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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
  • 2% (7)
    Hifiman RE-272
  • 3% (9)
    Shure SE425
  • 1% (3)
    Sony EX510
  • 7% (18)
    Vsonic GR07
  • 3% (8)
    Westone UM3X
  • 8% (20)
    Audeze LCD-2
  • 14% (33)
    Sennheiser HD600
  • 11% (28)
    Sennheiser HD800
  • 8% (19)
    Beyerdynamic DT880
  • 2% (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
  • 4% (10)
    Unique Melody Miracle
  • 2% (6)
    KRK-KNS8400
  • 2% (5)
    Koss ESP950
235 Total Votes  
post #226 of 355

I see hd 25 1 II is on the list. I just bought a pair today. Excellent headphones. In fact their my favorites.

post #227 of 355
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post

I see hd 25 1 II is on the list. I just bought a pair today. Excellent headphones. In fact their my favorites.


Do you think they're neutral enough? beerchug.gif

 

post #228 of 355
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Originally Posted by nikp View Post


Do you think they're neutral enough? beerchug.gif

 



Surprisingly they feel like they are trebly and bassy. Kind of like a smile curve. But on graphs such as this one

 

graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=513

 

they look balanced. They definitely sound balanced to me but they are very fun at the same time. Likewise my shure srh840 feels balanced with a slight boost to the bass and recessed treble.

post #229 of 355
Quote:
Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post



Surprisingly they feel like they are trebly and bassy. Kind of like a smile curve. But on graphs such as this one

 

graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=513

 

they look balanced. They definitely sound balanced to me but they are very fun at the same time. Likewise my shure srh840 feels balanced with a slight boost to the bass and recessed treble.


I found that similar curve you speak of when I tried them out.

 

Definitely didn't think they were neutral, but then again I didn't spend hours on them..

 

post #230 of 355

Let me in please. =)

 

Personally, I would add the Audio Technica W11R since it's neutrality allows excellent treble resolution. Sound sig is not far off from the Stax O2 mk1, but a bit more emphasized in the lower mids where the O2 sounds a bit recessed. Treble is a bit less emphasized than the O2 mk1 which actually sounds a tad above neutral.

post #231 of 355
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Originally Posted by wind016 View Post

Let me in please. =)

 

Personally, I would add the Audio Technica W11R since it's neutrality allows excellent treble resolution. Sound sig is not far off from the Stax O2 mk1, but a bit more emphasized in the lower mids where the O2 sounds a bit recessed. Treble is a bit less emphasized than the O2 mk1 which actually sounds a tad above neutral.


Gladly! beerchug.gif

 

post #232 of 355
Thread Starter 

I will start shortly a poll on your favourite (or best) neutral IEM and headphone 2011. Any suggestions?

 

I'm going to start with

 

Etymotic ER-4S 

Beyer DT880

 

EDIT: Make a nickname out of them!

 


Edited by nikp - 11/11/11 at 12:46am
post #233 of 355
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Originally Posted by nikp View Post

I will start shortly a poll on your favourite (or best) neutral IEM and headphone. Any suggestions?

 

I'm going to start with

 

Etymotic ER-4S 

Beyer DT880

 



HD 25 1 II or SRH840

post #234 of 355
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post



HD 25 1 II or SRH840


And add a nickname. biggrin.gif

 

post #235 of 355

What do you guys think of the HD448 ? They sound rather neutral to me, maybe that can be added to the headphones list ?

post #236 of 355
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Originally Posted by nikp View Post


And add a nickname. biggrin.gif

 



Just call me raptor.

post #237 of 355
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Originally Posted by Parall3l View Post

What do you guys think of the HD448 ? They sound rather neutral to me, maybe that can be added to the headphones list ?


Never heard the HD448 but on Sennheiser's website it is regarded as an "excellent, lifelike stereo sound experience - both indoor and outdoor".

 

post #238 of 355
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Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post



Just call me raptor.


Actually it's the nickname of the IEM. :) But nicknames are welcome - I'll add that to the members' list.

 


Edited by nikp - 11/11/11 at 12:56am
post #239 of 355
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Originally Posted by nikp View Post


Never heard the HD448 but on Sennheiser's website it is regarded as an "excellent, lifelike stereo sound experience - both indoor and outdoor".

 

 

Looks neutral to me. Either that or mid rangey.
 

graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=1163

post #240 of 355
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post

 

Looks neutral to me. Either that or mid rangey.
 

graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=1163


Alrighty, added them to the list. It'll stay there until members (more than 2) decide that it ain't neutral.

 

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