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I've had my Shure SE420 for something like 8 months now. I bought a Cowon J3 a month ago, the quality is breathtaking but.... My Shure SE420 are way too neutral... There is not enough basses and when there is basses it seems like it's middle-basses. I think I need something more energic, with more punch. Someone said it sounds "nasal" too, it's another feeling I have about this model, so I think the sound could be more "spacial" too, I don't know how to describe this...
I had a Koss Porta Pro once, there were enough basses and good ones, deep just how I like it, if I could just have the same basses in the ear I would be sooo happy. My mother has Sennheiser HD595 I tried it, it's too neutral too, the basses are richer and deeper than the SE420 but it's still not enough :(... I can't try in ears like this in stores and I don't know anybody who can let me try a model. Maybe you could tell me some particular songs I can listen too to tell you how it sounds IMO with my Shure SE420. At least I love the mediums on the SE420.
Some tests I made on popular songs :
Michael Jackson : Beat It /// Could have more punch, and more "spacial" would be better.
Lady Gaga : Alejandro /// Nice to listen, basses could be stronger and deeper.
Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away /// Boring... Won't you just wake up ???
Coldplay - Yes /// More basses and punch could be cool during first part, second part is boring...
I was thinking of Shure SE535 though the price is absolutely exagerated and doesn't seem to go down, or Shure SE530 at a fair price : I can have it at 270 euros... Maybe if I give you some examples you'll be able to help me better. I have no idea apart from the SE535, I used to trust Sennheiser but it seems like IE8 have too many cons like isolation... I'd like a 3 drivers model I believe it makes music "alive" and brings accuracy when it's well-managed. I think I could also go for UE, Westone... Oh, and I'm pretty sure about the choice between headphones and in ears I think it's as effective as when it's directly in the ear somehow, the clarity is breathtaking, you can almost touch the instruments and same for the basses, it impresses me. Well, maybe I'm completely mistaken also :P.
Actually I LOVE the signature of COWON J3 + my old SENNHEISER CX550 Style 2, the basses are wonderful with this combo. But the mediums are not as good as what I remembered and it doesn't seem to have much spatialisation and accuracy... If you could find top in-ears with this signature that would be perfect !
Info : I listen at low volume : Cowon J3 + SE420 at 01 up to 04 maximum (meaning 12 with headphones max), FLAC always. I listen to Trance (50%) and almost everything (Rock, OST etc...). I have Harman/Kardon Soundsticks 2 which give a lovely sound together with Cowon J3. With Trance the basses can't "hump", it absolutely needs to be deep else it sucks, for instance you can listen to this : http://www.junodownload.com/products/2099/1545165-02/ .
Thank you for your help ...
Edited by ThibWay - 8/11/10 at 8:21am