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A little IEM poll, your knowledge and excellence will be appreciated!

Poll Results: Which IEM would you pick out of this bunch if you had to choose one to settle with

 
  • 3% (1)
    Sennheiser IE8
  • 6% (2)
    Monster Turbine Pro Copper
  • 6% (2)
    Monster Miles Davis Tribute
  • 33% (11)
    Westone 4
  • 3% (1)
    Westone 3
  • 3% (1)
    Shure SE530
  • 12% (4)
    Shure SE535
  • 33% (11)
    Other (Brand and Model?)
33 Total Votes  
post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Performance wise, the IEM you chose, in what characteristic what does it shine over the others in?

 

I apologize if I missed some good IEMs, I'm only going by what's on the top of my head.

post #2 of 13

it may not have a specific flavor or signature but it basically doesnt do anything wrong. it plays any kind of music exceptionally without trying too hard. imo the best universal ever made

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

I like your explanation, simple and brief. Thanks for you input.

 

Westone 4
 

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Originally Posted by mywallethurts View Post

it may not have a specific flavor or signature but it basically doesnt do anything wrong. it plays any kind of music exceptionally without trying too hard. imo the best universal ever made



 

post #4 of 13

Earsonics SM3 for audio bliss and the Westone 4 for balance...you may want to try top dynamic iems like Sony EX1000 or JVC FX700, known for the dynamic timbre, but the 2 BA iems can already be close in terms of timbre. Though the 2 dynamic iems are not well for use on-the-go....Presentation-wise aggressiveness, timbre liquid mids, and if you have a player with eq settings for treble like the Cowon J3, Earsonics is very good. For balanced presentation-wise, non-agressive, all-around iem for balanced players, Westone 4 is your best iem. Well it all goes down to your choice.

 

Shure 535/530 is okay got problems with highs and lows, and the Monsters are okay but not my cup of tea.

 

If I were a analytical listener, I may settle with DBA-02 or CK10. Though I am more on the sweet lush or tamed mids, with bass that goes deep, alright extended treble and very excellent presentation of soundstage and instrument separation, also fast...well that goes to both SM3 and W4.

post #5 of 13

slightly off topic, but I voted other because I've become convinced that customs are worth it

post #6 of 13

Voted 'other' as well.  ES5 for me.  Best combination of musical engagement and technical performance I've heard so far.

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by melomaniac View Post

slightly off topic, but I voted other because I've become convinced that customs are worth it
 

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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post

Voted 'other' as well.  ES5 for me.  Best combination of musical engagement and technical performance I've heard so far.



I take it the OP is more interested in universal IEMs and if anything, perhaps the UM3X, TF10 & SM3 should've been added as all three are quite popular and highly regarded. Otherwise we'll plenty of JH13/ JH16/ UE18/ UE11/ ES5 owners voting 'other'.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

I take it the OP is more interested in universal IEMs and if anything, perhaps the UM3X, TF10 & SM3 should've been added as all three are quite popular and highly regarded. Otherwise we'll plenty of JH13/ JH16/ UE18/ UE11/ ES5 owners voting 'other'.



... and, tho I'm partisan obviously, the ole ER4 as well...

post #9 of 13

Other:UM3X for me

 

non fatiguing, neutral, detailed sound

very good fit with ability to get custom UM56 tips from Westone etc...

 


 

 


Edited by T78Power - 3/30/11 at 9:17pm
post #10 of 13

Other: 425s

 

I honestly prefer 425s over 535s. I also enjoyed the TF10s and IE8s. Never heard a Westone before unfortunately.


Edited by TheGomdoRi - 3/30/11 at 10:02pm
post #11 of 13
Others for me too. I love Grado GR10. I had Westone3 still have brand new replacement pair of SE530 (they are for sale but never heard SE535 unfortunately)
post #12 of 13

Monster Miles Davis for fun and resolution; but especially for the lazy factor of not needing to wear over-the-ear. You won't end up holding back listening over not wanting to handle them to put them on.


 


Edited by Infoseeker - 3/31/11 at 8:13pm
post #13 of 13

Other (ATH-CK10)

What I've heard/currently own on your list: SE530, MTPC

 

It's personally the most comfortable for me, and I like my highs more than mids.

 

 

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