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Shure SE535 vs Sennheiser IE8 vs Monster Turbines Pro (MD, Gold or Copper)

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, I'm selling my 7 string guitar soon, which should leave me enough money for a portable amp/DAC and a pretty good pair of IEM's. 

 

Which would be the right pair for me? I'm not a basshead, I'd rather have a better soundstage, balance and good separation.I listen to lots of music genres and can't make up my mind on what IEM's to get. Here are my options

 

Shure SE535

Sennheiser IE8

Turbines Pro Gold

Turbines Pro Copper

Turbine Miles Davis Tribute

 

I'm also open to suggestions for other IEM's

post #2 of 17
Thread Starter 

bump?

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post #4 of 17

im super stoked for my dba 02 to come in, if you read up on them you can see why. Just got the radius ddm, taking some time to get used to them, but they really do sound amazing.

post #5 of 17
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how to the dba 02 stack up to the SE535?

post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by DeoRodriguez View Post

how to the dba 02 stack up to the SE535?


I'll let you know as soon as mine (DBA's) come in... a week?

post #7 of 17
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I'll let you know as soon as mine (DBA's) come in... a week?


That would be very much appreciated 

 

On the meanwhile, would you recommend the 535s for unamped use? 

 

As I'd be using them mostly for my iPod and laptop when I go out... For home use I'll stick to the 840's and soon to get (hopefully) iBasso D2+ Boa

post #8 of 17
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That would be very much appreciated 

 

On the meanwhile, would you recommend the 535s for unamped use? 

 

As I'd be using them mostly for my iPod and laptop when I go out... For home use I'll stick to the 840's and soon to get (hopefully) iBasso D2+ Boa


most IEMs function on the basis that they are portable and therefore do not require an amp to sound near to their full potential. This is a general statement of course and differs with personal tastes and stuff.

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That would be very much appreciated 

 

On the meanwhile, would you recommend the 535s for unamped use? 

 

As I'd be using them mostly for my iPod and laptop when I go out... For home use I'll stick to the 840's and soon to get (hopefully) iBasso D2+ Boa


Unamped? Absolutely. I've heard little change in overall characteristics from amp to iPod.

 

Personally I think everything improves slightly when 'amped', but that's not IEM or Full size can dependent. It's just the nature of the beast. The amp and DAC in the iPod is only so good. When I'm home and I am amping things, I'm also playing HD tracks  (24bit / 96khz) or other uncompressed wav. I'm also playing bit-perfect and through a great DAC / Amp with lots of power, etc... so it certainly should sound better. But... the overall tonality of the IEM really doesn't change that much.

 

shane

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot for your replies...

 

And as soon as I sell my guitar and hear your opinion about the DBAs, I'll try to make a decision!

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by DeoRodriguez View Post

Thanks a lot for your replies...

 

And as soon as I sell my guitar and hear your opinion about the DBAs, I'll try to make a decision!


Being that you seem to be looking at these two, you may want to 'subscribe' to those two dedicated threads. You can certainly ask for comparisons there... Once the current shipment of DBA's get into several of our hands... opinions will be hitting the fan!

Stay tuned.

 

shane

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by shane55 View Post




Being that you seem to be looking at these two, you may want to 'subscribe' to those two dedicated threads. You can certainly ask for comparisons there... Once the current shipment of DBA's get into several of our hands... opinions will be hitting the fan!

Stay tuned.

 

shane

Will do! Thanks for the help!
 

post #13 of 17

I would choose either the Sennheiser's or the Shure's, Monster are relatively new in the Headphone market, and imo are all about bass (enter Dr. Dre beats - which are diabolical headphones for the price). You can manually tweak the bass on the Sennheiser's and the cable is replaceable too. However, as someone has already pointed out in this thread, the Shures and Sennheisers won't need an amp to sound near their best, as they are already designed to do so, hence the portability. 

post #14 of 17

Well, I thought that the IE8 sounded superlative out of my iPod, then I discovered the HiFiMan-801. When I didn't think the IE8's could get better, they sounded at least 50% better than through the iPod. I was startled actually. People here pooh-pooh the IE8 but they just haven't heard how it can scale up.


Edited by davidhunternyc - 6/27/11 at 8:49pm
post #15 of 17

The only IE's I have ever been impressed with were the SHURE 535s

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