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Help with choosing an IEM to replace the Shure 420...

post #1 of 8
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I currently have the Shure 420 which is a good playback IEM but now that I'm playing drums again its not working out.  The recessed treble makes picking out cymbal work difficult.  So I need an IEM with more treble heat than the Shure without dropping bass.  Basically need the IEM most suited to the whole drum kit playback.

 

I've been reading for a few days and basically came away with... no one seems to agree on much in the IEM world.  For example I have seen the Westone UM3x described as mid centric, v-shaped, bassy, recess treble...

 

So IEMs do the whole drum kit right?

post #2 of 8

Hm, from what I've heard about it, the ATH-CK10 might fit your bill.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/553745/top-tier-showdown-updated-dba-02-mtpc

 

Perhaps read through this thread and ask your question there.  He's used both of them.

post #3 of 8
CK10 and ER-4 are both excellent, extremely resolving. A good fit/deep seal is critical though otherwise they will be lacking lows.

CK have a little more bass, superb midrange, stealth-like quiet cable, tip finicky
ER-4 smoother highs, superb isolation, noisy cable but replaceable and seems "bulletproof", when bass is boosted by eq is very deep, tight and detailed(magical all around)smily_headphones1.gif

From what I've read the DBA-02 should also be a contender. Haven't heard it though.
Edited by RADI0HEAD - 5/24/11 at 1:58pm
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Not looking for a mirror, just to bring up the treble energy.  Ie not willing to lose toms and bass drum for cymbals ;)  Or are you saying the CK10 does the bass drum "right".

post #5 of 8
Everyone has their own opinion of how much bass is just right. To my ears they both have enough. The CK has a little more but as I said fit and seal is critical. They might not work well out of the blister pack, they didn't for me. After I found the right tips/fit for me I realized what all the fuss was about. Are they perfect? No, nothing is but they do a lot of things right. If you are interested in them you can read other opinions here, http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/467576/audio-technica-ath-ck10
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Supposing no one makes an Audeze LCD-2 IEM =)

post #7 of 8

From what I understand the LCD-2 in fact has rather laid-back treble, but I could be wrong. :P

 

But yeah, if treble is all you're looking for, maybe the DBA-02 could be what you're looking for.

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Thread Starter 

Focus on the treble is the last thing I'm looking for.  I'm looking to take the Shure and boost the top kind of like this, minus the spike...
 

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