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What IEM would you select in this price range?

post #1 of 26
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Just wanted to see what every ones preferences would be in various price ranges shown below.  Please inform us as to what IEM you would select, not out of what Ive chosen.....but your own personal choices.  I will go ahead and start with my choices.

 

(retail price)

 

$0-$30......  JVC Marshmellows and Vmoda Bass Freq, I love bass and these IEM do the trick for me.  I have a JL 12 in my car.

 

$30-$60 .........  Sony MDR-XB40EX, again the bass.....but I also enjoy the full sound.  Tried UE superfi.4  Clear /highs, but              no bass......ugggghhhhhh!

 

$60-$100 ........  Klipshe I4's, Monster Jamz

 

$100-$300 ........  Monster Turbines, Monster Pro Copper and Westone 2's

 

 

............I have not heard a wealth of IEMs, nor do I claim to be an audiophile, but I do have a good deal of audio knowledge and prefer a certain fullness to my music.  I listen to bass heavy songs usually, but do love Jazz and string instruments as well as vocals.  Some of my decisions were based on reviews Ive read about the IEMs, and also the aesthetics of them. 


Edited by lebomb - 6/24/10 at 10:42am
post #2 of 26

$0-$30         MEElec M9

$30-$60       Brainwavz M1 or ViSang R02

$60-$100     Brainwavz M2 (but curious about the upcoming Maximo iM-795)

$100-$300   Fischer DBA-02

Last category seems like a very broad price range.

post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by dfrost View Post

$0-$30         MEElec M9

$30-$60       Brainwavz M1 or ViSang R02

$60-$100     Brainwavz M2 (but curious about the upcoming Maximo iM-795)

$100-$300   Fischer DBA-02

Last category seems like a very broad price range.

 ..............yeah I was going to break it down a bit more on the last one, but once you are over $100, might as well put down a couple in the 100-300 range. 

 

Brainwavz look solid!!!  I wish I knew how they sounded.
 

post #4 of 26

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Do not expect one dynamic speaker to do what a complex designed, multi crossover network can achieve.

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 lebomb View Post  Just wanted to see what every ones preferences would be in various price ranges..

In general you pay about $100 a driver (speaker) for a decent set of earphones.  $200.00 for a two-way crossover network (like two speakers), and  +$300.00 for three.  The fewest compromises in sound quality, will come from three way crossovers and above.


Edited by Sumflow - 6/25/10 at 3:21pm
post #5 of 26

"Do not expect one dynamic speaker to do what a complex designed, multi crossover network can achieve."

 

Hum, were have you been for a long time? Sennheiser IE8, Monster Turbine pro, Hifiman RE-0, RE-252,...all of those are stellar performers and sometimes even better than multi-driver IEMS.

post #6 of 26

hmm I swear people generally like Sennheiser IE8 more than Westone 3 whereas IE8 has one dynamic speaker opposed to Westone 3 having 3 speakers. And in most stores IE8 is a bit more expensive than Westone 3. 

post #7 of 26

Drivers has nothing to do with this at all, don't be mislead. It so happens that the top universal IEM is a triple armature one, but the second from the top is dynamic (FX-700 if I'm not mistaken).  There are many good dynamic IEMs that are every bit as capable as some triple driver armatures. Armatures need to work together in such networks to overcome a physical limitation that dynamics do not have, and thus, dynamics can in fact be expected to compete. We could very well see a dynamic IEM take over the top spot from the SM3.


Edited by ethan961 - 6/25/10 at 6:39am
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by dfrost View Post

$0-$30         MEElec M9

$30-$60       Brainwavz M1 or ViSang R02

$60-$100     Brainwavz M2 (but curious about the upcoming Maximo iM-795)

$100-$300   Fischer DBA-02

Last category seems like a very broad price range.



+1 on the < $100 picks. The M9 owns the Mallows.

post #9 of 26

Dynamics have been improving a lot the last couple years and I could see them overtaking (is that the right wording here?) the market the way BA drivers based iem's have done in the past.

 

0-30 : Sound Magic PL30

30-60 : haven't had many phones this range but MeElectronics M6

60-100: Head Direct RE0

100-300: Ortofon e-Q7..I could choose a lot of iem's here but I use e-Q7 the most right now

post #10 of 26

$0-$30 PL30

$30-$60 Fischer Eterna

$60-$100 Re0

$100-$300 ck10

post #11 of 26

eterna v2

a no brainer

post #12 of 26

Fun exercise. I am totally going to sound like a ViSang fanboy but...

 

$0-$30: ViSang R01 (fun), ECCI PR100 (balanced)
$30-$60: ViSang R02 (fun), Brainwavz M1 (balanced)
$60-$100: ViSang R03 (fun), FA Eterna (relaxed), Hippo VB (intense), RE0 (analytical)
$100-$300: Radius DDM (fun), CK10 (analytical), OK1 (realistic)

post #13 of 26

Where do you get this stuff.

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Originally Posted by ethan961 View Post   It so happens that the top universal IEM is a triple armature one,

One poster makes a list because he likes the signature of distortion of a French sound, and you think that makes it the top one.  Ha.. 

 

Top 3 are three way crossovers or more.


Edited by Sumflow - 6/25/10 at 3:22pm
post #14 of 26

sumflow, is all you do is troll?

How about the er4s's?

post #15 of 26

~100: RE0s for detail

100-200: ER4S

200< : SM3.

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