For several reasons like flexibility (acrylic CIEMs are very rigid, ear canals aren’t) and isolation, I’m definitely an UIEM guy. As I’m looking for a better sounding UIEM than EarSonics’ SM3, I’ve had my eyes on the 334. However, since it is rather expensive I’ve been reluctant to pull the trigger. Besides, it seems that some people always claim that full sized open headphones, like top of the line Sennheisers, Audezes, etc., are always superior in overall SQ, and SQ is really paramount to me.
A few weeks ago, and for reference, I bought the Sennheiser HD 650, and… was blown away! Especially after 100 or so hours of burn in (brain and/or cans) So far the best sounding headphones I’ve heard. I think the mids of my EarSonics EM6 customs are as good, but the overall SQ of the HD 650 is to my surprise, and to me personally, just superior.
I can’t, or rather; I don’t want to wear the HD 650 at work, because it is open (non-isolating) and it leaks a lot (as it is open). And although very comfortable, wearing it for 6-8 hours a day gets a bit warm. Now, if the overall SQ of the 334 would be something near the HD 650, I guess I would pull the trigger, because I do prefer UIEMs.
So, anyone having experience of the Sennheiser HD 650 and the 334? What do you think, will the 334 disappoint me compared to the HD 650, or do you think I will be happy? Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Ask soullinker20, he has both the 334s and the HD650.