Hi, I’ve been a member of this forum for ages but I’ve never posted anything! I think now it’s the right time for a comparison thread.
I would like to buy my first “audiophile” IEM and after a lot of search and reading I think that I tracked down my 5(+4) models. I have read almost all the reviews available in Head Fi and a special thank to ljokerl and ClieOS for all the detailed reviews.
My budget is limited so strictly under $100 range, also being in Europe and in a hurry I would prefer a model that is immediate available and shipped in short time.
Fischer Audio Eterna v.1 vs Fischer Audio Consonance
MEElectronics CC51 vs MEElectronics A151
Sunrise Xcape IE vs Sunrise Xcited
HiFiMan RE0 vs HiFiMan Re-ZERO
I feel closer to the 5 bolded models judging by the reviews and general discussion, but I wouldn’t mind into going to the “second” option if these are more suitable for me. Of course any third option is more than welcome since I am not an expert by all means.
The “DAP”: Samsung Wave Smartphone
The Format: mainly 320kbps CBR MP3s and sometimes FLAC too.
The Music: All formats of Rock (Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, U2), Grunge, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Garage. Live and Studio versions. I also enjoy Blues, Country, Soul, and Folk. So I want to hear clearly the guitars.
The Place: 90% outdoors use, walking, buses, travel with train, plane.
What do I need?
Accessories: I don’t really care about the cases or the packaging. The only thing that matters is the variety and quality of the tips. I would prefer a full set but even a Spartan version would not bother me.
Build Quality: I really like the idea of non-plastic housing and better-reliable cords.
Isolation: Since I am using this for outdoors I would prefer a 4/5 Isolation. I am a bit scared of using 5/5 outdoors.
Microphonics: I prefer the Straight Down wear so I know it’s a bit difficult to find low mic.
Sound Quality: Unfortunately I don’t have any hi-fi IEM experience so far and I don’t have any comparison to make. Till now I’ve been using the cheap Creative EP 630 so any of the suggested IEMs will be a major upgrade. I think that I am not into the analytical sound since my music is kinda louder and aggressive. I don’t know if I’m a basshead, but I would really appreciate firm good bass that is clear and doesn’t muffle the whole music experience. I also would like to have Great and Wide Soundstage since I listen to bootlegs and official live concerts so the in-concert experience is a huge plus for me. From the reviews that I have already read I think that if I had the budget I would go for VSONIC GR07 since as it is described I think this is exactly what I need. I would also like the UE TF10 but who doesn’t?
I hope that I gave an almost clear idea of my needs. I can only add that now I would go for the FA Eterna but I wouldn't like to loose something more advanced over a model that has been in the market for a couple of years.
Edited by vsls - 1/30/12 at 10:03pm