Hi, Thanks to James444 I read about this German custom iem company since I am looking into custom iems made in Europe. they seem to have a new top model here: http://www.compact-monitors.de/cms_e/stage-serie/stage-4.html I might try to get a demo model. These are quite expensive but the westone es5 would be quite expensive too, it is made in the Netherlands. I am also considering the em3pro and acs t1 but have to see if I can demos of any of these. Greetings, Anouk,
Compact Monitors stage 4 custom iems
Gear mentioned in this thread:
Not to sidetrack you, but since you're spending this kind of money, I must mention that I much prefer the FAD BA-SS. Having heard the FAD's, I would not buy the CM or the UE. The BA-SS have that special quality that no other IEM I have heard has - the music just seems so much more unfettered and free through them, it breathes and flows. And it plays tunes so much better, I just find it far more musical. With a proper fit and seal, the BA-SS throws a superb 3-D holographic soundstage. Compared to them, the CM and the UE, or for that matter, any other IEM that I have heard, sounds forced. Money was no object for me so I could have chosen any IEM, my choice was the BA-SS. Of course they do not isolate as well as a custom IEM, but still the level of isolation they give is sufficient to allow use while travelling. By the way, these comparisons were made using a iPhone 4 which is what I would use them with. Results will of course vary depending on what source you intend to use them with.
Hi, I owned the final audio design ba sb myself. I liked them for a universal iem but I certainly do hope that full customs do sound significantly better with the money i will be spending on them. For me I preferred the sm3 over the fad because of its soundstage though. The ultimate ears are not on my shortlist. Greetings, Anouk,
Anyway, if you have made up your mind to go in for Customs, I would highly recommend the Custom Monitors. The build quality is superb, the sound is classy, refined and smooth. As for the sound balance, just to give you some idea, they sounded something like the SB with that heavy bass, while the treble was rolled of but still extended, something like the SE530. However, you must take a listen yourself, it's quite possible that they will sound different to you, depending on your ears and on your tastes.
Hi, The main reasons for me to go into custom iems are isolation comfort and sound quality. According to a lot of people top of the line customs sound a lot better then top of the line universals. But for me most important is that i need isolation and comfort, of course I also want better sound though. Well the sm3 is very nice sounding. For me its most remarkable trait was its soundstage which is really 3d-like. It doe snot have as much treble energy as the sb, the sb sounds more upfront. But its soundstage was really remarkable to me. Greetings, Anouk,
If you liked the SM3, then I suppose the EM3Pro might suit you better than the Stage 4. But as far as I know, there is no where you can audition Earsonics in Europe except at their factory. Anyway, I wish you the best in your quest and look forward to hearing of your impressions once you get them. Keep us updated.
- 1,384 Posts. Joined 12/2007
- Location: Germany
- Select All Posts By This User
also the highs of the 4 can be annoying sometimes. even though the 2 has less drivers it can compete with the more driver customs. its more a question of taste. compact monitors are highly recommended in german hifi forums. their customer service is outstanding. a lot of us switched from jhaudio to cm just because of that.
Edited by sofastreamer - 6/20/12 at 10:35pm