I was just given the opportunity to demo multiple high-end armature IEMs with lossless files for a fair amount of time. I was able to listen to the W4, W3, SE535, TF10, and X10. After listening to each one of them, I went back to listen to my own personal favorite dynamic IEM, the FX700. I found myself liking the signature of my dynamic IEMs more than the armature IEMs. Personally, I have always loved the fun, warm sound of a dynamic IEM (especially with the exceptional sound quality of the newer flagship dynamic models). The armature IEMs were very analytical and lacking character in my opinion.
I was under the impression that the armature IEMs were superior to dynamic IEMs based on multiple reasons. Most, if not all, serious IEM manufacturers utilize them for their high-end models, but in my opinion, soundstages, separation, clarity, and timbre were very similarly comparible. The armature IEMs' only "pro" over the dynamic IEMs in my opinion was their superior isolation. Why do most IEM manufacturers choose armature drivers over dynamic drivers? Am I missing something here?
The high-end dynamic IEMs' overall sound quality is equal and comparible to the armature IEMs in my opinion (except for the full customs I'm sure). I understand that this is a subjective statement, but I guess I'm just curious if I am the only person that feels like this and prefers dynamic IEMs over armature IEMs? Does anyone else agree and feel the same?