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Klipsch Image S4 vs. the world

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My Ultimate Ears Superfi 4's broke the other day and I'm looking to buy a new pair of earphones. I liked the UEs since they fit very well, were portable and isolated great but they didn't sound very good (i never changed the tips, but i just learned about that reading these forums) and were too midrangey for me. I've heard a lot of great reviews about the S4's sound quality but I was wondering if anyone out there could tell me how the isolation stacks up? I live in a city, walk next to highways, ride the subway and whatnot frequently so good isolation is one of my top priorities. If anyone has any good-sounding and isolating alternatives between 50-100usd, I'm all ears as well. I listen to a variety of music but I generally prefer a clear balanced sound, not too bass-heavy.

 

Thanks

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Isolation of the S4 should be at least as good as that of the SF4. The Klipsch are slimmer and can fit deeper, plus the Klipsch gels are generally well-isolating tips. If you don't like particularly bass-heavy sound, however, you may want to look at alternatives to the S4. I'd read up on the ViSang R03 (aka Brainwavz M2) and Brainwavz M1 for more balanced sound than the S4 without a large sacrifice in isolation. If you want maximum isolation the Etymotic MC5 is definitely worth a look.

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Thanks for the reply; do you know if Visang/Brainwavz have any sort of website? I can probably go into China and buy them if I knew where to look.

 

I forgot to mention I also own a pair of Sony EX500SLs which sound pretty good, maybe a tiny bit weak in the mids for me now after having listened to the incredibly mid-heavy superfi4s for ages. I would love to use these more often but Sony's design is so damn gaudy; the cable is too long, flimsy, tangly and I don't enjoy J-style cords. How do the S4/M2 stack up in comparison to the EX500s if you know? Do the SHE9850s stack up in comparison to the M2 or S4? Sorry, I'm not so well-versed in IEMs - the super fi 4s and EX500s are the only ones I've ever owned.

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Originally Posted by fortepenance View Post

Thanks for the reply; do you know if Visang/Brainwavz have any sort of website? I can probably go into China and buy them if I knew where to look.

 

I forgot to mention I also own a pair of Sony EX500SLs which sound pretty good, maybe a tiny bit weak in the mids for me now after having listened to the incredibly mid-heavy superfi4s for ages. I would love to use these more often but Sony's design is so damn gaudy; the cable is too long, flimsy, tangly and I don't enjoy J-style cords. How do the S4/M2 stack up in comparison to the EX500s if you know? Do the SHE9850s stack up in comparison to the M2 or S4? Sorry, I'm not so well-versed in IEMs - the super fi 4s and EX500s are the only ones I've ever owned.



Mp4nation is the Brainwavz site. Not sure if ViSang has one but it certainly wouldn't be in English. I've never heard the SHE9850 or the EX500 so I can't be of any help. Perhaps mark (mark2410) can chime in as he's heard the EX500, SuperFi4, and M2/R03.

 

Oh and if you think the EX500s are gaudy you obviously haven't seen the Radius HP-TWF11 "DDM"...

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^they don't look that gawky, the EX500 is worse since I have to shorten the cord in order to not have cable swinging between my knees when I walk and listen at the same time. and I can't stand j-cords.

 

But awesome, mp4nation is based in Hong Kong which is perfect for me. Thought they were just retailers at first though. I'll drop mark a PM as well, cheers.


Edited by fortepenance - 10/16/10 at 3:00am
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well a quick little camparison, EX500 i found nice but too warm too smooth, too soft and the cable is shit.  the S4 has a rather thin cable but flexable.  sound wise it isalates much better than the sony and is very comfy but sound wise its a  bit of a V with hard treble and pounding bass, i really didnt enjoy it very much that bass just wouldnt ever calm down.  the M2 is also a big bass and not that different to the EX500 as i comment in my review of them http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/481178/visang-r03-review

 

oops got distracted

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so of these bassy 3 id take the M2, its fugly but it sounds great.

 

of the sf4 which i kinda liked but it like some impedance and power being applied.  the 9850 is a woird one, it changes dramatically with impedance getting way brighter and cleaner but bass light.  normally its a rich warm sound with good bass and mids, its not the clearest in the ward but it looks fob and isolaties like an ety which is fantastic, thing is if you felt the sf4 was really mid heavy they are maybe not the best choice for you. 

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Etymotic ER6 seems to be within your budget...although I can't comment on their SQ since I've never heard them...

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