So I have decided to finally move onto custom IEMs. I've narrowed my decision between the Westone ES5 and the JH16 PRO (or JH13 PRO, but I am leaning towards the JH16), but I am having a hard time deciding. I would appreciate some opinions from owners, readers, and head-fier's who just want to share their insight.
Here are my top priorities for my first custom IEM:
In order of importance:
3. Mid-range detail
4. Bass Impact
5. Build Quality & Comfort
6. Bass Extension
7. Treble Extension
9. Soundstage & Imaging
And here are some genres that I listen to:
Piano & Classical (~15%)
Some other attributes I am seeking:
1) Neutral sound signature, while still being able to deliver on bass impact when necessary (not excessively or smearing the spectrum). I do not prefer more bass quantity/impact over clarity, however I enjoy my bass and want a tight bass response that is not bloated.
2) Analytical while maintaining a musical touch (if you've heard the EarSonics SM3--just a bit more analytical than the SM3).
3) Airiness. Soundstage should not be too wide to the point where the music loses cohesiveness.
4) Should be able to run very well through my Cowon S9, and not require an amp to sound near its best.
5) Should sound very good without having to crank up the volume (I do not exceed 60% volume on my Cowon S9).
I am currently using EarSonics SM3s, and they have been very satisfying (owner for almost a year now). However, I want to get more clarity and less warmth, with more treble extension--while keeping the bass impact near the EarSonics SM3 level.
Any input, opinions, or other suggestions are very much appreciated! I will make an appointment with an audiologist by next week, and will update this thread accordingly!
I know I gave a lot of "requirements" but I wanted to give as much information as possible, since this is a very big investment for me.
Edited by SolidVictory - 2/28/11 at 7:13pm