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HELP: Custom 3's, Super Fi 5 EB, Monster Turbine, JVC FX 500, Shure SE420 or ?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hi, after months of looking around for new iem's I've narrowed the list down.

 

I'm no audiophile but the feeling I get from listening to great music is undescribable, and the feeling i get from listening to poo sounding music just pisses the hell out of me.

 

This is the first time I'm buying iem's $100+ believe it or not in Australia we pay atleast 75$ for metro fi 150s.... yes a HUGE rip off, and for Denon ah C751's not 199, not 299 but $399.

 

Now I'm currently confused on what iem's to get, currently this is what i've came up with.

 

Super fi's have durability issues though replaceable cables especially those made by kenull fixes those problems?

Custom 3's sound great though cloth covered cable makes them a boo boo.

Shure se420's prob the most expensive one's here though con would probably it's fairly heavy?

Monster Turbine- paying 149$ as im not willing to risk buying some counterfeit copy, though for this much i can get customs which are meant to be better?

JVC Fx500, just came up about 30 minutes ago, look's good, reviews seem great though durability? im not sure.

 

I listen to all kind's of music, and when i mean all this includes, trance, techno, drum n bass, soul, R&B, hip-hop, punk, screamo, rock, pop.... Though i must say i enjoy bass, but not so much that it over powers everything else.

 

 

I APOLOGIZE FOR SUCH A LONG QUESTION, Thanks in advance =)

post #2 of 22

hmm the se420 is really flat and boring apparantly wont really suit ,drum and base ,r&b and there are much better choices in that price range ,not sure how much everything is in the US but the westone um2 is pretty good also .

 

My choices from you list would be (best to worrst )Custom 3>um2>super fi 5eb >fx500>turbine>>>se420 ,there is multiple post by this user who kept on saying is really bad and boring so thats kinda off putting cos there is a really good deal in the uk right now on them

post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 

oO do they ship to Australia? uhm though yeah custom 3's are pretty much on top of my list, i had a look at um2, um1's but apparently the um1's really lack bass and the UM2's cheapest i could find was 250 USD not inc shippingand that's pushing my budget even further, though thanks for the advice.

 

The only gripe i have about the custom 3's is the cloth cable =/

post #4 of 22

If you can withstand the cable, the Custom 3 has nice sound for the price--~$160 USD in the states.

 

Classic Turbines--~$100 USD in the USA--are about the best for their price point if you're a bass lover, somewhat better than the Denon C710 and a hell of a lot better than the C751.

 

($399 for the C751?!? Are you kidding? That's top-line universal here, IE8/Turbine Copper/W3. Is there any sort of forwarding service you can use, because that's robbery.)

 

FX500 are also an excellent set, a bit deeper than the Custom 3s, a bit more precise than the Turbines. I would buy these before either of the others, but this is my taste. Others will differ.

 

The SF5EB probably aren't as rotten as I originally thought, but I would buy nearly any other phone at its price point, or lower--C710, Turbine, Hippo VB, anything except the C751.

 

Not to hate on the C751s--they're competent phones, not altogether miserable--they're just at the bottom of their class.

post #5 of 22

`@MATTO, from your list i would go for custom3 ,they are the best for under $150 or even higher in my opinion ,had mine for 10 months and have had no problems with the cable other than microphonics if moving around too much.

 

SE420 suck, you will not like them as they have very little bass and very rolled of highs 

 

i have not heard fx500 but many users say there treble is too harsh and piecing 

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

ahah yes! i reckon, everything here is overpriced it's a load of poo, I'm moving to the states 1 day, even cars here are alot more expensive. Also what make's you say the superfi's are rotten? ahah i can't seem to find much threads on them apart from their cable being absoloute rubbish.

 

umm lucozade that doesn't sound to good, piercing treble is frustrating, i think i'm going with the custom 3's then unless i change my mind sometime soon lol.

 

thanks for the replies, appreciated.

post #7 of 22

@ matto , how much is the pioneer se-clx9 over there ? this is not a bad midrange iem , although not as refined or nice sounding as custom 3 this iem dose have five interchangeable sound tubes so you can change the sound to your preference from very treble ,to treble ,neutral , bass, or extra bass 

post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

I'll be buying these headphones off ebay or some other site based most likely in the u.s or if the JVC's then from japan as i mentioned above it's wayy to expensive to buy them here even if they come with warranty here im not willing to pay double lol, and im well aware of the counterfeits off turbines thus finding it hard to find on ebay :(

post #9 of 22
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@lucozade i found them at some japanese website will cost about 220 AUD that's custom 3 money/ x5, and honestly i wouldnt like to play around with earphones hahaha. I've narrowed down my list but added a new addition. The new bass enchanced Klipsch S4's, Custom 3's, Super.fi 5 pro's as apparently E.B's are over powering and weigh a tonne thus fall out when even just walking...

 

Forgot to mention i'll be using these mostly at the gym, though i don't do much cardio and when i do my gym has treadmills with a place to put my ipod thus never putting the cables in any stress & i don't sweat much soo im sure non-sport earphones are fine.

 

post #10 of 22

The custom 3 has a lovely sound and is still one of my favorite phones but i have to say they are not the beast for running on treadmills at the gym as your footfalls will be transferred up the cables to your ears , they are best enjoyed while relaxing at home or somewhere that does not require a lot of vigorous movement .

post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by lucozade View Post

The custom 3 has a lovely sound and is still one of my favorite phones but i have to say they are not the beast for running on treadmills at the gym as your footfalls will be transferred up the cables to your ears , they are best enjoyed while relaxing at home or somewhere that does not require a lot of vigorous movement .


I thought you're in the SE420 fan club? Isn't 420 the best? Come on, tell us the truth, it's the best of the plethora of earphones you have 

post #12 of 22

SE420, now your talking , you can't go wrong with a pair of those little beauties .just don't plug them in to antthing and they will sound at there best.
 

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I thought you're in the SE420 fan club? Isn't 420 the best? Come on, tell us the truth, it's the best of the plethora of earphones you have 

post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 

guys due to a recent well spending spree im a little low on cash so what i've decided is to buy senny 380s for the gym and a pair of decent IEM's

 

here's my choices either a klipsch s4 or a UE super fi.4

post #14 of 22

Noooooooo!!

If you're in Victoria or Brisbane there are meets coming up soon that you should attend, they'll give you a much easier way of trying out stuff.

 

Anything UE is a big no-no unless you're planning to recable them. Their cables suck really bad.

 

I suggest the Vsonic R02proII, get them off ebay or headphonic. They're quite mid/bass centered, with smooth treble, sounds perfect for you.

post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 

Im in perth, so you recommend these vsonics over the klipsch?

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