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post #16 of 28
Thread Starter 

it´s really difficult to fit?

all size of foams didn´t fit?

post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by rafaelheaven View Post

it´s really difficult to fit?

all size of foams didn´t fit?


Nope, couldn't get a good seal with any included tips or with Sony Hybrids. Then again, I had the same problem with the Westone UM3X, if you can believe it. I must have weird ears that are "Ety only" etysmile.gif I can get a good seal with the Etymotic Tri-flange, and nothing else.

 

post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 

oh yes! i know! only ety! you like them a lot don't you?

post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by rafaelheaven View Post

oh yes! i know! only ety! you like them a lot don't you?


Well, they are the only IEMs that stay in my ears, so yes, I do like them a lot wink.gif

 

post #20 of 28

UE triple fi 10 are great, they are in a different league than the 215s, people here compare them to the 535

post #21 of 28

You need to put up Mids with EQ on Triple Fi's.

They will be great.

No eq = no good mids. Bass and highs are great.

Also you should get extra Sony Hybrid Eartips + find a good seal. After couple of time you will need to make another silver cable.

post #22 of 28
Thread Starter 

another silver cable? what is that?

post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by alv4426 View Post

UE triple fi 10 are great, they are in a different league than the 215s, people here compare them to the 535


I agree. To me, they sounded better than the SE530 (haven't heard the SE535).

 

post #24 of 28
post #25 of 28
Thread Starter 

it´s a bit expensive!

post #26 of 28

What kind of music do you prefer?

What exactly do you like in sound?

What is your source?

Budget?

post #27 of 28

Do not buy Ultimate Ears anything except for the TF.10's. TF.10s are godlike and considering they used to be double the price you can get them for now, take it if you can afford them. I build cables for them on a daily basis and they honestly sound better than the Shure E500, and even the SE 530/535 that I get to listen to. (I have a friend who whores himself out to Shure). TF.10's just sound AWESOME and I know sound is a matter of preference but everybody who listens to my TF.10s has said they're amazing compared to my Ety's (flat), Shures (really good), and Westones (really really good), Grado cans (why is there no bass if they're so big).

 

They really cut corners with their new stuff and I really sincerely mean that. I owned quite a bit of their gear even from like 6 years ago and UE used to be among the best in the business pre-Logitech. Now they just make cheap looking, cheap feeling IEMs. I even got a DOA UE600 for crying out loud! The UE700 will never be the SF.5 Pro or the SF.5 EB. You can get SF.5 Pros for really cheap still. They're hard to sleep with since they do stick out quite a bit. They look really cool though.

 

Right now Shure, Westone, and Etymotic are your best bet.

 

I like the Etymotic sound signature which sounds really accurate and neutral (maybe even flat with a little treble/bass hump), you'll be able to hear music as it was made, and their customer service is great. They mail me replacement tips just for asking them nicely! The packaging is nice and the build quality is superior to a lot of other offerings at the price level. The accuracy of the MC5 isn't really contestable at that price range, but for all the accuracy and neutrality you get, you do lose a little bit of the livelyness of the music. It doesn't have the impact and punch most people expect when buying expensive IEMs, it's not a headphone to give you more audible frequencies and "sound", but it'll peel back the layers in music and expose every little thing in it. I own the ER-6's which are a step up, and it's really nice to have my eardrums a little sore from the exaggerated treble/bass I get from a lot of other headphones. I once wore them for like 11 hours straight with no complaints carrying on about my day. I usually take a breather with all my other stuff and come back to these.

 

Shure SE 215's (do not buy the SE210 or the E2C) have really great bass, have replaceable cables, and overall you get a lot for your money. Shure is great, warranty not so much, as they weren't really in a rush to help me with my SCL3's or my E2C's back in the day. The SE215's have really great bass, the music is very impactful, you'll actually feel that music is in the room and you'll feel it in your head. They're really lively, a great value, and Shure tips rank above the rest for me in terms of comfort. I have to use foamies for all my other IEM's. The foams that come with them are actually a step above too. Just a great IEM overall when you don't really care about absolute detail and neutrality and you just want to rock out and have fun.

 

Westone is between the two (UM1), I really liked these and they're revealing, yet they've got a credible amount of mid-bass and sub-bass. Thats really the only way I can explain them. Build quality is excellent and Westone is actually my go-to brand if I wanted the good ol' fun Ultimate Ears sound but a little more "grown up" . The SE 215 is a little more impactful than the UM1. After all the UM1 are actually musician monitors, but they're still quite excellent and Westone really cares about delivering an awesome product. It's just you don't hear about them that much since a lot of people do IEM's now and these have been out for a while.

 

It's up to you. If I had 250 bucks, I'd just buy Etymotic ER-4P and maybe an Etymotic t-shirt haha.

 

I've become rather serious about sound signature and I really do get what all these guys who prefer flat sound curves are raving about these days. My UE's sit in a drawer. I just use them to demo IEM recables these days before I send them out.


Edited by Chris_Himself - 6/30/11 at 4:08pm
post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 

thanks man, a really good answer :)

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