Originally Posted by kova4a
I never said it can't handle them - I said it can't handle them properly. It just lacks the bass body and mostly the sub bass to give them justice. Yeah, the songs may sound good enough but as I said there are a lot much cheaper iems that will handle them way better. Just listen to that and tell me honesltly the er4s can do it and that t doesn't sacrifice anything// The er4s may be accurate for acoustic music but it can't be further from portraying dubstep and edm accurately. Do you think that when people created music like that that made it for analytical iems or great speakers and iems that can handle it properly (and I'm not saying the gr07 does it justice too)
This is all subjective. What you consider "proper" may be "too much" for another person. What you think is analytical maybe someone ideal musicality. This was my point. To me, the 4S does most things accurately including bass heavy music. I think you're coming from basshead's pov, which is not necessary wrong; but you tend to see bassy IEMs as more accurate. I see it differently, but that's all a matter of personal opinion. You must understand, though, that even from a professional mixer's pov, "accurate" bass is flat bass, from 10Hz to 200Hz; and the ER4S's bass response is likely one of the flattest, but with only a gently roll off from 50Hz down, which is easily dealt with using EQ. This roll off may be worsen with bad fit.
The problem with perceiving bass accuracy in IEM, is that one often feels the flat response is not enough due to the inherent fault of all IEMs. Thus, the vast majority of IEMs are designed with a slight-to-gigantic bass boost. The problem with this is that once music that is vocal-centric is played, it becomes obvious that this bass boost can more often than not become intrusive for a lot of listeners, including myself. Some listeners feel the additional warmth makes vocals more natural or musical, but again, this is all subjective. In the end, if we are looking at things from a purely technical pov, accurate means flatness, and is not synonymous to the perception of naturalness.
Edited by tigon_ridge - 12/6/12 at 2:03pm