Hello again Head-Fi, its been awhile
About a year and a half ago I started a thread looking for some good starter IEMs and ended up buying the Radius HP-TWF11R Pro DDMs. And I loved them! I cared for them like a baby until about a month ago while I was at work my 7 month old knocked them off my nightstand while my wife wasn't pay an enormous amount of attention and so I come home to see my Shih-tzu had made them his new chew toy. I know the joys of a new baby and man's best friend far out weigh any IEMs, but I was crushed and really wanted to choke the dog with the cable and nubs he left of the monitors. I didn't and just hoped the bits would be REALLY uncomfortable coming out the other end.
My search began for something new and exciting. I have since tried the Meelectronics A151s, not wanting to drop a boatload of cash and they sounded really good, I guess, and they fit well, but the cord was seriously like 5 feet long. I'm 6'1" and with them in my ears the plug was at my ankles. I also thought they felt cheap. So back they went. Then I thought clear and neutral was the ticket and ordered a set of Etymotic HF-5s and they sounded spectacular although bass-light. However, on the second day of wearing them while using the translucent triple flanges I'm pretty sure I poked my eardrum on the right side trying to get them to seal. The larger light grey triple flanges were a good fit, but they irritated my ear canal terribly, I can only describe it as itching crossed with tingling. I could get no other tips to seal correctly and after a week of fiddling with them, I said screw it and back they went.
I've now read |joker|'s and ClieOS's review threads and checked out many appreciation threads and I think I've narrowed it down to a short list of possible replacements that will 1) be something new & different and 2) be a growing experience for me and 3) fit my budget (around $200)...
(In no particular order)
UE TripleFi 10
I know, right? A dynamic, a dual balanced armature, and a triple balanced armature walk into a bar... haha sorry I couldn't resist.
Here's the thing I liked the clean sound of the armatures, but it was a little flat on the bass end for me or at least what I was used to in the DDMs. I could have lived with the HF-5s if they fit better. What better way to fix that flat bass problem than with separate drivers? All [read: most] of the reviews for the GR07s are just to good to pass up.
So here is where I tell you my sources and preferred music styles, right?
On the go will be the iPhone 4 (or if the wife caves iPhone 5) sans amp. I really don't need a mic as I don't really make or receive that many calls.
At home will mostly be straight out of an iPad 2 for movies and TV shows while the baby is asleep, but could be an iBasso D1 hooked to a Sony lappy, but usually that goes to my D2000s.
Currently in my favorites queue with bold indicating particular favorites...
Bill Withers, Erland Oye (Norwegian Electronica), Death Cab for Cutie, Gnarls Barkley, Gordon Lightfoot, Gorillaz, Lady Gaga, Matt & Kim, Royksopp (Norwegian Electronica), Everything but the Girl, Luscious Jackson, Nujabes (Japanese Electronica mixed with R&B known for the Samurai Champloo soundtrack), Sneaker Pimps, Snow Patrol, Soul Coughing, Sun Kil Moon, Telepopmusik (French Electronica), The Killers, Eels, Cracker (Not Uncle Kracker), White Stripes, Warren Zevon, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Zero 7, Hooverphonic (Belgian Electronica), but nothing can be compared to Portishead's Roseland NYC Live with the New York Philharmonic - Glory Box from that album is the reason I came here in search of better sound.
Final notes on sound. Pretty much everything I listen to has vocals, primarily female vocals, but not all. All recordings were ripped straight from the CD to ALAC.
Almost done, I promise.
I'm ordering something Sunday night so it gets hear ASAP 'cause I'm really sick of not having some IEMs at this point.
Any and all comment appreciated and if I missed something I should consider please tell me about it.