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Sony MDR-EX1000 vs Monster Turbine Pro Copper Edition vs Sennheiser IE8 vs Etymotic ER•4P/S/B?

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Hello head-fiers! This is my first post here, and I want to ask for your thoughts on the aforementioned in-ear monitors.

 

As a high school student graduating in a year, I am really looking forward to upgrading my current headset, the Klipsch Image S4i. I really love it, but I can clearly tell where it can be improved.

 

Now, it might strike you that I didn't list any of the top-tier multiple balanced armature monitors in the title. My reasoning is really silly; now that the Westone 4s have been released, I'm somewhat waiting to see how other manufacturers respond (EarSonics, Shure, JAYS, Westone UM series, etc.). However, comments on these are welcome. Also, I am not quite ready for customs. Perhaps I'll consider them in a few years.

 

As for my musical preferences, I listen pretty much exclusively to classical music. More specifically, I listen almost solely to solo piano repertoire, along with some piano concertos and the occasional symphonic work. An avid pianist myself, I greatly value clarity and detail. With the piano concertos and symphonies, it is also very important to have a wide soundstage, powerful (but not skull-shattering) bass, and a good response over all frequencies.

 

It would be preferable to have replies from people who own two or more of these monitors, but helpful accounts and opinions on any one of them are appreciated too!

 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to help me out!!!

post #2 of 9

Welcome to the forum!.

I listen lots of Classical myself, Highly recommend ortofon eQ7 for classical music.

I believe ortofon e-Q7 or even e-Q5  were designed for classical music.  Clarity and transparency is its strong point

Check James44 review on this matter.  He is also an avid classical music listener..

There are tons of reviews on the subject so cant miss it.

 

 

post #3 of 9

I do not listen to classical, but I know that the EX1000 performs very very very well in this genre.

I have a feeling Orotofons are best with vocals, but I believe the EX1000 outperforms them in this field. Of course, the EX1000s, cost a lot more.

In terms of bass timbre, Ortofon eq-5 and Sony MDR-EX1000s are very good, but EX1000 clearly has an edge.

 

Out of your list, I would choose either of these two...

post #4 of 9

I forgot to mention that the EX1000 a wider soundstage than the Ortofons, and slightly wider than the IE8s.

Some say that the IE8s have too much bass, which seems to suggest that they need a bit better bass control. Of course, the EX1000s have quite powerful bass as well. Of course this is just my biased opinion =)

post #5 of 9

In terms of Classical.

 

Here's two that you can eliminate already:

 

  • ER-4 series. That sound-stage...
  • Coppers. Good sound-stage but positioning is an absolute mess (to my ears). These are pop IEMs.

 

Now. The IE 8... Well the whole thing is that it isn't just about width, the sound-stage. The IE 8 renders large-scale Classical with impwnity (an improved version of impunity) but the EX1000 does everything even better.

 

Also I find the EX1000 to be bass-light. It's getting better now, but right now, to my ears, the EX1000 are mostly mids and highs. The lower frequencies are just there for giggles.

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Sometimes. But most of the time for me, this is not the case. Of course, the genres I listen to are completely opposite to classical. But still, there are so many IEMs with less bass. In my microcosmic collection, these are the ones with the best bass quality and closest to ideal quantity.

 

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Also I find the EX1000 to be bass-light.

post #7 of 9

I guess you can equilize it, if you really want. However, I find you'll get used to a bit less bass after a while, and even like it a bit more like that.

 

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Also I find the EX1000 to be bass-light. 

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Does anyone know what is better for Japanese female vocalists the AT CK100, Ortofon e-q7 or the EX1000.

 

THANKS.

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Does anyone know what is better for Japanese female vocalists the AT CK100, Ortofon e-q7 or the EX1000.

 

THANKS.

 

To be honest, all 3 are wonderful for that purpose.
 

 

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