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post #16 of 66

I faced the same decision as you not long ago and went with the SM3s. I couldn't be happier. They're actually quite comfortable. I can easily wear them for my full shift at work (8 hrs) and if it weren't for the intensity of the eargasms they cause, I'd forget about them entirely.

post #17 of 66

I find Ortofon e-Q7 really well suited for rock, so that's my #1 recommendation for this music genre. I also really like Etymotic ER4 for rock, but many people find it too thin and analytical (not me - to my ears, they are warm and rich) so I can't recommend it.

 

I don't think SM3, UM3X and IE8 work well with rock, so I would scratch them off your list. They are just not forward and aggressive enough on guitars IMO.


Edited by Pianist - 3/9/11 at 2:09pm
post #18 of 66

Either EarSonics SM3, or spend a little more and get a JH5 (a custom). I think you will be satisfied with either one.

post #19 of 66

A person in your position has the ability to buy a bunch of headphones off of amazon, try them out, and return them if they are not absolutely perfect.

 

I italicize because it seems that that is what you are looking for.  With the money you are willing to spend, it is possible to find IEMs that fit your needs, and even open you up to new things you never knew you enjoyed. 

 

But probably not on the first try. 

 

Just give it a shot, it's very easy.  Buy one (for example, the TF10, $190).  Listen to it for a few days, amazon gives you 30.  If they do not sound 100% perfect, return them.  Buy some new ones. Repeat.


Edited by scannon18 - 3/9/11 at 11:23pm
post #20 of 66

Go with the sm3 or eq7. They're pretty much the most neutral universals (especially the sm3) and do all frequencies well. I wish I would have bought them. The ck10 is another option, with a brighter sound but still quite neutral. There's also the ck100, the "upgrade" from the ck10, but it's not as neutral, particularly in the upper mids (I have this and wish I would have gotten a ck10). Personally, I would go with the sm3

post #21 of 66

I am surprised no-one mentioned  Ortofon e-Q5. Very similar in sound signature to its elder brother e-Q7. Price also lower then e-Q7.

There is nice review here by a fellow head-fier

http://anythingbutipod.com/2011/01/ortofon-e-q5-review/

post #22 of 66

I think SM3 and e-Q5 are boring for rock. I would go with the e-Q7.

post #23 of 66

I have the Westone 3 and 4 as well as the Klipsch x10i. If you like rock, you might prefer the W3 over the W4. The 3 actually has more prominent bass, while the 4 is more accurate sounding. Weird, I know. I use the Klipsch x10i a lot because they are just about the most comfortable universal IEMs I have ever used They have great overall sound, and they are so easy to insert and remove. If you are interrupted a lot while using IEMs, the Westones can be a pain to take out and insert because of the wrap around design. But if you listen for extended periods, then its not an issue.

post #24 of 66
I second the W3 for rock. It is an extremely fun phone. It is the best I've heard for low volume listening. A lot of phones lose their dynamic range at low volumes but the W3 does not. The TF10 is more balanced and has excellent treble. Both of these have a wide soundtage and gives you the feeling of being at a concert.
post #25 of 66

I'm afraid I have to disagree with W3 for rock. They just do not have the timbre to match something like a HJE900 or e-Q7. Listening to Guns N' Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the HJE900 will produce a more accurate representation of the distortion and reverb in electric guitars and bass. W3 rich sound is not suitable for the crunchy guitar sounds IMO. If it helps I own both the W3 and HJE900.

post #26 of 66
I find dynamic drivers in general have better timbre and realism in the lower register, while BA's have better speed, clarity and separation. I like my M5's better for classic rock and my W3's better for faster metal/rock in general.
post #27 of 66

I think it's the other way around: Dynamics do better in the high frequencies, while BAs rule in the bass and mids (if properly tuned, like ER4 or e-Q7).

post #28 of 66

You're being too broad, elaborate. Bass texture is something BAs don't do as well (though there's still potential to) and usually don't have as much depth. I personally think it has to do with speed (and how the driver comes about to it), BAs have in general terms a faster bass which results in less decay/texture but offer more definition because of it. Some prefer the latter some the former, it's actually has subjective aspects. To put it simply BAs are better at faster bass and dd are better at slower bass. For treble it is also speed related, BAs just tend to sound sharper and have more potential to be more revealing. Mids is a toss up, it sort of becomes the result of the other two spectrums when positioning is given.  


Edited by Inks - 3/12/11 at 9:27am
post #29 of 66

BA can potentially have better speed but that's about it. Dynamics can easily match or beat BA in clarity and separation if tuned to do so. Also I do believe that moving more air gives a better natural feeling and texture to bass that BA can't achieve. e-Q7 has quite a large diaphragm compared to standard BA which might explain its excellent bass.

 

That being said, I don't think BA vs dynamic is relevant to the OP. I recommended the HJE900 not because its a dynamic driver but because it's great for rock 

post #30 of 66

I agree with some of this but anyways...x2 on the HJE900s for rock. They have a good frequency response for this (as long as you listen at low-to-medium volume levels) and the timbre for it. 

Originally Posted by tuahogary View Post

BA can potentially have better speed but that's about it. Dynamics can easily match or beat BA in clarity and separation if tuned to do so. Also I do believe that moving more air gives a better natural feeling and texture to bass that BA can't achieve. e-Q7 has quite a large diaphragm compared to standard BA which might explain its excellent bass.

 

That being said, I don't think BA vs dynamic is relevant to the OP. I recommended the HJE900 not because its a dynamic driver but because it's great for rock 



 


Edited by Inks - 3/12/11 at 11:35am
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