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Helping a friend pick best IEMs money can buy...Suggestions? Worth it?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

My friend told me today that he wants to buy the best set of IEMs money can buy. He is using AKG K701s right now, but will be needing some small, noise isolating IEMs for his new office environment.

He said he is willing to pay for the JH Audio JH13 Pro because he thinks he will never need anything else after he gets them.

I think he is somewhat overly intrigued with audio and is not being practical. He currently only listens to 192kbps Pandora and I already told him that the sound quality will be limited to his file quality and his source/amp setup. He agreed to search for more expert advice first. Now I am neither an expert nor an audiophile. But I am also curious what the best IEMS are that make economical sense and can "last a lifetime" and retain their value.

 

He also insists on custom molds for whatever he gets. Is this done by third party services and is this ever recommended?  He was considering the Shure SE530PTH for custom molding.


All suggestions appreciated. Thanks!

post #2 of 7

I'm guessing he's satisfied with the K701's sound. If yes, he'll love the UERM/ Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor.

 

post #3 of 7

Theres plenty of companies that offers re-molding services. Such as Unique melody, 1964 ears etc. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/541494/multi-custom-iem-review-resource-mfg-list-discussion-thread-info-on-page-1

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/568229/multi-custom-flagship-iem-review-23-8-11-uerm-added

 

Heres some reviews of customs.

post #4 of 7
The JH13Pro are very highend custom IEMs(highely recommended) and UE10Pro(custom) are also recommended for low bitrate MP3s files.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

wow that's quite the comprehensive list!

 

I honestly don't think 1000$ makes economical sense for anyone other than an audiophile with extremely acute hearing (my friend and I are ordinary people).  Personally I would be more concerned about build quality because anything above 500$ should sound "good enough" (right?).  I'm really not educated in the way of audio.  I've tried to pick up on it but forums like these are simply incomprehensible to me.  Where can a layperson like myself start?

post #6 of 7

High-end custom IEM's and low bitrate music is a recipe for disaster... blink.gif

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

I was thinking the same

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Originally Posted by Tronz View Post

High-end custom IEM's and low bitrate music is a recipe for disaster... blink.gif



 

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