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Well balanced IEM with replaceable cord < $300

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I listen to a lot of hip-hop, electronica/techno, dubstep, but I also listen to an equal amount of rock, acoustic, classical, and jazz(!). I don't want IEMs that I will love with certain genres and feel completely disappointed with others. Here are two main things I'm looking for:

  • Overall balanced sound (highs, mediums, lows, treble, bass) but with some "extra" bass and soundstage.
  • Replaceable cord
post #2 of 11
Sony MDR-7550 or EX600. the former being close to your budget i think.
post #3 of 11

Sm3 V2 by earsonics are probably among best IEMs with replaceable cord in within 400 price range

 

post #4 of 11

I think the Westone UM3X RC would be a good choice for you but I believe it's a little over $300.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
After reading for hours on end looking for the "right" IEM for me, I have decided to get the EarSonics SM2 V2. Replaceable cord, a sound that everyone loves, and considered one of the best IEMs of all time. The price is higher then what I was aiming for but I'd rather go big then go home.

I am still looking though. If there is an IEM like the EarSonics SM2 V2 but with better build (made out of stronger material then plastic) then please let me know.
post #6 of 11

i think if you are in the US you should get the westone umx3 rc and if you are in the EU, the SM3 v2. less of a hassle that way, in the event that something goes wrong and you need customer service.

post #7 of 11

Sennheiser IE8, TF10Pro, EX7550, SE535, SM3 V2, UM3x and EX600.

post #8 of 11

I've heard the SM3 has a really odd sound-signature. And saying that everyone loves them is a pretty big exaggeration; for the most part, I think they are a very polarizing IEM. I have not had the chance to listen to them, but that's what I got from what trusted reviewers have said.

 

Out of all the IEMs ZARIM listed, I would have went with either the EX600 or UM3X for your musical preferences...

post #9 of 11

I would have went UM3x.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by shureThing View Post

I would have went UM3x.


Huh. A lot of people seem to be recommending the UM3X for my tastes. How come? I've read SM3 vs UM3X threads and it seems that both sides aren't very far off from each other. Why would the UM3X be better suited for my taste? What genres are the SM3s more suited for?
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by donthurtme View Post



Huh. A lot of people seem to be recommending the UM3X for my tastes. How come? I've read SM3 vs UM3X threads and it seems that both sides aren't very far off from each other. Why would the UM3X be better suited for my taste? What genres are the SM3s more suited for?


Well, from comparisons other than mine as I haven't listened to the SM3, it seems that the UM3X has more bass (sub and mid bass) than the SM3. It has also been said to have a more pleasing sound-stage, one that doesn't make some music sound "off" like the SM3 (other peoples opinions, not mine.) I can't cite any sources as I'm just basing the SM3's sound signature off of the hours I've spent on Head-fi researching the SM3. 

 

So far, the UM3X has sounded splendid on all of the music I've been listening to.

 

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