So I have looked through the first few pages of searches entitled "iem vs full size" but the conclusion is surprisingly ambiguous. A few years ago when I was more active in the forums, fullsize won no question. I currently use grado 325s. I want something equal or better. I had looked at w3s jh-5s and others but I wanted to make sure that these iems were atleast comparable.
Is it merely a physical limitation that makes these two uncomparable? will iems always have some rolled highs and less soundstage? soundstage is not a big issue with me anyway. I like impact and prat with good dynamic range that is "warm colored" but not "muddy".
So where does the JH-5 and W3 stand? does it compete with the Rs1,HD-800 etc or can you simply not compare them and if not why? soundstage? impact? Same reason speakers will always have better impact than headphones?
Lets assume my fullsize cans are the weak link and my source/dac etc is pretty topnotch. I will probably drive iems with the 602 or 801 hifiman.
I will need to get iems anyway but this atleast gives me some idea of how much I want to spend.