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Best IEM for a SERIOUS classical listener

post #1 of 10
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Hello, i am currently helping my friend purchase his first high-end IEM and i don't want to give him the wrong advice. He doesn't really know his budget but he said he likes the sound of the Etymotic ER-4's because i told him of its known detail and clarity. I was also thinking about the Audeo PFE 112 or the SE315. Like i said earlier, he listens to mainly classical. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!!!

post #2 of 10

There is no such a thing "As best IEMs"

There are very many IEMs in all price ranges and what for you may be BEST, for me means the opposite.; however mainly the so called "Top tiers"  are regarded by many as "best" or better IEMs then the average low -end IEMs (mainly priced under 100$ or so)

 

and for my taste, based on  friends love for classical music, Ortofons e-Q5 or AT Ck10 is highly recommended.

Clarity and balance and transparency is what a Balanced Armature e-Q5 or Ck10 is all about.

 

Price wise, one can get e-Q5 for $250 from Musica Acoustics (if they are still on sale)

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by yello131 View Post

There is no such a thing "As best IEMs"

There are very many IEMs in all price ranges and what for you may be BEST, for me means the opposite.; however mainly the so called "Top tiers"  are regarded by many as "best" or better IEMs then the average low -end IEMs (mainly priced under 100$ or so)

 

and for my taste, based on  friends love for classical music, Ortofons e-Q5 or AT Ck10 is highly recommended.

Clarity and balance and transparency is what a Balanced Armature e-Q5 or Ck10 is all about.

 

Price wise, one can get e-Q5 for $250 from Musica Acoustics (if they are still on sale)

 

 

 



Ah my mistake, i didnt mean to say that. i just got carried away and wanted quick and honest answers. Yes i was referring to the "top-tiers", thank you yello131. unluckily the e-Q5's are no longer on sale. My friend is really likes the idea of the ER-4P because i lent him my HF5 which is "similar" sounding IEMs. I just can't really think of many IEMs for classical music at the moment. Also the westone UM2s are a very likely possibility because of the sale price on earphonesolutions.com and additional 10% off because we're Canadian =D

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Ah my mistake, i didnt mean to say that. i just got carried away and wanted quick and honest answers. Yes i was referring to the "top-tiers", thank you yello131. unluckily the e-Q5's are no longer on sale. My friend is really likes the idea of the ER-4P because i lent him my HF5 which is "similar" sounding IEMs. I just can't really think of many IEMs for classical music at the moment. Also the westone UM2s are a very likely possibility because of the sale price on earphonesolutions.com and additional 10% off because we're Canadian =D


How do you know e-Q5 are no longer on sale? 

If the website has higher cost,  just  contact Dimitri directly and mention "Head-fi Special Promo deal" for e-Q5.

Usually it does not take long for an answer to come.

 

 

 

 

post #5 of 10

I'll consider the FX700s or FX500s, they almost seem to be made for classical. Strings have excellent timbre and the whole sound is big and spacious which in result renders large orchestrations quite well. 

 

The PFEs are also nice if want a similar lean sound of the ER4s but these excel at classical because their dynamic range is excellent. 


Edited by Inks - 5/18/11 at 11:34pm
post #6 of 10

I hate to say it, I'd pick the W4 over everything else I've owned for classical. Never tried the GR10 though heard good things about them for classical. Right now, the W4 is $381 from Earphonesolutions with a coupon code, so not sure if that is out of your friend's price range. I've also been really impressed with the ER4P, especially for strings. If your friend is big into string solos/quartets or baroque, I'd consider the ER4P; if he like symphonies, I'd go for the W4. I owned it for a while and am going back as soon as I go based on its performance with classical alone.

post #7 of 10

I don't feel there is anything specifically geared for classical.  Simply like any other genre, it's good to have balance for an even presentation.  It's good to have extension for the lows and highs to portray the broad range of all the instruments.  Since classical is orchestra, it's a collection of many instruments played at once.  An earphone needs a good level of detail.  This not only includes speed of notes but also texturing/articulation of details within the notes.  This helps flesh out the presentation and helps make it real and immersive.  You also need a good dynamic range to portray subtle bits and explosive bits.  This brings out the emotional aspect of sound.  All of these things are things you'd want for any genre though.  It isn't really specific to classical alone.  It's always good to look for balance, detail, texturing, dynamics, etc.  The products that do it better create a more whole sound, a sound that is more solid and realistic to the ear.

 

The most life-like earphone I've used is the CK10.  It's also well balanced, highly textured, highly detailed, has good dynamic range, and so on, hence why it carries a lot of realism.  If I were to make a suggestion, that would be a good starting point.  However, it isn't your only option.  As was said, the FX700 can be an excellent choice.  So can the e-Q7.  I'm even quite fond of the UM3X if you can EQ it flat.  It's quite remarkable if you have the EQing power to turn the frequency response from a stage tool to a very good musical device.

post #8 of 10

A few months ago I looked into buying an IEM for classical -- I've yet to make a purchase since I've had other spending priorities, but what I learned from my research then was to buy a Fischer DBA-02.  Of course, I was not specifically looking for high-end and had set my sights on the sub-$200 part of the market.  Still, DBA-02 has gotten rave reviews for classical music.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hmmm.. I know the W4's are pretty amazing and if i was him i would defs buy it, but i dont have much say in this so.. xD

He likes the price on the W3's however but idk why he doesnt want to pay a tad bit more for the W4's. He's also pretty picky about online shopping and paypal so he wants to buy it either locally or STRICTLY earphonesolutions.com or headphone.com due to the good transactions, price and selection. Yes, i personally agree with the DBA-O2, e-Q7, CK10, UM3, W4, and the JVCs. So im guessing either the Shure SE315, Westone UM2, Etymotic ER-4P, W3 (maybe.. have to ask him), and PFE112s.. I'm encouraging the Ety ER4, EM2, and W3. your thoughts?

post #10 of 10

With those choices, I'd go with the ER4! I haven't heard the EM2 but W3 would not be my first choice for classical, although it does have a good soundstage.

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