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choosing IEM dilemma

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Shopping around for a set of high quality sound IEM, currently using metrofi 220vi for iphone.

- the audio source will be iphone.

there's millions of brands and models around, but because i live in Australia, there's no shops that can try out before i purchase.

 

my budget would be around $500.

 

- over the ear types would be ideal.

- music genre, eg hiphop, r&b, rock, pop...basically all around, probably not heavy metal..

- according to my research, there are these models that interests me, currently but would love to hear recommendations.

 

- westone UM1, UM2, UM3 (probably out of my budget)

- shure 425, 535 (535 would be bit too dear)

- ultimate ear triplefi 10, bit confused why there's PRO and not PRO. (this would be a good cheap IEM, except 2 problems, first i dont like the colour, 2nd i heard it's very uncomfortable, since it sticks out ALOT) i've seen someone wearing this, not very cool... :)

 

my buying source would only be INTERNET, since no shops in AUS stocks any high end IEMs.

 

 

post #2 of 15

look into the westone w4. if i were going to get a universal, id be really considering that in your price range.

post #3 of 15
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westone W4 is due to release very soon this year?

it's 4 drivers, looks good..

wat else are there? i will definately keep this in mind..thanks.

post #4 of 15

Westone 4 is already out. Do keep in mind that more drivers does not mean a better earphone (though from what I heard, the W4 is pretty good). It'd help us recommend other earphones if you let us know what you hate or what you dislike from your Metrofi 200vi.

post #5 of 15
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metrofi 220 is good bass.

the clarity might be lacking, but what would i know.... lol.

according to reviews, they talk about soundstage, like how it sounds really LIVE blah blah blah...but i hear nothing like that on the metrofi 220.

 

i actually soaked one of the ear piece in coffee, so it's damaged.

 

 

 

post #6 of 15

Hmm I feel the complete opposite about the Metro Fi 220. Different ears and such. A good "back up" is what I see them as.

post #7 of 15
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since i've never heard anything on a 2,3,4 driver earphone, so it might be a good experience.

 

how's the westone um3x compared to shure 535 anyway?

i dont see many reviews comparing these? ain't they on the same level?

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by alphabeatsco View Post

since i've never heard anything on a 2,3,4 driver earphone, so it might be a good experience.

 

how's the westone um3x compared to shure 535 anyway?

i dont see many reviews comparing these? ain't they on the same level?


The SE535 impression thread is full of UM3X vs. SE535, this is where I brought up the comparison in that thread (probably more in the back, but I didn't read):

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/497285/shure-se535-reviews-and-first-impressions-thread/1635#post_7112908

 

EDIT: Just a small reminder, the page before that has people defending the UM3X. So, you might want to flip a page backward as well.

 

post #9 of 15
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man.. that was a long post...seems like most people find westone um3x bland and boring compared to the shure 535.

i would really love to get the 535, except it's so damn expensive!!! it's like 500 bucks for a pair of earphones.

 

is there anything that comes close to that?

post #10 of 15

is that US $?

Wow seems like a huge jump from the 220vi.

 

I wonder if headphones like with everything hifi it's about performance and you can only truly appreciate something if you have something to compare it too.

Sure a $500 headphone would be way better than a 220Vi...and should be pretty noticeble too.

But would the jump from 220vi to for example a 200$ headphone just be as big?

 

Anyway just wondering and not meaning to hijack your thread.

 

 

post #11 of 15
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tahts why im also asking for opinions..dont know if i can justify that $500 .....

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by tan1415 View Post
But would the jump from 220vi to for example a 200$ headphone just be as big?

 

 

 

 

Yes/Depends. If you jump over to a dumb phone then no, the 220 is no slouch just a low mid-tier phone good thing about it is it's highly eq'able

 

 

I would say yes you could justify it there are plenty better things then a low 220. You don't have to spend 500$ to get them but at the same time you know what they say.

 

 

You get what you pay for.
 

post #13 of 15
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would a 425 be more suitable for me? so should i just save up and bite the bullet, go for the 535?

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by alphabeatsco View Post

would a 425 be more suitable for me? so should i just save up and bite the bullet, go for the 535?



Two different sound signatures, in my opinion. 425 is mid-centric... a very smooth and buttery presentation. 535, on the other hand, while has an equally or better mids, it also offers better treble and bass responses.

 

For some reason, I can't help but to think that you won't regret getting the 535 at all, though it will require some saving up.

post #15 of 15
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HAHA, yeah i also want the 535, always wanna buy the best...cos i dont wanna regret...

but damn...that thing is like 500 bucks..plus on an iphone, don't know if it's any good.

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