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post #91 of 135

I loved the IE8 until I bought myself a pair of TF10s. The TF10 just had more punchy and controlled bass while still having a good amount of quantity. However, I miss the IE8's low end rumble. No pair of iem that I have heard, not even the Atrio M5, could do give a better rumble than that. Then again, I only liked that rumble on the hip-hop genre of music and didn't think it would be worth all that money for just one genre of music that I listen to.

Mids on the IE8 are pretty recessed, though, more so than the TF10 to me.

post #92 of 135


That's another one i forgot to add to the list the TF10's lol...they were annoyingly big , and didn't sound great in my ears :P

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I loved the IE8 until I bought myself a pair of TF10s. The TF10 just had more punchy and controlled bass while still having a good amount of quantity. However, I miss the IE8's low end rumble. No pair of iem that I have heard, not even the Atrio M5, could do give a better rumble than that. Then again, I only liked that rumble on the hip-hop genre of music and didn't think it would be worth all that money for just one genre of music that I listen to.

Mids on the IE8 are pretty recessed, though, more so than the TF10 to me.

post #93 of 135

 

etysmile.gif We just seem to have opposing tastes. Although listening to my SE530 for a bit has made me realize how recessed the mids on the TF10 are. However, listening to the TF10 has made me realize how crappy the SE530's treble can be.

Can never seem to get a good combination of lows, mids and highs on universals
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That's another one i forgot to add to the list the TF10's lol...they were annoyingly big , and didn't sound great in my ears :P

 

post #94 of 135


haha, well its all about personal taste :)

 

Personally I think i've found my IEM's finally...

The 710's :)

Cheap and cheerful, yet offer a great great sound!

 

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etysmile.gif We just seem to have opposing tastes. Although listening to my SE530 for a bit has made me realize how recessed the mids on the TF10 are. However, listening to the TF10 has made me realize how crappy the SE530's treble can be.

Can never seem to get a good combination of lows, mids and highs on universals
rolleyes.gif
 

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They sell IEMs with pain medication?



Nah, Its a regular generic cheap IEM, but packaged into a package that closely resembles a pack of paracetamol tablets, The "Panadol" is even printed on the back of the IEMs, An obvious tell-off of "For Collection only, Please Refrain from using it to prevent Ear Pollution of distorted noise"



Oh, that's pretty funny

Got any pics?


I tried to find online but no avail lol and i din have them LOL Though people living in singapore could find these at "More Than Words" Fancy Gift shop at major shopping malls, Those were sold like SGD$1 each, If anything can beat Audiosource IEBAS in terms of sonic calamity, I think these are the ones, even non-audiophiles knows avoiding of them *L3000.gif

post #96 of 135
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Anywho, I just know that I've never had a problem with connections, since they were all gold plated, until i got the ie8's in my hands.



Same with me. I thought IE8 has nickel connections.

post #97 of 135


Could well be. Not sure about the actual metal used - I just know that its silver :P

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Same with me. I thought IE8 has nickel connections.
post #98 of 135

Aside stock IEM's which are in general 'not great' but 'good enough' for travel....

 

I'd have to say my V-Moda Vibes (originals). Coming from my stock Sony Ericsson IEM's with what my non-audiophile background would call 'boomy bass', I was greeted with something that felt rather flat and just completely uninspiring for the price I paid. Both pairs, my originals and warranty replacements developed issues with the wire entering the earpiece and were eventually binned ~2-3 years ago.

 

This put me off purchasing any aftermarket earphones until |Joker|'s thread pointed me towards the Brainwavz ProAlpha's which should arrive soon. I've just ordered some Comply foam tips as the Brainwavz phones aren't shipping with foam tips anymore and I've honestly never tried the foam tips on IEM's. They seem to be good albeit expensive so I aim to follow some of the threads here to help keep the tips in tip top condition so they last as long as possible.

post #99 of 135
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SE530. To my ears.

Murky, muddy, detail-less. Although the mid-range was quite rich indeed and dimensionality is incredible.

Again, to my ears.



Seems that you don't enjoy the plainness of shure IEMS.. Sennheiser might be better for you with stronger bass.

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SE530. To my ears.

Murky, muddy, detail-less. Although the mid-range was quite rich indeed and dimensionality is incredible.

Again, to my ears.



Seems that you don't enjoy the plainness of shure IEMS.. Sennheiser might be better for you with stronger bass.



I have settled on Turbine Pro-Coppers.

post #101 of 135

two things I don't like from Shure: IEM's and mics. Every Shure iem I have ever heard was either terribly bad (E3, E5,) to mediocre (E2, SE530). Everything else like accessories are OK. I have not tried their full size headphones.

post #102 of 135

I don't know their name but they were a £1.99 pair from Tesco. I bought them just to last me a few days until I found some good IEMs... but I couldn't even listen to them. There was no bass, no mids, just ear piercing highs that almost made my ears bleed. I think I ended up throwing them in the bin the same day.

post #103 of 135

some unbranded ones i used to buy when i was at school/early college, 0.50 $ crumbled like toasted bread, sounded worst than crap in a cord.

now that I think of it. they might be responsible of my pre-determinated phobia to IEMs eek.gif

post #104 of 135

on that point, the build of some of their phones could be improved -- where the cable connected to the earbud on my e500s frayed and the copper became exposed after only a few months...

post #105 of 135

As a designated member of the trade, I can't slag any competitors on this forum. However, I do have a few quick observations:

 

1. I am more and more convinced that the biggest barrier to quality IEM audio is user error, specifically failing to get a full seal. I strongly suspect that it is this, moreso than personal taste, that accounts for the huge disparity in perceived bass response in the same model. (In all fairness, there are plenty of universals out there that make this task more formidable than it should be.)

2. There is plenty of bass, and significantly extended high end, in BA drivers. For those who don't agree, see #1.

3. I rate this thread extremely interesting.

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