Hey guys. I'm a new member to this forum and truthfully a new member into the listening community and have no idea how to start. I have a good idea where I want to go. Currently I own a pair of Triplefi 10pros and enjoy them very much. I have been listening to them unamped for a year and looking forward to upgrading them. I ordered a pair of Null-Audio's Lune replacement wires and am hoping to get them soon. I listen to classical music (Mahler, Beethoven), old school rock (Rush, Iron Maiden), metal (A7X, Disturbed, FFDP), and 90's R&B. As you can see my music preference is pretty wide. Okay enough background, now my inquiry.
I have read many posts about Unique Melody's reshell/remolding service (actually out of curiosity from Null-Audio's remolding service; however, UM seemed to have a higher popularity amongst the Head-Fi community). The only pair of headphones I own are the TF10 pro's. When I was reading the reviews, it seems like a lot of people that send their set of universal IEM's out to UM are ready to quit on them due to comfort, or because they found that they found their preferable sound signature else where (Such as the W3's or SE535's; however, I may be wrong).
I'm stuck in a 2 o'clock soap opera dilemma. I could spend my money on amping my setup with an RSA Predator, but as I am aware, a majority of the community don't like amping their IEM's because it isn't a significant difference. Understood, but the versatility of using a amp/DAC for my Ipod 5th gen would probably pose as a positive gain (I use apple lossless as my source) and possibly using it for my future source. I may be wrong, but I know a lot of individuals say the integrated Ipod amp... sucks?
Than there is the case where I can spend my money on reshelling my TF10 Pros... The fit (in all truthfulness) works and its fairly comfortable. The right channel occasional falls out on the colder of days (NY cold) but its not that big of a problem. The main issue comes when I'm laying in bed trying to listen to music, but that applies to 60% of the IEM's out there. Possibly even more. What I am looking for is the expanded sound stage and the elaboration mids of an added driver; which would help. So it is sort of like hitting 2 birds with one stone? The added modification and improved seal.
So what should be my next stepping stone? More than likely I will be landing both of my feet on an amp and the reshelling and maybe reshelling with the 8 driver set (if that is even worth doing... What's your opinion of the TF10's to an 8 driver vs a 4 driver upgrade vs a stock reshell?) I hope you guys can help me. I'm a noob and I only understand able 70% of the terms being thrown around. Should I expand in a different direction such as investing in a new pair of IEM's or cans. Should I get the amp? or should I just make a gutsy move and reshell to an 8 driver set? Thanks guys
Edited by QuantumXL - 11/18/10 at 8:29am