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Been a long while since I've posted, it seems.

 

Anyway, I've been sticking to circumaural cans, as well as monitor clip-ons ever since I've moved on from stock earpieces. While my current set of cans are pretty decent in terms of sound staging and detailing, they don't really offer a good amount of isolation. Then again, what to expect from a pair of open-backs, right?

 

I've been hearing a lot of good things about Ultimate Ears, but prior to the release of the UE 4 Pro, there wasn't a model in the custom fit range that was within my budget. Yeah, money's kinda hard to come by >.>

 

These are analytical, I get that. But what of the sound stage on these IEMs? Is the virtualization on these good enough to be able to really enjoy something along the lines of an opera? Well, to be honest I listen more often to rock and roll, techno, and progressive rock (Side note: I LOVE Pink Floyd! Had only recently managed to get a copy of The Wall; Genius :D), but I borrow some of my granddad's old discs when the mood hits me. 

 

Lastly, in the event that I don't get these (though I really, really want them), could anyone suggest a similarly-priced pair of open-backed cans? Paradoxical, I know, but I can't bring myself to love closed-backs anymore, seeing as how the ones I've tried (not really all that many, actually) sounded kinda stuffy. 

 

Cheers!

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I've been considering this for a while, as well. I'll suggest average_joe's resource thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/541494/custom-iem-resource-thread-summary-reviews-info-custom-iem-manufacturers

 

For $400, there are a number of other options besides the Ultimate Ears UE4, including the JHAudio JH5, Westone AC2, 1964-T, and Sleek CT6, most of which you can find reviews for around here. That already gives you a pretty wide range of choices. If you're worried about cost, there are also a few manufacturers that have even cheaper single-driver entry models (1964, Kozee), or can remold a universal (Kozee, Fischer, Unique Melody).

 

There are also a few lesser known companies that have cheaper products, but you sometimes get what you pay for, and so it can be nicer to go with a known quantity rather than risk something else.

 

Of course, it helps to do your own reading, and my list is not exhaustive - no offense is meant to any 'phones I didn't mention.

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