Originally Posted by average_joe
The first thing that came to mind reading your post was the LS8+, which I have a demo of and was doing some comparative listening last night (I will post about all the Rooth demos I have in a week or so). I prefer a more laid back presentation for classical vs. a mid-forward presentation, and some others I think may be good fits include the Fabs and Alclair Reference at a lower price point, but the LS8+ outclasses them. The UERM is another good options, and then there is the NT-6, but the UERM is warmer, but the quality of the NT-6 is higher.
The LS8+ is on the bright side, so if you can let me know what headphones/IEMs you prefer, that could help me figure out if the sound signature is a good match.
I hate to say it, but the only "ear buds" I've ever had are Bose (please don't throw rotten tomatoes at the screen). I also have their headphones too. I have a pair of my dad's old JBL headphones from the 70s, but I mainly use my bose ear buds. SO, that being said, I wouldn't know one pair from the next. BUT, I can pick out idiosyncrasies during live performances. I've been gifted with perfect pitch ears, and I can easily pick out things wrong during a live performance. Too much bass, too punchy treble, out of tune, too heavy vibrato, etc. I can nitpick the things wrong and it quite frankly prevents me from truly enjoying the music. So, to cut it short, I mainly use my laptop or droid razr to listen to music with my bose ear buds. From all of your experience here (this goes for everyone here in this forum), I guess I'm just looking for IEMs that will last me years to come, that will allow me to listen to mostly 80s rock, ambient music, and classical music. Those 3 genres are the main ones what I'm looking to use the IEMs for. I read a lot of people getting pocket amps to power their IEMs, so I guess I'm in the market for those. I came across JH from reading forum after forum, and seeing how many of the groups I enjoy, own his IEMs (but I guess you could say that about UE as well). I'm the type that buys the most expensive top of the line, because if I don't, I end up kicking myself and start wondering what the "best" would have been like. I know that each person is different (and each of your ears is different for that matter), and I wish I could start a poll up, lol.
Thanks for your reply. Does this help any, lol?!
Edited by 1Jason4U - 5/21/12 at 5:17pm