Hi folks. Let me freely admit that I come to this question with more than a casual interest. My firm designs and installs custom listening and viewing environments in homes. Joining this site has led to a brainstorm with my partner about how to help our clients understand what sort of sound they are looking for. We're thinking of stocking up on some IEMs to loan out to clients that they can use with their ipods with their favorite music to help them talk with us about what kinds of qualities of sound they want. What we do now is have them spend a couple of hours listening to different speakers in our studio, but sometimes this just isn't enough, we feel. Of course IEMs just aren't going to do certain things that full sized speakers in a dedicated listening room can, but we think that inviting our clients to spend more time listening will help ensure that they are really satisfied when their project is complete.
So, following ClieOs categories for sound signatures, which IEMs would you say define the class for
b) balanced (or bass and treble)
e) warm and sweet?
This is not the same as asking which are the top of the class, by the way. So, what are your thoughts?
Many thanks in advance for your thoughts!