So I recently purchased the Westone 4's and have been listening to them (un-amped) for almost 2 weeks. I am coming from a pair of relatively bass heavy IEMs (xears XE200PROs) and am enjoying every part of the increased clarity that I get from. I'm still getting used to the lesser quantity of bass, although its very detailed. I find myself turning the volume much louder, although It does not seem too loud in any part of the sound, im guessing this is a power issue and also a result of the neutral sound. I miss some of the boom and bass I once heard (its getting better) but i'm trying to adapt seeing as how every other part of the westone's are sounding great to my ears. However when I bought them I was still on the fence (and still am) of a few other IEMs/headphones. Don't get me wrong I love the westone 4's, the bass is slowly growing on me but I am just wondering If i'd be happier with another set..
I got my initial research out of joker's dedicated IEM thread and was also eyeing the IE80/Sony EX1000's (and the MTPG for that matter) because I was under the impression that dynamics push out more bass then a BA product while still providing a good overall sound. Although sound is more important than price to me, I can get roughly 40-50% off of the retail price for all of the previously mentionend IEMs through work, unlike the westone 4's, but I would sacrifice money for the best sound. I can still get a full refund from amazon for the Westone 4's, so I am torn. Are the EX1000's inbetween the bass of the IE80 and W4? Perhaps lower then all of them? Does it seem like I would be happier with another pair? I listen to a wide variety of music, prog rock/metal, post-rock, some hip-hop and electronica (mainly house) all the way to the occasional classical type/laid back jazz piece (Chet Baker/Miles Davis). I try to aquire FLAC's of all my music, or at the very least 320 MP3s.
Also.. to throw another thing into the mix I recently heard a pair of 50 dollar panasonic headphones and was immediatly suprised by the warmth and bass/sound of them as compared to IEMs (they are all i've listened too). Considering I can get the same 40-50% off of a pair of HD650's it made this thought process even harder. I know its hard to compare IEMs and full cans but I can't help but think if all along a full headphone sound is what im looking for. The convenience of IEMs attracts me, as well as the option to be nearly anywhere and listen without having to worry about the source as much and if I can use an amp, which I know I would have to do with the 650s. Should I consider these cans for my purposes?
Thanks for reading this hunk o' text, any insight you can give would be great!
Edited by Hexd3 - 1/22/12 at 3:42am