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post #16 of 19

the S4s have a weird bump on the very top part of the treble spectrum, but the rest of the treble is pretty rolled off so it just ends up sounding weird 

post #17 of 19

True...here is a graph from headphone.com:

 

http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=1953

 

For me, I have a hard time hearing upwards of 10k anyways.  There are two spikes, the first spike (around 6k) is also the freq range that causes inner ear resonance for me (and maybe for headphone.com's artificial head?), so in my EQ I tuned the 6-8k range to -4 dB.  That took care of any harshness from that spike.  The second spike somewhere north of 10k is undetected by my ears.

 

Here is how my Graphic EQ is set...still a work in progress, but it puts the S4s inline to being more or less neutral in the mids and highs and only slightly base heavy:

 

graphic_EQ.jpg

post #18 of 19

I agree that parts of the S4's treble are emphasized, but when I think of bright IEMs, I think of something with more of an Ety sound signature. For me, the S4's were very warm with the bass being more troublesome than the treble.

 

IMO, they sound great on some songs, but empty and lifeless on others.

post #19 of 19

I tried out the S4, the Re-Zero and the Panasonic RP-HJE900E at the same time and felt the S4 were atrocious and little better than stock earbuds. Next to the other 2 they sound like theyre being held underwater with the muddy recessed treble, but, then again some on this tread think theyre too bright! There were many high frequency sounds that simply arent in the music at all from the S4's and i ordered them directly from Klipsch on amazon so im assuming they were real. The only thing you can take from all this is that you cant take anything really, you just have to try them and see for yourself as unhelpful as that may sound. They do have a powerful bass however and made a good fit into my tiny ears but eq'ing couldnt fix that muddiness for me. You might look into the MEElectronics Clarity Series CC-51 at around the same price, i hear good things about them but havent heard them. I kept the pannys by the way.

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