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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 #331 of 353

How abot Klipsch Image X10 ? thanks

post #332 of 353
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Originally Posted by Alex258218 View Post

How abot Klipsch Image X10 ? thanks

I thought the X10 were a bit too bassy...I found the X5s to be more neutral, just an opinion.

post #333 of 353

Westone 4...seriously!

I've own/owned or had extended listing sessions with all of the following that made the list and found the W4 more neutral than all...although I found the GR07 about equally neutral.

 

Etymotic ER4S - treble focused, extreemly analytical, little bass presence (own)

Etymotic HF3 - treble focused, analytical, little bass presence (own)

UM3X - mid centric, lack treble extension (owned...for a week)

Vsonic GR07 - quite neutral (auditioned)

Shure SE425 - a bit mid centric, recessed highs (auditioned)

Shure SE535 - really mid-centric (auditioned)


Edited by ulnevrgtit - 1/17/12 at 2:18pm
post #334 of 353
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Originally Posted by Alex258218 View Post

How abot Klipsch Image X10 ? thanks


Not remotely.  I got those for $90 and still got rid of them.  Rather disappointed compared to the best IEMs in the $100 or so range.

 


Edited by Anaxilus - 1/17/12 at 5:23pm
post #335 of 353

Is it too late to join this club?
 

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Originally Posted by ulnevrgtit View Post

 

Seems like more of a limitation of IEMs and even headphones in general due to their size limitations, clearly relevant in reproducing bass, especially sub-bass.  No iem/headphone I've heard present bass truly correct to my ears when compared to loudspeakers (i've not heard any orthos).  Out of curiosity, what if any IEM(s) that you've heard do you find neutral? 

 



Sony EX1000 had some impressively linear, textured bass, that keeps going lower and lower. The treble quantity was rather excessive, doesn't really belong here in neutral zone. I was somewhat surprised to see it on the basshead club.

 

I'd say that the GR07 seemed more neutral to my ear than the Westone 4. I do rather agree with your conclusions on the other IEMs on the poll.

post #336 of 353

I've recently learned to like neutrality, or at least some fabricated facsimile of it. Bad recordings sound bad, great recordings sound incredible. Though it does sting when some of your favorite albums are recorded poorly, or have odd choices in presentation in certain tracks.

post #337 of 353

No one compiled a short list of closed circumaurals!?...

  • Sennheiser HD280Pro
  • Sony V6/7506
  • Beyerdynamic DT250-250
post #338 of 353

Just wanted to bring to everyones attention the Aurisonics AS-2's. While normally considered by those that havent heard it as a powerhouse for bass, it's ridiculously beautiful in its control of the levels and presentation. It's something I hope you guys look out for. The Bass is deep, the mids are beautiful, and the treble makes my head almost explode they are so ridiculously amazing.

post #339 of 353

Superlux HD661. Fan-effin-tastic value.

post #340 of 353
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Originally Posted by markanini View Post

Superlux HD661. Fan-effin-tastic value.

 

Sony v6 lookalikes? Been thinking about them for portable use, but the headband keeps me off a bit. Will have to try them on myself...
post #341 of 353
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Originally Posted by Accoun View Post

 

Sony v6 lookalikes? Been thinking about them for portable use, but the headband keeps me off a bit. Will have to try them on myself...

 

Yes. Headband looks weird but somehow it works, at least on my head. YMMV

post #342 of 353
Dunno, I heard about a guy whose HD661's were falling off his head because of the design. True or not, my head isn't big and I heard complaints about it in the reviews of some other model, too - while with Audio-Technica everything was OK, Superlux didn't copy the mechanism that well...
post #343 of 353
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Originally Posted by ulnevrgtit View Post

Westone 4...seriously!

I've own/owned or had extended listing sessions with all of the following that made the list and found the W4 more neutral than all...although I found the GR07 about equally neutral.

 

Etymotic ER4S - treble focused, extreemly analytical, little bass presence (own)

Etymotic HF3 - treble focused, analytical, little bass presence (own)

UM3X - mid centric, lack treble extension (owned...for a week)

Vsonic GR07 - quite neutral (auditioned)

Shure SE425 - a bit mid centric, recessed highs (auditioned)

Shure SE535 - really mid-centric (auditioned)

 

I have W4 and SE425 but I wouldn't consider them neutral at all, W4 has some bump around 60-120Hz made the bass sound egged and some recess at high-mid as well.

W4 more like a fun IEM to me.

 

tried all the IEM you listed(except for GR07) and I agreed with your opinions in your list completely

post #344 of 353

I feel like the list in the first post is a bit outdated. Their are a few different IEM's out on the market, including some customs, that should be included. Also, some threads similar to this have things like "Bass boost EQ amps" sections in the basshead thread. Why not do Neutral/Balanced DAP's? I've been loving my Tera Player (neutrally tuned) and my Aurisonic AS-2's (Also tuned quite neutral) and the combination of them is amazing. If the OPer wants me to collect a few names of additions, I'd happily help. 

post #345 of 353

With German-MAESTRO GMP 8.35D Monitor I want to sign in :) One of the best neutral cans under 200 euros but can match with very high tier detail monsters. I would suggest it to anybody who wants neutral sounding.

 

Also no amp needed for this headphone. But if you gonna use a powerful source take a look at 8.300D too.

 

Edit: I also want to be on the list and I think GMP 8.35D deserves to be in the headphones list too. Give it a try guys these cans are great.


Edited by AmberOzL - 2/18/13 at 3:23pm
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