Got a question for y'all who have experience with the 232 as well as the older 121 version of the PFE. :)
Over the past few months or so I've sold off all my IEM's (including the SE530 which I really loved) due to ongoing comfort issues I have with IEM's, and repurchased the 121's... as thus far they have been the ONLY IEM's that I can tolerate in my ears, when worn with grey silicone tips. It seems like my sensitive inner ear canals can no longer deal with the any sort of foam tips (as they put pressure into my canals when they expand), and silicone tips such as Shure's are also way too hard on these sensitive pair of ears...
Anyways, so the PFE 121's are the only IEM's that I can wear comfortably, and luckily I do like its overall sound signature. But as the 232's are now available, I'm thinking of a possible upgrade to it. So two questions for you guys:
1) Is the comfort factor of the 232 exactly the same as the 121's with the grey tips? Are the tips of the same size and softness? Unfortunately I don't think I can make any compromises here in comfort..
2) I love the overall sound of the 121's with the grey filters and the silicone tips, especially the crystal clear and well balanced mids. The only reason why I'm even considering the upgrade is because I can admittingly do with bit more bass. Will 232's with the grey filters and the silicone tips give me roughly the same sound as the 121's with better quality and quantity bass (not looking for overly more, just slightly more)?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
1. the size of the housing is slightly wider from the side. However, the black plastic (that faces your ear) is the same size. Tips are the same, just come in a nice black color :)
2. The 232s offer a V-shaped signature which differs from the 121s. With grey filters, they are closer to the signature of the 121s with black filters. Except, the mids are slightly more clear with much better detail retrieval. On the high end, there is no competition, the 232s will destroy just about any IEM I've put them up against in terms of highs. The bass is strong, with great quality, but also a bit of quantity. At first, the mids will sound slightly veiled by the lows, but this does change with burn in.