average_joe, do you can help me?
I think in buy a 1964-Q Quad Driver, Audio Earz AUD-5X or FitEar To Go! 334.
I need know if the expensive FitEar is better than 1964 and Audio Earz or one of these last is a good deal.
I never try a custom IEM. I try many IEMs like Westone 4R (my actual earphones), Shure SE535, CK100, Hifiman 252, PK1 and many others, but I want try a custom now.
A friend says you can not compare the sound of a custom with a traditional IEMs.
Sorry for my bad english! :D
Thank you for the question. The To Go! 334 performs better from a technical perspective as it is more coherent, has a more natural tone, better clarity, imaging, higher quality treble, and focus within the soundstage. The 5X has better bass control and texture, more bass capability, and better dynamics. Overall I would say the 334 has a more bass heavy sound signature (and the bass is more like that of a dynamic driver, but not the best dynamic drivers I have heard such as the TS842 and LSX5) compared to the balanced sound of the 5X, which has more upper mids and treble. Taking the price into consideration, the 3 over $500 universal IEMs I have heard aren't on the same level as comparable custom IEMs, but in this case the very expensive 334 does outperform the $565 5X, which does perform well for its price point.
I have not heard the Q and I don't know of any comparisons between the Q and 5X, however from reading the Q has less treble presence, presumably closer in sound signature to the 334. Audio Earz has the 6X which has a GR07 sound signature and the 7X which has the ES5 sound signature, but with more bass.
Tupac0306 and I hear the 8.A a bit differently as I think he hears the 8.A as closer to the JH16 while I hear the 8.A as less bright than the 16. I think we both hear the bass of both CIEMs in a similar way.
Thank you. If you don't mind answering, how do you think each part of the spectrum compares (so myself and others can get a better feel for your experience)?