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Grado GR8,Monster Copper, or q-Jays?

post #1 of 66
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looking for a comfortable, non over-the-ear iem. Sound quality is important or I wouldn't be on this forum. Mostly rock, some industrial. I already own UM3x's, SM3's and will soon purchase (most likely) Westone 4's or Shure 535's. I think I tend to prefer balanced armatures. I also own Future Sonic Atrio's but the microphonics are distracting and the fit is less than ideal. 

 

I'm looking for an all day iem, the cables routed around the ear sometimes give me a splitting headache

 

Fischer DBA-02's or whatever else in the price range would be fine as well, just looking for input.

 

Interested in the Grado's but the lack of accessories....

 

Thanks for any and all help.

post #2 of 66

My FX700 are very comfortable and are not fatiguing with their sound , though they are not BAs.

 

post #3 of 66
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Originally Posted by TheMarkRemains View Post

looking for a comfortable, non over-the-ear iem. Sound quality is important or I wouldn't be on this forum. Mostly rock, some industrial. I already own UM3x's, SM3's and will soon purchase (most likely) Westone 4's or Shure 535's. I think I tend to prefer balanced armatures. I also own Future Sonic Atrio's but the microphonics are distracting and the fit is less than ideal. 

 

I'm looking for an all day iem, the cables routed around the ear sometimes give me a splitting headache

 

Fischer DBA-02's or whatever else in the price range would be fine as well, just looking for input.

 

Interested in the Grado's but the lack of accessories....

 

Thanks for any and all help.

the GR10's just came out, but I don't know how they compare with the GR8's
 

post #4 of 66
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GR10's sound more like an enhanced, brighter GR8. If that's all the difference, hardly worth another $100 to me. I tend to prefer the warm sound of Westone's anyhow. So my thinking was the GR8 was enough in this case. RE0's seem to get good responses, but again microphonics... these will be used in a noisy active environment, isolation is beneficial, cord microphonics detrimental.

post #5 of 66
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Have not heard the Grados's in person, going off of others reviews

post #6 of 66
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Originally Posted by TheMarkRemains View Post

Have not heard the Grados's in person, going off of others reviews


 

are you choosing between the coppers, gr8's, q jays and the westone 4 or 535s?, or getting either the westone 4 (or 535) along with one of the first three mentioned?

post #7 of 66
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second half is correct. I plan on getting both. THe 535' s and Westone 4's both wrap around the ear. I'm looking to stay away from that on my 'sensitive' days. Fx-700's look nice, but not sure I want to spend quite that much on a 'backup' pair

post #8 of 66

how much ..the fx700 costs as much as coppers !!

 

but remember the FX700 (cause of their open ear design offer almost no isolation !

post #9 of 66

I would go with a dynamic driver based phone if you only plan on using them as your backup (if you don't like them, not much risk),I think the gr8's have a single BA so they might seem to close to the 535s (doubt they will sound like the westone 4's seeing how the westone 3's turned out, bassy w/ treble energy) I myself traded for a pair of davis tributes to compliment my westone 3's

post #10 of 66
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deals to be had on the coppers if I can dodge the minefield of knock offs. My only real reservation with them is the efficiency, they pretty much require an amp which I would rather do without. These will be used with an iPod. "buffalowings" I think your comment is correct, not as much risk. Besides given their name there's more used ones out there. Grado's etc are pretty rare. Wish I could demo them but that just doesn't happen around here.

post #11 of 66

$220 NIB from onecall.com, the coppers don't actually need a amp, they just don't play well at lower volumes (late listening hours before sleeping might be an issue) but they work fine at normal listening volumes.

post #12 of 66
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Is there a coupon or some other haggling involved? I don't see them for less than $252 open box

post #13 of 66
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But thanks for the recommendation, lot of fans out there

post #14 of 66

you have to call them asking for the lowest price possible

post #15 of 66
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Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post

$220 NIB from onecall.com, the coppers don't actually need a amp, they just don't play well at lower volumes (late listening hours before sleeping might be an issue) but they work fine at normal listening volumes.

agreed.

 

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