Originally Posted by 3stun
Well, thanks !
I'm mostly into female vocals, different types... To name a few of my fav's: Shakira, Loreena McKennitt, Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), Amy Lee (Evanescence). And also this talented girl.
So what do you say, IE800 or BA200 better for me?
I'm also considering other alternatives, like Hifiman RE-400, Phonak PFE... anything under $200.
Please check this thread if you have any advice for me, greatly appreciated!
Well it's sort of as proton007 says; none of these IEMs are perfect. Even the K3003, beautiful as it is, may not be the best sound for every genre. What would technically be the most versatile sound is most probably a completely flat one--it's also one of the less engaging sounds despite being accurate. A non-flat frequency response will essentially boost a few key areas, and depending on the specific music---instruments, singer, speed---will make one IEM better than another for different combinations.
As for full sized headphones being able to cover larger frequencies---that's not true at all. IEMs are equally capable, just that the soundstage department may not be as effective as headphones. The HD650 just happens to be a pretty good all-rounder.
I did see that thread actually... unfortunately I've tried many IEMs but not the RE400 nor the Phonak PFE. I did get to try the RE600 and I can only say a bit no. Still, that was a show demo model so it IS possible that it was slightly damaged.
Based on a few random YouTube video of some of the artists you mentioned, it seems it's still somewhat mixed. Someone like Loreena Mckennitt should benefit from better clarity that the BA200 does not exactly deliver but the IE800 can. Evanescence and the Skyrim cover on the other hand can work pretty well with the BA200. (Mind you, all of them are YouTube quality so who knows how the video's sound quality is like)
I guess another you can try is the KEF M200---if you use M or L tips usually. The IEM nozzle is really large so you won't be able to get a good fit unless your ear canal is sufficiently big. These one I actually REALLY liked but don't fit my ears
In the end though, if simply between the BA200 and the IE800 you should first ask yourself if you're okay with deep insertion IEMs. The stock tips sure go a good 1.5cm in the ear (the dual flange tips; the foam ones don't work as well for the sound). I think I'm leaning to the IE800 but if your Brainwavz B2 is already analytical (I never heard them though) perhaps the sound signature is close to the IE800 already?
And in the end, our ears are all pretty good at adapting to new sound signatures. So whatever you choose, as long as it is not terrible you should be able to enjoy your music plenty