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Recommendations for <$400 IEMs?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hello, I'm looking for some new IEM.. what would you guys buy with up to $400? Personally I appreciate a nice soundstage, good bass, and durableness. I am using an iPod Touch out to an Fiio E7. Thanks.

post #2 of 7

Have you heard any good earphones before? That might give someone a basis of what you define as 'good' bass. There are a lot of fine options, Give the chart in this post a read:http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/476315/top-tier-universal-iem-comparison-chart-frequency-response-charts-discussion

 

Consider things like, isolation, wearing style, availability from where you are etc.

post #3 of 7

If you want compelete portable setup then buy Nuforce Icon Mobile and Sennehiser IE8(both has good synergy)with your iPod Touch. Sennheiser IE8 has huge soundstage, deep punchy bass, good mids and good highs. Other options for great punchy bass, wide soundstage and overall clear presentation are like FX700, Sony EX1000, TF10Pro and SM3(they will work fine with E7). 


Edited by ZARIM - 4/6/11 at 2:17pm
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Currently for IEMs I have UE T-10s and HD650 cans as well. Think I would rather pass them on and get something new rather then replace the cables on the UE which is my biggest gripe about them. Nice chart.. think I'm interested in the IE8 and SM3. The both have great soundstage per the chart. Any reasons to get one over the other?

post #5 of 7

Is there anything you want to change about the Triple.Fi 10's sound signature? 

 

The IE8s have much more bass than the Triple.Fi 10s.  They have less sound isolation than your Triple.Fi 10s due to the bass port.  Their treble is not as extended as the Triple.Fi 10s.  You'll find them quite warm.

 

The SM3s have more mids than the Triple.Fi 10s.  The SM3's ergonomics aren't perfect--the length between the drivers and Y split is about 5 cm too short and the driver housings are a bit large.

 

ljokerl has a great thread comparing these and many other IEMs in great detail.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/478568/multi-iem-review-160-iems-compared-denon-ah-c360-h2o-surge-pro-added-04-04


Edited by IpodHappy - 4/6/11 at 8:57pm
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by jinque View Post

Any reasons to get one over the other?


Isolation for one, the sm3 is pretty good in that regard.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

thanks... i'm leaning towards the IE-8s; i've liked what i've read here and from joker's review.

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