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Question on Design of Balanced Armatures for a Sleepy Head

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First, thanks to the many who have previously weighed in on previous threads about best IEMs for sleeping.  Many point to the MEElec M6s, the Soundmagic PL50s, and Westones, with somewhat less frequent nods to the q-jays, db-Logic EP-100s, Shure 215s, and Phonaks. 

 

I too am looking for recommendations, but with an additional concern in mind that I have not seen mentioned in the previous threads: Even if I find an IEM that is comfortable enough to drift into oblivion with, I find that in order to avoid severely dampening the sound of the downward facing channel, I must either make an elaborate pillow mountain range and place my ear in a valley or try to arrange a pillow such that only the portion of my skull above the ear is bearing the (obviously not very large) weight of my cranium.  Doing this has made me increasingly less popular with my wife and frequently results in a stiff neck, but I often need music to fall asleep.

 

I think I know that dynamic drivers are all either side or rear vented, and I'm guessing that this is why I have the issue: my ear is pressed against the pillow and there isn't enough volume of air (or there is enough of a vacuum) which affects the sound.  Are BAs sealed and immune to this issue?  Any techies out there who want to weigh in?

 

Maybe you side sleepers who have had success with dynamics want to weigh in?

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Have I bombed on my first post?  Sorry if it's bad etiquette to bump back up.

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BA's are sealed so you won't have any problems with venting. I don't think the SE215 is vented either as I used that for sleeping and it was fine. The bigger problem I had with some IEM's for sleeping was that the monitor that was pressed against the pillow would move around slightly in my ear and pinch the hole on the eartip shut and cut off sound but I didn't have that problem with the 215's either. I know only the Westone UM3x did that for me as the shells were fatter than the 215/Meelec M6.

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Never occurred to me that the tips might be squeezing shut, but that could be a(nother) source of the problem. I'm partial to the Shure olives, and they could certainly be closing up.  Thanks for the helpful response.

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