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post #1426 of 1434
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

The Westone series will be a little darker with less treble extension. The UM2 (old model name) would be closest. The UM3x and newer model will be considerable bassier and more stage monitor oriented.

Other choices to consider are the Hifiman RE400 but build quality is most likely a step back. Another to consider is the EarWerkz Supra universal. It will be a little bit brighter but still pretty linear. On the cheap, check out the Zero Audio Tenore. Somewhat similar in approach but with more sub bass.

+1 on Tenore.  You can see my sig for IEMs I liked more than the BA200

post #1427 of 1434
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Originally Posted by LaDolceVita View Post

So instead of creating a new thread, I'm going to post my question here. I like the TDK BA-200's sound signature, I even stayed away from Head Fi since I got them because I didn't have the need to updgrade. However, the left ear does not work anymore, they're discontinued and I've read about other people having issues with the build quality as well so I need something else. I've read that the Westone UM series are very similar to these, does anyone have experience upgrading from these to the UM series, or any other model? I'm just looking for some guidance from people that have moved on from the 200's to something similar or better.


I think the InEar StageDiver 2 is a good upgrade to the BA200

post #1428 of 1434
Thanks for your replies and suggestions. I looked for more information on the Tenore and the reviews are great and good price too. Seeing that there is a significant price difference between the Tenore and the 200's, are they really comparable? I'm not implying that cost is the only factor when judging the quality, but the 200's are 3x the price of the Tenore. Just a question.
post #1429 of 1434
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Originally Posted by LaDolceVita View Post

Thanks for your replies and suggestions. I looked for more information on the Tenore and the reviews are great and good price too. Seeing that there is a significant price difference between the Tenore and the 200's, are they really comparable? I'm not implying that cost is the only factor when judging the quality, but the 200's are 3x the price of the Tenore. Just a question.

I like the Tenore more because there is slightly more bass impact and they sound more realistic.  There was something about the mids of the BA200 that made it sound slightly unnatural.

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The Tenore punches well above its price imo. I actually paid more for the Tenore than my Marshall's gold mine mark down find of the BA200.
post #1431 of 1434
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Originally Posted by LaDolceVita View Post

So instead of creating a new thread, I'm going to post my question here. I like the TDK BA-200's sound signature, I even stayed away from Head Fi since I got them because I didn't have the need to updgrade. However, the left ear does not work anymore, they're discontinued and I've read about other people having issues with the build quality as well so I need something else. I've read that the Westone UM series are very similar to these, does anyone have experience upgrading from these to the UM series, or any other model? I'm just looking for some guidance from people that have moved on from the 200's to something similar or better.

I've been in a similar boat recently with my TDKs. My left ear went out last year and i thought they were goners until i tried them plugged directly from the short plug (extension removed) into my audio source, and they worked perfectly. Once I ordered a new extension they worked great again. You've likely already tried this but just a heads up if not. 

 

I'll second a recommendation for the RE-400s, although the range isn't quite as full as the TDKs (more mid-focused). 

 

The RHA MA-750 has a similar signature to the TDKs with more bass emphasis and infinitely better build quality (and a 3 year warranty to boot). In a direct comparison the TDKs are more refined and have a smoother sound while also revealing a bit more detail than the RHAs. However the RHAs are very impressive overall, particularly for the price, and the extra bass hits hard with the right music without clouding the midrange. 

post #1432 of 1434
The MA750 looks to be very bassy from these measurements: http://rinchoi.blogspot.com/2013/10/rha-ma750-part2-general-analysis.html?m=1
To be fair, I haven't heard it but have heard the T10i, which bassier than the MA750 by most accounts. But it's build quality is superb. RHA build is among the best I've seen at any price point.

For reference sake, here are the BA200 measurements from the same set up:
http://rinchoi.blogspot.com/2013/04/tdk-ba200.html?m=1
Edited by shotgunshane - 2/18/15 at 5:09pm
post #1433 of 1434
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

The MA750 looks to be very bassy from these measurements: http://rinchoi.blogspot.com/2013/10/rha-ma750-part2-general-analysis.html?m=1
To be fair, I haven't heard it but have heard the T10i, which bassier than the MA750 by most accounts. But it's build quality is superb. RHA build is among the best I've seen at any price point.

For reference sake, here are the BA200 measurements from the same set up:
http://rinchoi.blogspot.com/2013/04/tdk-ba200.html?m=1

Totally agree about the build quality, my MA750s are one of the best built products I own period, and they put most IEMs to shame in that respect. 

 

From what I've read the T10i is considerably bassier than the MA750 and mostly have read so-so reviews of the overall sound (on the T10i). The MA750 is definitely bassier than the BA200, but to my ears the bass rarely bleeds into the mids so the overall sound is pretty clean. I can't stand muddy bass that clouds the rest of the sound but i don't mind some extra punch as long as it stays where it belongs. The MA750s are able to straddle that line of extra bass without devolving into flabbiness. 

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So I went ahead and ordered the Tenore. They seem like a good fit for my needs. Again, thanks to everyone for the suggestions :-)

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