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IEMs with wood housing- where to start?

post #1 of 6
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Recently I tried a pair of my friend's open over-ear headphones that were custom modified with wood housing. As soon as I put them on I was absolutely blown away by the sound: ultra clear while being very warm at the same time. It just made for a very relaxing listening experience.

 

I knew I had to get a pair of headphones with wood housing right then and there. Of course, being a IEM man, I thought I would turn to Head-Fi first and ask for guidance:

 

- Do IEMs with wood housing have the same warm and clear sound as full-size headphones?

- Who are the big names in the IEM space w/ wood housing offerings?

- What do you recommend?

 

I've personally owned a few sets of high-end IEMs, including Shures, UEs, and most recently the Monster Turbine Pro Coppers. I love my MTPCs, but more recently I've felt that they are a little TOO detailed and rich for me at times (if that makes any sense) and that's really why I want to get a pair with wood housing.

post #2 of 6

I think victor have some.

 

Victor HA-FX700 and FX500

post #3 of 6

I haven't used wood cans (sound interesting), so I can't attest to whether or not the IEMs have the same sound you heard. However, you should check out ThinkSound and House of Marley.

We've seen others, I can't remember the who made them.

post #4 of 6

Joker has a review of five wooden headphones here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/542269/review-got-wood-thinksound-ts02-woodees-blues-fischer-daleth-skullcandy-holua-xears-td-iii

 

I have also done my own with Joker's review being an inspiration to compare wood for myself: http://www.ifans.com/blog/26453/.  Our reviews only have two overlapping headphones (ThinkSound TS02 and Woodees Blues).  Otherwise, you'll get 6 other wooden IEMs in two smashes (8 total).  Out of my five, I'd suggest the ThinkSound for some really powerful bass, XE200s for a good balanced sound, or the N3i for something in between. If you want mids, go Woodees.  Again, these are only my opinions.

post #5 of 6
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Sweet, thanks for the references. Will read through the articles and do some more research!

post #6 of 6
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After reading all the reviews I've decided to go with the Xears XE200PROs. Ordered them and having them delivered to Beijing with a huge discount thanks to head-fi.

 

My IEM addiction continues :)

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