So what is wrong with me? After I fell in love with the 1964-Q custom quad by 1964 EARS I vowed to find ONE good universal for back and forth travel and never look back at the universal IEM world again. My next move - I told myself - was to find the next logical step in the custom IEM world (whether it be the next 1964 EARS product or a couple of products that piqued my interest from Westone and UM). By the way, yes, the Quad is still my favorite IEM.
Well that was almost a year ago, and I surely sold a bunch of my universals (mostly top tiers) as I had planned. Most of the IEMs you see in my signature (more toward the right and those that have disappeared due to lack of space down there) are long gone. Two IEMs that I really like I still have in my possession and I'm trying to sell (although I admit I don't try to push hard for the sell. If they go, cool, if they stay, I still like them). But now, here I am with:
- the JVC FXT90
- the Vsonic GR07
- the Sony EX7550
- the Sony EX600
- the Westone W4
And to add insult to injury, I just repurchased an IEM I never cared that much for>>> The UE TF10....lol (and shaking my head profusely!!!). WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!!!!!!???
Well, I guess I can answer this question for myself partially. I've discovered fairly quickly - after diving head first into this hobby about three years ago - that I dig various sound signatures just as much as I demand superior sound quality and technical proficiency in an in-ear monitor. So, despite there being some sound signatures I absolutely can't stand (the DBA-02 being one of them), just about every IEM I've listed here (I will deal with my repurchase of the TF10 in just a moment) pleases the sonic landscapes between my ears. It's almost like they satisfy the various moods I might be in on any given day. I'm not in any mindset to give up any one of those five because of the pleasure and joy those bring to me (well?? Hmmm?? Actually I wouldn't mind finding a happy home for the EX600).
So, now, this brings me back to my repurchase of the TF10 (and the main reason for this post as I am seeking some support from the community so that I want feel totally nuts...lol). Most of you who have seen my posts over the years know that I've stated some pretty negative things about the TF10. And I meant those the things I've stated about the TF10 (and still mean them, right now anyway). But I admit to caving into peer pressure in getting me to want to try the TF10 again. Well, perhaps peer pressure isn't the right term as no one has ever really tried to pressure me in changing my mind about the TF10 - like they have tried to do with the DBA-02, but that's not happening...lol.
It was simply that the TF10 kept so many fans (kind of like the the W4 has despite a few naysayers). Then I had to think to myself: "Was there anything you liked about the TF10?" And yes there was. I liked the bass and the treble quite a bit. My disdain for it was mainly the recessed mids. But I also found that the mids stepped up some with amplification, but by the time I got my first portable amp of any kind I had already committed to selling my TF10 to a buyer who rushed me the money for the price it went for. It wasn't hard to say bye bye, but I always had it in the back of my mind that perhaps I could have liked these IEMs more.
So the other part of this: I freely admit that the one-day $95 deal for the TF10 that comes around once a year reeled me in. I figured it's worth $100 to try these $400 IEMs again. The worst that could happen is that I still don't like them much and they will be fairly easy to sell (or give away to a friend if I'm feeling very charitable). So hear I am scratching my head regarding how did I get suck back into the vortex that is known as "UNIVERSAL IEMs"?????
Is it just me? Am I alone with this obsession? Is there any hope for the weary? I already know I'm going to buy that Vsonic BA/dynamic hybrid when it comes out. I may venture into their BA dual-driver (although I think I can avoid it). If the FX700's mids are ever improved I'm in trouble (although I'm very content with the FXT90 right now).
Yes, this post is kind of like a venting post while I try to make heads or tails out of the madness in this expensive hobby. I'm so glad I'm not addicted to drugs if sound can be this alluring. Feel free - if anyone cares - to vent with me... Or laugh at me. I might deserve a little bit of that too. Hell, how about a few tears shed for the sound-weary? Happy listening!!
Edited by ericp10 - 2/9/12 at 2:14pm