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Which of this choices would give me the most neutral sound.

post #1 of 62
Thread Starter 

So I have narrowed my choices to these ,

Ortofon e-Q7 ,

 

Etymotic er4p

 

Shure SE420

 

Shure SCL4

 

Westone UM2

 

Westone UM3X

 

Fischer Audio DBA-02,

 

ATH CK10 ,

 

q-Jays.

 

IE8

 

As mentioned in the title , which of these choices would give me the most neutral , accurate sound production?

I know that many of you would start firing away stuff like the Triple.fi , SE530.. But in my country those stuff seemed to be really pricy. (Probably a 100USD away from IE8.)

Anyway , If you have any other IEM to recommend , feel free to do so , I would really really prefer those that are designed to wear over the ear , since I can't stand cable noise.

I know this kinda thread have been done for many times but shit.. I'm at a total loss.


Edited by skyflux - 6/27/10 at 5:04am
post #2 of 62

ER4p is quite close to neutral as far as I remember.

post #3 of 62

Ety Er-4 are not neutral, as they are tuned toward the high end of the spectrum,

 

Shure SE 420 is not a recommandable phone. It has rolled of bass and treble. Some like it, like Lucozade, though.

 

Shure SCL4 is an old design, and has been  outperformed by more recent offerings.

 

Westone UM2 is far from neutral. It has very punchy bass but rolls off quite early in the highs departement. Old design, too.

 

FA DBA-02 might be a good choice, I have not heard them. (anyone may help, there?)

 

Ath-CK10 can be considered as neutral, but tuned toward the high end of the spectrum, too, not quite as much as the Ety, better balance.

 

E-Q7 can be considered as neutral, with an emphasis on the mids, which are quite forward, and the treble does not extend as far as CK10.

 

q-jays do not have bass emphasis, treble is not bad but the freq response in the highs is not very linear.

 

IE8 is bass heavy, not balanced. It has good mids and highs, though, so if you like you music warm, might be a good choice.

 

edit: you might find an answer here :http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/476315/top-tier-universal-iem-comparison-chart-frequency-response-charts-discussion


Edited by Photofan1986 - 6/27/10 at 5:08am
post #4 of 62
Thread Starter 

Thanks!! That's very helpful.

I guess I will be leaning towards the DBA-02 and the e-Q7 then.

post #5 of 62

I'm surprised that RE0 is not considered.

post #6 of 62

Well, for a neutral presentation, I am thinking of Ck10 (brighter), RE-252, E-Q7, RE-0 (of course, forgot this great IEM!), DBA-02 (? not sure?)

post #7 of 62
Thread Starter 

Hmm I have heard alot of rave reviews about the RE0 , is it that great? Is it true that for that small price tag it can easily match those high end IEMs?

post #8 of 62

Don't forget the original retail price was US$200, and people back then still thought they were worth it. And you can also see RE0's when amped/modded are included in the top-tier thread.


Edited by kingpage - 6/27/10 at 5:39am
post #9 of 62
Thread Starter 

Will the RE0 be on par with the e-Q7 ?

post #10 of 62

Treble on RE0 goes higher than on E-q7, but mids on the Ortofons should be better, as well as bass.

My take: buy the RE-0 and see if you are satisfied with them. They are great phones, and maybe they are more than sufficient for what you are looking for.

If they don't suit your tastes, you can still sell them.

post #11 of 62

No one mention anything about the SM3?

post #12 of 62
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Originally Posted by Photofan1986 View Post

 

 

Shure SE 420 is not a recommandable phone. It has rolled of bass and treble. Some like it, like Lucozade, though.

 


Who me? like the SE420  ?  wash your mouth out with soapy water 

 

I recommend SM3, TF10  , IE7 FOR NEUTRAL 

post #13 of 62

id say RE-252

post #14 of 62

Of the units mentioned I currently own the ER4P and the RE-252 and they are more alike than different. Both are outstanding and offer excellent sound, the Ety offers better isolation so if you plan on using it on planes/trains it would be my first choice. I also have the SuperFi 3 Live and for the money it is a very nice sounding unit, I personally do not care for over the ear cable setup so I do not use them much.

post #15 of 62
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Will the RE0 be on par with the e-Q7 ?


RE0 is harder to drive, so it need a reasonably good source - at least a good sound card of Audigy 2 ZS level. Out of a good source and amp, I prefer RE0. e-Q7 has slightly better bass and lower mids, but RE0 winds hands down in the upper mids and treble IMO. And RE0 is far more neutral than the e-Q7.

 


 

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Who me? like the SE420  ?  wash your mouth out with soapy water 

 

I recommend SM3, TF10  , IE7 FOR NEUTRAL 


I am surprised that you recommend the Triple.fi. It is anything but neutral to my ears with a sloppy, overblown upper bass and seriously recessed upper mids.


Edited by Pianist - 6/27/10 at 2:38pm
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