First off, hello to the head-fi community:) This is my first post.
I owned the Shure E3C's a few years ago and they were tremendous to my ears. I had only had the apple ear buds prior to that!
Eventually, they broke (2 diff. pairs) and I had a much tighter budget, so I bought the next remodel of the E2C's (I can't remember which they were exactly, but the 2's) and was very disappointed and I barely listened to them.
A couple years later and I need IEMs. I did a bunch of research, and despite liking the review of the Klipsch Custom 3, I wasn't ready to deal with the pain in the butt cables, and went with the Phonak 112, with a lovely discount code, shipped with a 2 day delivery, for 139 dollars. I was so excited.
However, when I received them, they didn't sound THAT great. The sound just wasn't that clear and the bass was pretty weak. I don't really listen to rock or anything with a lot of base. It's mostly a lot of vocals, jazz etc.
Later that night, I was listening to two different songs, Stereo 10, by Beach House and Thanksgiving, by George Winston. Both of these songs aren't that heavy. The first is a heavily synthed piano piece song with female vocals and a pretty quiet, but driving beat. I wasn't impressed.
Then, when I put on George Winston (only piano) I noticed when I turned it up a little (I was connected to my macbook, with the EQ off) there was a slight crackle when he hit a high note.
Could I really have been testing them that much? This is a quiet piano piece and frankly it wasn't that clear with either set of filters.
So is this a bunch of hype or do I have a bad pair?
Earphone solutions has sent me another pair and I'm sending my current pair back.
I'm so bummed!