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post #16 of 20

TC, just get the DBA-02 and ignore anyone suggesting a bass-heavy or semi bass-heavy IEM for you, cause if you listen to metal for anything but the guitars you are doing it wrong. And few IEMs does guitars better than the DBA-02.

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by scytheavatar View Post

TC, just get the DBA-02 and ignore anyone suggesting a bass-heavy or semi bass-heavy IEM for you, cause if you listen to metal for anything but the guitars you are doing it wrong. And few IEMs does guitars better than the DBA-02.



Sorry I don't know if I totally agree with this statement.  The music I listen to is not just guitar oriented like say Slayer or Metallica or any other thrash metal band.  When I listen to my music in a car I really enjoy the bass.  If there is not at least to 10" woofers pounding away in the rear of the car it just does not sound that great to me.  I really enjoy feeling the bass smack the back of my seat and vibrate my chest.  I don't let the bass take over, but I do like to feel it, that's why the bass is there.  Also a lot of the music I listen to the musicians use jazz bass guitars and the bass guitar is a major ingredient in the formula.  The bass guitar is not just for rhythm.  Sometimes the bass guitar even takes the lead and the bass guitar work is very intricate.  I am not sure where the bass guitar is heard though.  Is it heard in the mids or lows?

 

I have heard that the DBA-02 is great and if I do not like the bass I think since I have a rockboxed clip+ I can just turn up the bass.

 

 

 

post #18 of 20
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Have you considered Radius DDM Dual Dynamic driver?

Priced under 200US.  Among best sounding Dynamic drivers in my opinion in under 200 price range.



I have not considered this IEM.  What are your impressions?

 

post #19 of 20

I would suggest caution with selecting earphones which are known to sound "clinical."  I havent heard the DBA02, but I read somewhere ( I think ClieOS review) that they could be considered part of the clinical camp.

 

What will happen is that well produced metal will sound good, while everything else (lets admit, most metal production is rubbish) will sound ordinary or even bad.

 

Radius twf11r or ddm will probably sound quite natural and forgiving, but wont have the detail or speed of a BA iem.  Then again no iem will ever compete with full sized headphones, so keep this in mind when spending money on them.

 

The latest iem I have been using is Earsonic's sm3, which is quite detailed and musical, and has good body to the sound (sounds solid not airy) but you could want more clarity on some tracks, where the music sounds too dense.

 

But overall, nothing sounded bad, everything was listenable and enjoyable.  I'm guessing UM3X is a similar deal.  To me this is important for a portable setup, as I don't want to carry more than one earphone.


Edited by drez - 1/14/11 at 4:00pm
post #20 of 20

They're both great, I miss the UM3X general dryness and instrument separation(which is excellent), but I kept the SM3 for it's sound-stage and faster/tighter bass(it can go as deep as UM3X, but only on loud volumes =\), and also better overall treble.

I like both of their treble, they're not energetic, but it's not gonna be lacking any of it with the right tip.
 

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I would suggest caution with selecting earphones which are known to sound "clinical."  I havent heard the DBA02, but I read somewhere ( I think ClieOS review) that they could be considered part of the clinical camp.

 

What will happen is that well porduced metal will sound good, whilst everything else (lets admit, most metal production is rubbish) will sound ordinary or even bad.

 

Radius twf11r or ddm will probably sound quite natural and forgiving, but wont have the detail or speed of a BA iem.  Then again no iem will ever compete with full sized headphones, so keep this in mind when spending money on them.

 

The latest iem I have been using is Earsonic's sm3, which is quite detailed and musical, and has good body to the sound (sounds solid not airy) but you could want more clarity on some tracks, where the music sounds too dense.

 

But overall, nothing sounded bad, everything was listenable and enjoyable.  I'm guessing UM3X is a similar deal.  To me this is important for a portable setup, as I don't want to carry more than one earphone.

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