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Need help choosing to buy best IEM for new year shure SE535, Westone 3, ER4P, or Triple fi

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I have $500 budget and have been reading over 20000 posts for a month now and still can't decide.  I know it will be the biggest price ticket earphone I commit into.  I'm currently use Etymotic HF3 for my iPhone but sometimes the sound is not quite what I expected.  It is a bit more tiring after listen to it for a while.  I tried many tips but still get me exhausted.  I listen to all kind of music from pop, rock, new age(kitaro), to jazz and classic.

 

what I really want is the top notch sound with great clarity plus it must be "non-fatiguing", which means I can listen to that great sound for over 7 hours just like listen to big stereo set.  I know this might be far fetch but it is what I'm hoping for.  I'm reading up on many products like SE535, Westone 3, ER4P, or Triple fi.  

 

what I'm looking for is again:

1 non-fatiguing

2 big sound stage nice surrond

3 great and precise detail on mid and treble

4 good punch on bass (doesn't need to be too strong) my hf3 is really lack on this.

 

I hope I can pack my big polk stereo system in to my ear but that is not a choice isn't it : )

 

Hope all of you seasoned head-fier can help me 

 

thank you in advance 

 

Dan

post #2 of 14

None of the above. Wait for the Westone 4, they'll cost you $449

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by hojomojo96 View Post

None of the above. Wait for the Westone 4, they'll cost you $449



when are those coming out?

post #4 of 14

It was announced that they would be released in the first quarter of 2011, if you can wait until then.

post #5 of 14

If you don't like the HF3, you won't like the ER-4. Same tips.

post #6 of 14

I had the TF10s and they have pretty punchy type of bass, very textured/detailed as well. 

post #7 of 14

I just got my Westone 3 IEM's and I love them. I tried them a few months ago, and couldn't believe the SQ.

 

I'm definitely not an audiophile, but since I started using them, I'm hearing instruments and sounds in songs I didn't even know were there.

 

As for comfort, they come with a bunch of different tips, so I think for most people should be able to find something that fits perfectly. I'm using the mid-size grey tips and I don't even know I'm wearing them after 2 hours...

 

... as for bass, I've certainly hear headphones with more Base, but not the mids and highs heard with these. I don't know if it's just me, but it seems the level of bass varies depending on which tips you are using.

 

Good luck, for me there was only one choice. I never dreamed I would spend $400 on "earbuds" but after hearing them, I had never heard music sound so good. I am now officially afraid to try over ear models wink_face.gif

 

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hm westone 4 sound really intriguing... they said that it will be reveal in ces 2011.  Not sure whether they will sell it there also, if so I might go there just to hear it out and hopefully get it smily_headphones1.gif

post #9 of 14

If comfort is a high priority (it is for most people), I'd say go with either the SE535s or the Westone 3's (though you might want to wait until the Westone 4's come out if you have that much money to spend). Both are excellent in terms of comfort and have a very warm, non-fatiguing sound signature. The 535 also has a replaceable cable, and you can buy one with a mic/remote/volume controls for the iPhone. Not to mention it's one of the best-sounding universal IEMs out there (you DO get what you pay for).

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by calipilot227 View Post

If comfort is a high priority (it is for most people), I'd say go with either the SE535s or the Westone 3's (though you might want to wait until the Westone 4's come out if you have that much money to spend). Both are excellent in terms of comfort and have a very warm, non-fatiguing sound signature. The 535 also has a replaceable cable, and you can buy one with a mic/remote/volume controls for the iPhone. Not to mention it's one of the best-sounding universal IEMs out there (you DO get what you pay for).


yes I agree with you.  I really like the detachable design of the SE535.  It looks indestructible.  I plan to have this new IEM for at least 3-5 years until the technologies excel and made way better product than it is now.  I will also wait for Westone 4.  I live in CA so go to CES 2011 is possible for me.  I might just go and give it a try at Westone booth then decide.

 

post #11 of 14

can u reshell the westone 3 and the soon to be release 4 ?

post #12 of 14

The Grado GR10 is probably the most comfortable non fatiguing iem I have ever had the pleasure to own.

post #13 of 14

If it's just the fit thats bothering you with your hf3s,

check out the etymotic custom fit.. for $100 an audiologist will fit you and you'll get the silicone tip.

http://www.etymotic.com/customfit/index.html

post #14 of 14

the shures are nice

 

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