Originally Posted by priest
I am sorry no one is answering your question, because something sounds really wrong. I can't help at all, but I'll bump.
Originally Posted by paintballswimguy
You might try running it through a home reciever if you have a decent one. It will at least amp it decently and that should help you understand a little better.
I don't really have any decent home equipment, just a cheap stereo and a computer with on-board sound.
Originally Posted by AndrewG
They should already sound 'fun' and 'musical', UE18 isn't subtle. do they fit correctly? (if you apply pressure to them while they're in does the sound change?) I would suggest an RSA portable amp, or a DAC/AMP combo if you also plan to use it with a CPU.
I think they fit correctly, I used the sensaphonics seal test and heard the high tone clearly and the low tone I half heard half felt and they sure do block out sound. Just tested and I don't hear a difference when I push on them.
It could very well be that there is no problem, but I need to get used to a different sound then my super fi 5 pro's.
I have two questions that might clear this up.
1. Is there such thing as a "burn in" period with balanced armature iem's?
2. does an amp just make everything louder uniformly or is it possible some frequencies are not being pushed hard enough by my media players and an amp will take care of this.
I have read through the forums as best I could and can't seem to get a clear picture as to the answer to these questions. I know the balanced armatures tend to have low impedance in general but still see plenty of pics with amps.
Thanks for all your help.