Hello, I'm looking for the best neutral IEM I can find for a friend of mine. I believe he does have a decent ear for audio as he has worked as a sound tech. for the past few years and has undoubtedly heard some decent equipment. The problem is that he doesn't own any equipment that I would even consider owning. Right now he is using some cheap Philips IEMs that are pretty bad, and since I can't afford good speakers, I think this is were I need to help him. He owns a Cowon D2 and listens to a lot of music off of his new gaming laptop that I picked out for him. I don't know what kind of sound card is in the laptop, but I'm sure its pretty decent as it is part of the new mobile i5/i7 chipset. He is also big into tweaking EQ settings, something I am not a fan of but that's just me. Because of this, I have decided that getting him some nice neutral sounding IEMs that he can tweak to his liking is the best route. So here is what I'm looking at:
I've heard amazing statements about these over the last couple of years. I've heard people tell me that they compare favorably to the top tier of IEMs. I'm a bit skeptical about that, but I am pretty sure that they are a great value. From what I've read, these are extremely neutral, clear, and accurate IEMs which seems like a good option. Then again I might be biased towards these because I'm personally dying to try them.
Sleek Audio SA6:
Digital EQ is nice and all, but these things allow you to tweak them with different filters and such. I've always felt this was a dumb gimmick, but I also feel similar toward EQ so I guess I'm biased. The problem is that I'm not exactly convinced that these will out class the RE0s and they cost almost twice as much.
Basically I've heard that these are very good and can come close to the ER4s overall. Since they are Etymotic, I know that they will be very neutral, accurate, and have great clarity. How this compares to the much cheaper RE0s, I have no idea, and since the RE0 was plagued by the FOTM status, its hard to find reliable information.
So what do you guys think?