Dear |joker| and everyone reading this thread, I am looking for a new recommendation after my Rock It Sounds R-50 showed up defective (left earpiece sound dropping off depending on positioning of cable near earpiece housing). Rock It Sounds offered to refund my purchase amount, so I am now looking for an alternative.
I loved the clarity, detail, resolution and separation of the R-50, along with the airy presentation, but I felt it lacked a bit in terms of low-end body and weight. I compared them to my brother's BA200, and the BA200 brought back the more realistic body and weight I was missing, but lost the airy top-end and sounded less detailed and a bit too smoothed-over to me.
In short, I am looking for an IEM that can give me the R-50's fantastic airy presentation and detail, but with a bit of the body, weight and low-end fullness of the BA200. I am open to both armature and dynamic drivers, but I feel armatures might give me more of the detail and resolution I love about the R-50.
Please help, |joker| and other knowledgeable members! :)
Unfortunately I haven't heard the BA-200 yet. Not sure of your budget but the PFE 232 would be an option for a clear-sounding BA-based earphone with plenty of bass punch.
Hello, I have $100 dollars ready to be dropped on some IEMs, I was going to get the Shure SE215s but they where sold out at my local distributor. After looking for a bit, these are my choices:
wait a little bit and get the SE215, for $100
get the Sony XBA1 directly from the sony store, for around $80
or save up a little and go for the XBA2, which are $150 at the sony store
based on value and sound alone, which are more worth it? The Shure dealer also have the SE315s for retail ($200) But I'm not too thrilled about paying that much for a single driver BA, though I do prefer the overall look of the Shure's more
I've only heard the XBA-1 briefly and the XBA-2 not at all. It will really depend on what you want from your IEMs - the SE215 follows an enhanced-bass signature with a warm tonal character. The XBA-1 is more balanced and neutral - its sonic competitors would be things like the UE 600 and Etymotic MC5.