Hi,I've seen various threads here debating the merits of various IEM's. Including the ones I'm asking about. What I'd like to ask,is some specific advice. And answers to some specific questions.
First off,I'm interested in the Westone 2, Westone UM2 & UM2 RC,Finally,The Shure SE425. I will get one of those three. Your advice is appreciated. I currently have Klispch Image S4, Shure SE215, and the SE315. From what I'm interested in,you can see that I want a Dual-Driver IEM.
I currently use my 315's for daily use. The 215 for biking & workouts. My S4's are my Back-Ups now. I use my S4's with Shure Tips. Which was a GREAT improvement over the flimsy tips that came with them. My 215's were my first IEM's. But I wanted a warmer sound on the bottom end. So I bumped up to the 315's. I like the warmer tone. So that's what I'm looking for in my next pair.
Looking at the various threads on my IEM's of choice,I do see a lot of consistent views concerning their sound. I would like to ask,which would be best for me. Given my questions. A lot of people like the W2's over the UM2's for their clarity, openness and balance. Others like the UM2's for their warmer bottom end. Others like the 425's for their flat response. A worthy trait for sure.
1) Between the W2's & SE425's, which has the "Warmer" Bottom End? Given their Flat response?
2) With the UM2's warmer bottom end,does it "Muddy" it. Or,does it just give the bottom end more punch?
3) Do the UM2's have a noticeable Soundstage?
4) Between the W2's & 425's, which one's Highs won't overpower the Mids?
5) Between the W2's & 425's, which one has the better Soundstage?
6) Is it better to get the UM2 (if chosen), or, the RC model? And will it stay connected (RC's), like the Shures. And is the connection snug like the Shures. Without shorting out, disconnections, etc?
7) A good portable amp for less that $150. A few suggestions would be nice.
Those are my questions. My Music is on a iTouch 3rd gen with iOS 5.1? The latest anyways. And on my iPhone 4S. Encoded with Apple Lossless on both. I listen to Pop,Rock,Hard Rock, and Jazz. Miles,Coltrane,etc. But,mainly Rock and Hard Rock.
I do want Good Sound. I'd like my Cymbals to sound like Crashes instead of Tinks. The Bass Guitar and Bass Drum to be 2 separate and distinct sounds. Vocals are clear. The Snare Drum to have a Snap/Crack to it. And the Bass Drum to have a solid "Thump" and not a Generic "Whoop" sound. Piano/Keyboards sound Natural. Horns to not sound Strident.
My budget for IEM's is $300. Hence no SE535's, W3's,etc.
Thanks for helping this Head-Fi Nube out.
Edited by Thrill Killer - 4/11/12 at 6:50am