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post #15586 of 32868
neutral/slightly bright leaning. I think it would match the ad900 in the mids/treble region but with better bass. It's not bassy all the time, just when the song calls for it. My only complaints w/ the 880s is I wish the bass had more impact/slam and better imaging. Soundstage is huge but it's a little hard to pinpoint where instruments. T90 fixed all that. smily_headphones1.gif
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So there have been a lot of good to great IEMs that came out this year thus far. So I'm thinking if there are any definitive conclusions I can make right now? Yes there are:

 

For earphones $200 or less, I haven't heard anything better than the KEF M200 (regardless of fit issues for some). It's just one of the most clear and best refined earphones I have heard in a long time. Actually, I can't think of anything under $300 - this year - that beats it base on what I own and have heard. 

 

Over $300 (really more into the $400 range), I haven't heard anything better than the ASG-2 and Cardas EM5813. I think those two are outstanding sound for the money. It will be interesting to hear how the Sony XBA-H3 will compete in that price range.

 

Under $100, the RE-400 is the clear winner to my ears.

 

All of this is just base on sound quality to my ears this year. I wan't including customs, but the I do have to say that 1964 EARS V6 and Aurisonics AS-2 are mindblowing! Just some brief thoughts.

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hey ericp10, whats stopping you from getting the h1's? the h3's?

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The KEF was on sale, about $170, @ work now so don't have the link, but it was in the Deals thread (maybe iem deals, but I believe it was the regular one)... Tempting.....

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I don't think the H3 is out yet

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Originally Posted by ericp10 View Post
 

So there have been a lot of good to great IEMs that came out this year thus far. So I'm thinking if there are any definitive conclusions I can make right now? Yes there are:

 

For earphones $200 or less, I haven't heard anything better than the KEF M200 (regardless of fit issues for some). It's just one of the most clear and best refined earphones I have heard in a long time. Actually, I can't think of anything under $300 - this year - that beats it base on what I own and have heard. 

 

Over $300 (really more into the $400 range), I haven't heard anything better than the ASG-2 and Cardas EM5813. I think those two are outstanding sound for the money. It will be interesting to hear how the Sony XBA-H3 will compete in that price range.

 

Under $100, the RE-400 is the clear winner to my ears.

 

All of this is just base on sound quality to my ears this year. I wan't including customs, but the I do have to say that 1964 EARS V6 and Aurisonics AS-2 are mindblowing! Just some brief thoughts.

In what order would you rank the ATH CKS1000, Fidelio S2 & MA750 in this price range? 

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Originally Posted by koreanzombie View Post
 

hey ericp10, whats stopping you from getting the h1's? the h3's?

I've been tempted, but I just feel like it will be a side-grade - at best - to what I have already. I'm thinking about how Sony like to give out it's best sound in increments. The EX600, for example, was a very good sounding earphone, but just didn't come anywhere near the EX1000 in refinement to my ears (both suffered from those those terrible harsh highs though). The 7550 was in between, but still didn't touch the brilliance of the EX1000. From what I've read of the H1, I just don't think it will be better than the M200, So I don't want to side-grade of the S2 or DN-1000 (I don't think it will be better than the DN-1000 either). 

I do have a feeling, however, that the H3 will be something special. So yes, I'm holding out for the H3.

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I don't think the H3 is out yet

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The H3 is suppose to drop next Friday (at least in Asian markets anyway). 

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In what order would you rank the ATH CKS1000, Fidelio S2 & MA750 in this price range? 

 

 

Tough one. Hmm? And it also depends on sourcing. So let me rank them first with the DX50 (I haven't listened to them enough with the X3):

 

MA750

CKS1000

S2

 

Now, ranked with say an iPod:

 

CKS1000

S2 (really not too far behind the CKS1000 this way)

MA750

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ actually they're virtually tied when listening to them that way, except the CKS1000 leads in its very unique soundstage. 

The three are really more even in sound enjoyment and technical capability to my ears. It really all comes down to preferred sound signature with those three. Now, if you ask which one I would choose if I could only have one. Hmmmm again? I would choose the MA750 (again, not necessarily because it sounds better than the other two; I just dig it's signature the most out of the three).

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I do have a feeling, however, that the H3 will be something special. So yes, I'm holding out for the H3.

Ditto..

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Originally Posted by ericp10 View Post
 

 

 

Tough one. Hmm? And it also depends on sourcing. So let me rank them first with the DX50 (I haven't listened to them enough with the X3):

 

MA750

CKS1000

S2

 

Now, ranked with say an iPod:

 

CKS1000

S2 (really not too far behind the CKS1000 this way)

MA750

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ actually they're virtually tied when listening to them that way, except the CKS1000 leads in its very unique soundstage. 

The three are really more even in sound enjoyment and technical capability to my ears. It really all comes down to preferred sound signature with those three. Now, if you ask which one I would choose if I could only have one. Hmmmm again? I would choose the MA750 (again, not necessarily because it sounds better than the other two; I just dig it's signature the most out of the three).


Great reply, thanks! :smile:

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The three are really more even in sound enjoyment and technical capability to my ears. It really all comes down to preferred sound signature with those three. Now, if you ask which one I would choose if I could only have one. Hmmmm again? I would choose the MA750 (again, not necessarily because it sounds better than the other two; I just dig it's signature the most out of the three).

 

Interesting stuff ericp10! So many excellent options these days - and they keep on coming :)

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Great reply, thanks! :smile:

Thank you Gee Simpson. :beerchug:

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Interesting stuff ericp10! So many excellent options these days - and they keep on coming :)

 

 

Yes buddy, so many choices and so little money (in our wallets).... lol

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Under $100, the RE-400 is the clear winner to my ears.

Interesting.  I like the Monster Gratitude and Zero Audio Basso and Tenore more than the RE-400.  I found the RE-400 too bass-light and sterile.

 

I know these are over $100, but do you like the Fidelio S2 and RHA MA750 better than the RE-400?

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