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best iems for classical music?

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 

Hey there will be listening to almost exclusively classical music mostly orchestra pieces and was wondering what phones best reproduce classical. budget is prob around $50 but can stretch up if worth it. so something with great soundstage is a plus....comfort and isolation not AS important as sound quality and soundstage

 

Any suggestions? Thanks.


Edited by moomooemu - 3/24/11 at 2:25pm
post #2 of 32

I"ve been on this path too, although with a larger budget. Spend a little more and get the RE-0.
 

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Hey there will be listening to almost exclusively classical music and was wondering what phones best reproduce classical. budget is prob around $50 but can stretch up if worth it.

 

Any suggestions? Thanks.



 

post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 

I'll look into those. Yeah could prob spend $100 upto $150  max.


Edited by moomooemu - 3/24/11 at 2:47pm
post #4 of 32

Etymotics.

post #5 of 32
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something with great soundstage is a plus....

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Spend a little more and get the RE-0.

 

The RE0 have anything but great soundstage.

 

In this price range I'd say Phonak PFEs.


Edited by james444 - 3/25/11 at 3:54pm
post #6 of 32
Thread Starter 

damn dude, soundstage is a must in my opinion for classical

 

but thanks for the suggestion heard those are pretty good as well, any others?

post #7 of 32

a used Sennheiser Ie7, they go for around $75 now here on head fi, nothing else in my opinion will suit you best for classical.  Nothing beats it, Ie7 man, snag one used on amazon now for under $100 or put a wanted ad up here on head fi for sale forums. Comfortable to boot, looks dang sexy, has without question the biggest soundstage available.  If not an IE7 or an Ie8, then a phiaton PS200

 

the only three sets you should be looking at right now, but the ie8 is a bit too pricey.  PS200 or Ie7, both have the largest soundstages available. 

 

 

post #8 of 32

I second the IE7 if you don't want to or can't spend the money on the IE8.  $170 will get you one brand new online w/ warranty.  I've owned it twice and would have kept it if I could justify having both the IE8 and the IE7.  Depending on what you're listening to, the IE8's aren't always that big of a step up.  Though, for classical I would say they are.

post #9 of 32
Thread Starter 

i have a question about the ie7's....do they have to be worn upside down...or can you wear them the regular way like most of them. if so, how is it...is it comfortable?

 

man, havent seen any ie7s up for sale...should i wait for one or should i try for another headphone?+

post #10 of 32

I would say it is hard and uncomfortable to wear them upside down.  I tried it and it just felt, "wrong".  Wearing them over ear provides one of the most comfortable universal IEM fits available IMO.

 

I would just pay the $99 and get a refurb pair from amazon.  Many people say they are legit.

post #11 of 32

JVC fx 500 can be had for quiet cheap and I personally found the re262's to be good for classical. 

post #12 of 32

Also for the budget of the OP the SoundMagic PL30. 

post #13 of 32
UM1 + a pack of comply tips, your ears will thank you!

I would recommend Ety's but it feels like I'm raping my ear with a Bugle corn snack. They have the best isolation and are probably the original IEM though.
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UM1 + a pack of comply tips, your ears will thank you!

I would recommend Ety's but it feels like I'm raping my ear with a Bugle corn snack. They have the best isolation and are probably the original IEM though.
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Haha, Bugle-rape. 

 

Etymotic insertion is all about technique if using the triple flange tips. You MUST pull up & out on the top of the ear to straighten the ear canal before inserting the tips. If you don't, it will pretty much feel like a corn-based snack chip is violating your ear canals. If you do it right, they should be extremely easy to insert & are very comfortable. 

 

At around $79, I'd go for the RE0 or ety MC5. At 150, go for the ety HF5. The absolute best for classical would have to be the ER4's, but unfortunately, it's really hard to get those for any less than $250 these days. A few months ago, they could be had new for around $160, but those prices are long gone. :(

post #15 of 32

Has anyone had any extensive listening to Classical with the UM1 and or IE7?  I am interested in the UM1 for detail/balance and the IE7 for soundstage.

 

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