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Advice please.

 

I need a CIEM for thrash metal.

 

Ideally I'd like forward mids that bring vocals and electric guitars into picture more than anything else.

 

Bass shouldn't be too far behind as I'd like kick drums and bass guitars to provide good impact, but shouldn't be to the point where I'm having to try to listen for the vocals and guitars (Like I do with the UM3X). Would prefer less bass rather than more. Impact is good but needs to decay quick. Also no bass would be bad as I dont want the music to sound....tinny.

 

I would like clarity and detail, the IEM needs to be able to cope with fast and complex tracks played at moderate volume or above so that the mid range doesn't get congested and sound like a big soup.

 

Thanks.

 

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Oh right ok, I agree with that about the UM3X. Ive read, and witnessed the bass hump and it really makes voices and guitars sound properly quiet. Its not the amount of bass in the UM3X that bothers me either, just the fact it ruins the mid range, if the mids were on the same level or a bit more forward I would imagine the UM3X would be a good IEM. Do you listen to any of the "lighter" thrashy stuff and how does it sound on the Merlin?

 

Your "decay quick," "clarity and detail," and "cope with fast and complex tracks" make me think of the NT-6/NT-6 pro, but I don't think the mids would be what you prefer and while not lacking in bass at all, they aren't the warmest CIEMs and could be a shock in comparison with the UM3X.  I do think the NT-6 and NT-6 pro are excellent with well mastered speed metal as nothing is too complex or too fast and clarity is top notch.  The Dream Earz aud-8X might be a good fit, and you can ask Mitch to bring the mids a bit forward (maybe hybrid 7X and 8X?).  While I haven't had much time with the 8X, it seems to be a very good value for the money.  And while I need more time with it, the Alclair RSM might fit also.

 

Take note that in my experience, a lot of metal is very poorly mastered so it sounds like crap with clear and detailed/resolving CIEMs.  So much Metallica is horrid, In This Moment has some bad sibilance, Northern Kings quality just isn't great, newer Queensryche and an old favorite, Blue Murder are more examples of poor quality masters.  Opeth, Within Temptation, most Slayer, Nightwish, and Apocalyptica are some examples of better mastering.  Anyways, take your music quality into consideration.


Edited by average_joe - 2/2/13 at 10:41pm
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Originally Posted by Michael172 View Post

Oh right ok, I agree with that about the UM3X. Ive read, and witnessed the bass hump and it really makes voices and guitars sound properly quiet. Its not the amount of bass in the UM3X that bothers me either, just the fact it ruins the mid range, if the mids were on the same level or a bit more forward I would imagine the UM3X would be a good IEM. Do you listen to any of the "lighter" thrashy stuff and how does it sound on the Merlin?

I listen to all kinds of music, mostly hardcore, metalcore, but I do like jazz, female vocals - all genre, pop, rock, some electronica. Merlins are great all rounder. Mids are definitely more on the bright side than in UM3x.

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I was wondering what the best earbuds are  for under $200?

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I was wondering what the best earbuds are  for under $200?

This is a custom iem thread.
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I was wondering what the best earbuds are  for under $200?

Well, if you want customs (which this thread is about) you may want to check out Cosmic Ears. They're the only company I'm aware of that sells something in that price range.
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Lear LCM-5 review posted here.  If you have $1K to spend and like neutral, it is worth checking out.

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Lear LCM-5 review posted here.  If you have $1K to spend and like neutral, it is worth checking out.
Where ?
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Where ?

Click the 'here'

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Click the 'here'
I swear that did not appear at first frown.gif or maybe I was just too tired. Anyways Joe, it seems you and inearmatters have a significantly different view of the lcm-5as one says neutral and the other says warm and sweet...interesting
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One person's neutral is another's warm and sweet...

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^True this. I think they are rather neutral but they are very neutral with the adapter and slightly warm to me with out it.

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Anyone ever heard anything on the xtreme ears flagship xe5 ?
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post  Anyone ever heard anything on the xtreme ears flagship xe5 ?


Is that the Brazilian brand? Who knows... I think there are a few Brazilians on here, but they don't post often.

 

EDIT: I tried to guess from the pictures, which showed two large Sonion 2015 and a Sonion 2323, but I realized that they used the same picture for all of their models, so we'd have no idea what goes into the XE5; if I can get a full picture that shows everything, I can at least say what its characteristics are like at the ends.


Edited by tomscy2000 - 2/13/13 at 9:35am
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i have talked to them in the past and they said they are only really interested in the brazillian market and are happy with how they are doing there!

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i have talked to them in the past and they said they are only really interested in the brazillian market and are happy with how they are doing there!
That is so selfish frown.gif what about us. Maybe if I tell them I do Capoeira they will make an exception.
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