First I’d like to thank everyone on here for all the knowledge. I will say that this is an amazingly civil and informed group and has already helped me immensely. A few months ago I was looking to get a good pair of IEMs and decided on a pair of ER4ps. I will say they are wonderful but also a gateway “drug” to me. I’m looking for the perfect upgrade and have searched the forum but need a little help.
First, the majority of my music will be coming from an Iphone 3gs and bought through Itunes. I plan on upgrading to either the Iphone4/5 or whatever comes next. I really thought long and hard about going the separate DAP and/or Amp route but in the end it comes down to convenience. I travel a lot for work and like to pack light as I already have enough junk to bring.
That being said isolation is very important (plane rides) and I’d like something to rival the ER4’s. I love the triple flanges as I am used to wearing hearing protection of the same design.
So bottom line, I love the sound a of the Er4p’s but would like to upgrade. I love the clarity and the tight punchy bass, but feel they get washed out a little too much when some songs get busier. Separation, clarity, isolation, and durability are my main priorities. Looking at the SM3s, UM3x’s, or maybe JH5’s but if the JH10X3s/ES3x are that much better can stretch it.
The SM3s seem like a near consensus selection for universals, however not sure on sound sig. Also, how is customer service if I say need to replace cables. UM3x: worried about driving with Iphone at higher impedance, also seems the SM3 is almost unanimous over these. Should I just step up to customs and if so, would the Jh5s be too colored if I love the sig of the ER4P.
Thanks in advance for the help and sorry for the long post.
Edited by curtisl - 9/23/10 at 4:56pm