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IEM for Classical

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I have some replacement RE0s coming, but I was looking for other suggestions outside of the RE0. I gather the RE0s I get will just fail in under a year (sorry).

 

 

- Head-Direct RE0 own

- Sunrise SW-Xcape v1 bought

- Fischer Audio Silver Bullet rev 2 bought

- ECCI PR401 bought

 

- Fischer Audio DBA-02 (musicaacoustics.com)

- Fischer Audio DBA-04 (unannounced)
- VSONIC GR07 (lendmeurears.com)

Etymotic MC5 ($79, owned Ety's before, easy choice, amazon) yuck

- Brainwavz M3, B2 (mp4nation.net)

- MEElectronics CC51

- Phonak Audéo PFE (grey and black filters)
- Sunrise 'Xcited' and 'Xcape Impressive Edition'

- SoundMAGIC PL50

 

Anything else around $100 I'm missing? I'd like it to be easily purchaseable online or through a retailer (Toronto, Ontario) and with a decent warranty / build quality

 

My musical preferences are: 60% Classical, 40% World (including pure acoustic music like Toumani Diabate and Hamza El Din)

 

Thank you for ideas!


Edited by jarrett - 5/24/11 at 5:10am
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little bump

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Cresyn C750, HJE900, PFE112, MC5 and RE-ZERO.........

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Cresyn gives me huge security warnings when I try to visit their website: http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://www.cresyn.com/&hl=en

 

Edit: updated first post


Edited by jarrett - 9/22/10 at 8:53pm
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Around 100 but really lasts? My JAMz that i am using MIGHT fit the bill, Rugged Strained Relief = Check, Metal Driver Housing = Check, Survived my tugs and flops = Check. Although it won have Bass like its big turbine brothers (If you heard anything from Turbines onward to Turbine Pros etc before) But around 100 Range yes, It won top the bang-for-buck list 100% but is eligible coming from me =)

 

And Klipsch S4 too, Those things (including the import price etc all summed up) does goes around the range, won be confident those are also around might even be under or above 100 range by a small margin in your country, but worth giving both of them a listen, And from my ears i do say Fischer Audio Eterna (which i sneaked peakly auditioned from my friend's) is a good buy, not sure how much the eterna cost but not stellar expensive from what i recall too!

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I listen to 90% classical music and love my ety's (ER6i) the most for the genre.  The other ones that I listen to quite a bit with classical is the meelec M9 especially for the recordings of Bach Cello Suites.  I haven't heard anything else you have listed. 

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The panasonic hje900's handle both genres well and fit within your budget.
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The panasonic hje900's handle both genres well and fit within your budget.


+1

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I went with the MC5s. I would have bought the Phonak Perfect Bass, but it only comes with green (bass) filters. Judging from posts about it, you'd want the grey filters for classical, and maybe the blacks would do too, but the greens attenuate too much and you lose detail. I think the Silver Bullet might be fun to try too 


Edited by jarrett - 9/25/10 at 10:17pm
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I went with the MC5s. I would have bought the Phonak Perfect Bass, but it only comes with green (bass) filters. Judging from posts about it, you'd want the grey filters for classical, and maybe the blacks would do too, but the greens attenuate too much and you lose detail. I think the Silver Bullet might be fun to try too 


Let us know your thoughts after you have listened with them for a bit.

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+1


+2 or if you can snag ERP4P for slightly more used.


Edited by alphaphoenix - 9/25/10 at 10:27pm
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^^ what is ERP4P?

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The elusive ER4P, this is my goal that some day I shall own it.  What I have read about this phone is that it is the end all be all for classical music especially at the price/performance ratio.

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The elusive ER4P, this is my goal that some day I shall own it.  What I have read about this phone is that it is the end all be all for classical music especially at the price/performance ratio.


Not really. Actually, pretty much the opposite is true, in my opinion. Classical music requires an IEM to do 3 things very well:

 

1) Soundstage - orchestra recordings sound terrible in a compressed space.

2) Bass - those timpani are there for a reason. Listening to Mahler, as an example, without good bass simply sucks away all the emotion.

3) Timbre - elusive and difficult to quantify, but good timbre is almost exclusively the domain of dynamic driver IEMs.

 

Etymotic's IEMs, with their sharply rolled off and recessed bass, tiny soundstage, and poor timbre fail at these three elements. In my experience, the above three characteristics are almost always best exemplified by dynamic driver IEMs. YYMV.

 

Edit: Not that etymotic IEMs aren't good for very specific types of music - violin solos come to mind - but by and large, they would be my last choice for classical music.


Edited by JxK - 9/25/10 at 11:51pm
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You can have it for peanuts if you find a pair of Altec Lansing IM616 or the bassier IM717. They the Ety and the Altec Lansing are pretty much the same IEM in my opinion.

 

I owned both the ER4P and the IM616 at the same time and my conclusion was that I liked the IM616 ever so slightly more!

 

They are amazing for the price (got a new pair for $40). The only problem I found was that both the Ety and the Altec Lansing were picky when it came to amping. Out of an iPod and out of the Practical Devices XM4 I had at the time, they sounded sub-par. Out of a bigger amp, they were very good.

 

The other problem, a personal thing, was the comfort. Only the bi and tri-flange tips worked for me. However they can become umcomfortable after a short while. Other people have no problem.

 

Incredible isolation.

 


 

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Originally Posted by dziendobry View Post

The elusive ER4P, this is my goal that some day I shall own it.  What I have read about this phone is that it is the end all be all for classical music especially at the price/performance ratio.

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