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Poll Results: Best Neutral IEM and Headphone 2011 (Pick 1 IEM and 1 Headphone only)

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 18% (43)
    Etymotic ER-4S
  • 3% (7)
    Hifiman RE-272
  • 3% (9)
    Shure SE425
  • 1% (3)
    Sony EX510
  • 7% (17)
    Vsonic GR07
  • 3% (8)
    Westone UM3X
  • 8% (20)
    Audeze LCD-2
  • 14% (33)
    Sennheiser HD600
  • 11% (27)
    Sennheiser HD800
  • 8% (19)
    Beyerdynamic DT880
  • 3% (7)
    Shure SRH 840
  • 8% (19)
    AKG 702
  • 9% (22)
    Stax SR-009
  • 0% (1)
    Denon DN-HP1000
  • 0% (1)
    ESP950
  • 10% (24)
    Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor Custom
  • 3% (9)
    Unique Melody Miracle
  • 2% (6)
    KRK-KNS8400
  • 2% (5)
    Koss ESP950
232 Total Votes  
post #1 of 353
Thread Starter 

The Neutral / Balanced Thread

 

Introduction: Hey awesome people, this thread is inspired by "The Basshead Thread". There are numerous people in Head-Fi that's interested in an accurate sound reproduction so I decided to make a thread about it. "No more, no less - that's how we like it." As a musician and an amateur composer, I always strive for IEMs that gives a neutral presentation. 

 

 

Neutral IEMs (Click to show)

 

-Universals-

 

Etymotic ER-4S (Single BA)

 

Etymotic HF5/3 (Single BA)

 

Audio Technica ATH-CK10 (Dual BA)

 

HifiMan RE272 (9mm Dynamic Driver)

 

Hifiman RE252 (9mm Dynamic Driver)

 

UM3X (Triple BA, Three way crossover)

 

Vsonic GR07 (11mm Dynamic Driver)

 

Shure SE425 (Dual BA)

 

Shure SE535 (Triple BA)

 

Sony EX510 (Dynamic)

 

-Customs-

 

Ultimate Ears Reference Monitors

 

 

Our Favourite Neutral IEM 2011:

 

Etymotic ER-4S

 

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Headphones! (Click to show)

Audeze LCD-2

 

Beyerdynamic DT880

 

Beyerdynamic DT1350

 

Beyerdynamic DT48A

 

Beyerdynamic DT48S

 

Hifiman HE-4

 

Shure SRH840

 

Shure SRH940

 

Sennheiser HD600

 

Sennheiser HD800

 

Sennheiser HD25

 

AKG 240DF

 

AKG K500

 

AKG K501

 

AKG K601

 

AKG K701

 

AKG K702

 

AKG Q701

 

Fischer Audio FA-003

 

GMP450 PRO

 

STAX SR-009

 

STAX SR-007

 

STAX Lambda Series

 

CharterOak SP-1

 

Sony MDR CD900ST

 

Sony MDR 7509

 

Ultrasones

 

Pioneer Monitor 10

 

Audio Technica W11R

 

Grado HP1000

 

KRK-KNS8400

 

Koss ESP950

 

 

 

Favourite Neutral Headphone 2011

 

Sennheiser HD600

 

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Feel free to discuss anything related to neutral audio gears or music such as classical. etysmile.gif

 

 

Links to other threads made for bassheads, midrangeheads and trebleheads:

The Basshead Club

The Treblehead Club

The Midrangehead Club

The Fun V Shaped Club

The Soundstage Club

 

 

Acknowledgements

These awesome Head-Fiers have assisted me in building the thread and I would like to thank each and every one for their contributions in this thread.

 

Headphones & IEM list builders

Nikp (me)

Ishcabible

Gatepc

TheWuss

kiteki

SoulSyde

R-Audiohead

psgarcha92

Brooko

rawrster

dyl1dyl

John In Cali

TexasBuck

NamelessPFG

JRG1990

12345142

RexAeterna

JamesMcProgger

OneSec

spekkio

wind016

Parall3l

 

Club members (From oldest to newest)

Nikp (me) 

Parall3l

Ishcabible

whitefang

pigmode

Head Injury

RexAeterna

Gatepc

Uncle Erik

TheWuss

kiteki

rhythmdevils

SoulSyde

R-Audiohead

John In Cali

proedros

psgarcha92

Brooko

rawrster

dyl1dyl

spekkio

firev1

TexasBuck

NamelessPFG

Ham Sandwich

JRG1990

12345142

mdonova33

JamesMcProgger

sennheiserhd485

purrin

OneSec

AstralStorm

Tetsuma

Blue Boat

spekkio

bcasey25raptor 

wind016

vikman21

PhoenixClaw

 


Edited by nikp - 1/30/12 at 6:41pm
post #2 of 353
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Originally Posted by nikp View Post

Hey awesome people, this thread is inspired by "The Basshead Thread". There are numerous people in Head-Fi that's interested in an actual sound reproduction so I decided to make a thread about it. No more, no less - that's how we like it. As a musician and an amateur composer, I always strive for IEMs that gives a neutral presentation. 

 

Feel free to discuss anything related to analytical iems / music such as classical. etysmile.gif

 

Nice thread beerchug.gif Now all we need is the treble counter part very_evil_smiley.gif
 

 

post #3 of 353
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parall3l View Post

 

Nice thread beerchug.gif Now all we need is the treble counter part very_evil_smiley.gif

 


Should we get a "fun" thread? beerchug.gif

 

post #4 of 353

i smell...i smell, a club fight!!!

post #5 of 353
Quote:
Originally Posted by nikp View Post

Should we get a "fun" thread? beerchug.gif

 



The V party or something like that ? YES PLEASE

post #6 of 353

ill stick with the Basshead Club....even though i love the V curve signature

post #7 of 353

I just added the link to this thread on my first post in the basshead club. We should attach links to all the other signature preference threads. 

post #8 of 353

Any membership privileges? Discount on the HD800 maybe? tongue.gif

post #9 of 353
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Originally Posted by koolkat View Post

Any membership privileges? Discount on the HD800 maybe? tongue.gif



FREE STAX SR-009 TO EACH AND EVERY MEMBER !

post #10 of 353
Thread Starter 

Added links to other similar threads. beyersmile.png

post #11 of 353

Is it just me or are there very few reasonably priced (Easily found under $300 used or new) analytical/slightly bright full sized headphones? I can only think of the Shure SRH940, Beyerdynamic DT880/DT48, AKG K240DF/KX0X, Sony SA5000, Pioneer Monitor 10, and maybe a couple more I'm missing.

 

Signing in with the DT48 and I'm demoing the DF. I'm not sure how people can compare the two.

post #12 of 353

I am definitely a fan of analytical sound =), and I am not a musician or producer.

Benchmark DAC1/Pico Slim/Ultimate Ears Reference monitor/Etymotic ER4B/ER4S/HF3

May get the iQube soon too.

Yes I love the coldness, the dryness, brightness, sterility.. whatever people call that

No bass boost, no equalizer, no tubes.

post #13 of 353

I used to be a midrange elitest, but when a moderate HF hearing loss led me to look into SS amps, the experience turned me into a detail freak. I still like a balanced sound, but not at the expense of a sweet, airy, and analytical top end. It does well to unbind a solo violin from the orchestra.  

post #14 of 353

Is this club exclusive to those who like crazy amounts of treble? Or is it detail oriented?

post #15 of 353
i guess i'm ''analytical'' but since everyone's meaning is different, i'm going to say i just like something that does it's job. i like my sound to change with every given track is presented. i like sound-shifting chameleon sounding headphones/gear. others find it boring but i find it just doing it's job and i'm enjoying the music.
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