Hi there people, this time I'm looking for a keeper earphones, no more Flavor of the Day for me. Lost quite a bit of cash throughout the process and my wallet's already screaming at me so I must get it right this time.
I have auditioned most earphones already so I'm more or less looking for your advice/help me justify a purchase.
Uhm, first of all customs are a no-go I just don't have the budget for them..
Just a little info about me: I can't really live with thin bass, I need some punch and weight in bass. The SM3 and UM3X are examples that produce perfect bass for me, not the TF10 (though I can live with TF10). However, with all due respect for the Senn's camp, I hated the IE8's bass - it was making me dizzy.
Okay, I was thinking about the JVC FX700. But I'm wondering whether it's worth spending money on a dynamic driver? I'm not trying to say they're lousier or anything but I kind of feel that my money *might* be more well spent on the armatures.. I'm also unsure if I can live without isolation since my past few IEMs all isolate pretty well. They've also been classified as a basshead 'phones so I'm hesitant about taking the plunge.
SM3: I had this once, loved the sound and I'm considering getting them again, but they can get uncomfortable with the weird nozzle angle (essentially what's keeping them in my ears isn't the body but the eartips - they might as well adopt the UE design) and their build quality is a little worrying; as mentioned I'm looking for a keeper IEM. So yeah..
UM3X: The fit on these is the BEST - I think they are made for my ears seriously! But I don't know how to explain this, these just felt dark in the mids if you know what I mean. But I figured if I listen to them for a long time, I start to get used to them a little... But switching between the q-Jays and these, wow, the difference (mids and highs though, q-jays' bass is no competition) is too much for me to drop the dollars. Now if someone drops by and tell me I was just hearing hyped up unnatural sound in the jays and I'll consider these again!
Uhm, Westone 3 is no-go too, I just didn't like it and unlike the UM3X, I'm certain my brain won't burn in to them.
TF10: Had this once too, considering to get them again, awesome sound, could do with a little more punch though (no budget for an amp), but with a crappy fit and worrying build quality. Moreover buying these automatically mean spending money on ES2/any other cables.
SE530: I haven't heard this, only heard the 535 and its bass wasn't as light as I thought it would be, but I only auditioned them for a very short while and I'm afraid I will find them lacking after I get them. If it's TF10 level of bass, I can live with it. They (the 535 at least), sounds a little more musical than the UM3X imo and I could adjust to their sound sig faster. Anyone who has heard the TF10 vs 530 or 535 vs 530 would like to chime in on this? The 535's are out of my budget.
Monsters? Nahhh monsters and my money just don't get along quite well.
I do care for build quality because I believe at this asking price they should at the very least be decently built. Cables are also another factor I'm looking out for, I've always wanted one which aren't so microphonic and easy to manage, not one that kinks like a worm.
I think I might have offended several people from respective camps and I hereby apologize.
Any of your sage advices would be deeply appreciated and thoroughly considered - I'm determined to get it right this time!
Edited by variazion - 9/9/10 at 2:29am