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The Best IEM (my Taste ranging from $400 to $500

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hi, First of all i have AKG K330 and it broke.. Then i bought AKG K701 which was unfortunately hard to be carried around. So i was wondering to buy a nice IEM. My music taste are like.... umm i can't explain but i have the link here (more like i don't know the type)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WeZQ7x-fwo

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLM9377Sf6E&feature=related

 

and so on (so sorry for my english)

post #2 of 20

are you in Japan?

you can get lots of nice earphones in your price range.

SM3, Shure 535, Grado 10,  Ortofon e-Q7/e-q5, CK100, HA-FX700

What is your prefer sound signature?  Heavy base, balanced or more mid oriented. Dynamic or Armature drivers?

post #3 of 20

if i had/could spent 400-500$ i definitely wouldn't go for SM3

 

hell , you can buy new from the fs forum a pair of re-262 for half the money of SM3

 

however if i wanted to spent 400$....

 

GR-10

CK-100

 

Or maybe some customs ?

 

in any way , do some search , read some threads , and tell people what kind of sound you like.

post #4 of 20

UM3x, GR10, SA7, CK100 and SM3...........

post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 

@Yello

 

I'm sorry but could you explain the differences of Dynamic and Armature Drivers? Well i don't like heavy bass maybe in the middle like the  K701. 

 

@Proedros

 

I have read some other threads but i think i didn't found what i was looking for or maybe i was scared to spend this lot of money to something i didn't sure of. A customs earphone? mmm.. no thanks, i don't like custom earphone. No reason just don't like it.

 

 

@Zarim 

 

thx, i'll look into it

 

 

By the way, My Friend said to me to buy W3 or senn IE8 will that do?

post #6 of 20

IE8 is a bass monster..

 

for 600US$ you can go for customs, 

JH5 or JH7

 

or if you dont want to go customs.

CK100, GR10, e-Q7, TF10, Westone 4, q-jays..

are great.

post #7 of 20

Or for $500 you could go for 1964Ears (a relatively small company, but has been getting very positive reviews at HF): http://1964ears.com/products.html

post #8 of 20
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Or for $500 you could go for 1964Ears (a relatively small company, but has been getting very positive reviews at HF): http://1964ears.com/products.html

for that amount I'llgo for 1964 ears too.
 

post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 

1964-Q Quad Driver IEM

 it looks convincing... Does it only accept shipment? or could i just buy it in any store?

post #10 of 20

It is a custom IEM

You need to place an order and provide your ear impression.

post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 

"provide your ear impression"

could you give me example i'm kinnda confuse thx

 

Meanwhile is there $400 - $500 IEM that is worth the price but no custom? Thx again for replying bigsmile_face.gif

post #12 of 20

Looks like you listen mostly to anime/game music with female vocals with fairly light bass.  Plus looks like you like using AKGs.  And no customs....

 

If that's the case I'd say Westone UM3x or Shure se535.  

 

post #13 of 20

all of those i mention earlier...

its worth their asking price..

 

ear impressions means, you have to have a mold to your ear..

go to the audiologists near you to make them

post #14 of 20

The ck100 and e-Q7 are worth considering.

post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by hyururi View Post

"provide your ear impression"

could you give me example i'm kinnda confuse thx

 

Meanwhile is there $400 - $500 IEM that is worth the price but no custom? Thx again for replying bigsmile_face.gif


What that means is that you go into an audiologist (I think), and they insert molding material into your ear canals to create an impression of the shape, and then you send the impression off to the IEM company and they build a shell that's the exact shape of your ears. For that price I'd definitely go with customs, universals in that price range aren't really worth it

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