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post #2341 of 3740

If you are planning to just use them in a perfectly quiet and nicely setup desktop system, you are looking at one of the least cost effective headphones you can buy.

 

My customs does not get more use than my desktop system, but when I use them they are going to be music, pure eye shut listening. My home system got more overall use (VOIP, gaming, videos), but far less pure listening time maybe not even half of the pure music listening time compared to my customs.

 

The additional isolation allows me to listen on the most unthinkable environments for serious listening, I can listen in noisy London Tube, buses and enjoy as much as I am listening on a quiet library or a quiet train.

 

Sure, you might be able to find universals that can block out just as much (ER4 with Tri-Flange?), but finding one that sounds as good and this comfortable is just impossible. Universals are just not as comfortable and refined as CIEMs. If you don't need the isolation and the long lasting comfort, consider something else. You might save a fair amount.

post #2342 of 3740
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Originally Posted by EveTan View Post

Just so you know, you won't be able to customize much with the FitEars either. There's a total of 4 shell and body colors you can choose from (Black, Blue, Red, Clear) and you can choose your canals to be either clear, blue, or red. You won't be able to add any custom art or anything to FitEar CIEMs.

Silicone CIEMs are not less durable. In fact, because of their pliable nature, they're prob the best if you plan on dropping your CIEMs on the floor (of course, this is all hypothetical). However, silicone CIEMs may take some time to get in and out of your ear.


If I were you, I'd ask yourself, "In what setting do I listen to music the most?" From there, you should be able to decide whether to go IEMs or full sized. 
Personally, since I know I'll be heading to university next year, I'd prefer something that's easier to carry around. Also, I find that the isolation IEMs provide allow me to concentrate on music more, since it is directly beaming sound into your canals while blocking out external noises at the same time. Yes, it is less "natural" but it also allows me to pinpoint details in my music more easily. Of course, I am envious of those with full sized setups and actually have the time to listen to them. The general air and feel of full sized headphones cannot be replicated. By that same logic, headphones will never be able to replicate the air felt from speakers. It's a matter of physical size that separates these classes. But I believe I've made the best compromise for myself. I listen to a majority of my music either : on the road, in bed, in a noisy environment, on a computer. Hence, I plan on investing all my energy into one setup that will allow me to appreciate my music over the majority of my time. Hence, this summer, I'll be visiting Jaben HK to get my FitEars done.

Well said, Eve!
post #2343 of 3740
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Originally Posted by Ra97oR View Post

If you are planning to just use them in a perfectly quiet and nicely setup desktop system, you are looking at one of the least cost effective headphones you can buy.

My customs does not get more use than my desktop system, but when I use them they are going to be music, pure eye shut listening. My home system got more overall use (VOIP, gaming, videos), but far less pure listening time maybe not even half of the pure music listening time compared to my customs.

The additional isolation allows me to listen on the most unthinkable environments for serious listening, I can listen in noisy London Tube, buses and enjoy as much as I am listening on a quiet library or a quiet train.

Sure, you might be able to find universals that can block out just as much (ER4 with Tri-Flange?), but finding one that sounds as good and this comfortable is just impossible. Universals are just not as comfortable and refined as CIEMs. If you don't need the isolation and the long lasting comfort, consider something else. You might save a fair amount.

Agreed. Good advice! At the end of the day, what works for you depends in so many factors which you need to first work out yourself. Once you work through those, things will be become clearer. smily_headphones1.gif
post #2344 of 3740

If you want CIEM for sure, FitEar are magical. :P

post #2345 of 3740
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Originally Posted by Ra97oR View Post

If you want CIEM for sure, FitEar are magical. :P
+1
post #2346 of 3740
I plan to use them for all my listening needs, which includes:

-Gaming
-Pure music listening
-Films
-Podcasts
-Videos (YouTube)

Settings I will be using them in:

-Commuting (bus, tube, rail, car, walking)
-Home
-Bed
-Blocking out sound of annoying loud mouthed people

Portability is a must for me. I don't want to amp these and will be running them directly from my smartphone the majority of the time. I don't like the fact that with amps, and especially tube amps, you only get sound in one location and cannot freely move about. You are restricted and confined to a room. Yes, it is possible to setup in another but for this you have to stop the music that's playing, then stay in another room. It is not possible to take it wherever you go.

My mentality is that it is not worth it to bade to pay for an expensive pair of headphones plus an additional amp which decreases manoeuvrability when you can get a CIEM for well under half price that can sound just as good or better. And you can go explore as you please. An added bonus is that they are easy to drive from any source, gave great isolation, comfortability, and I actually like the look of CIEMs but cannot say the same about most headphones.

It's a no brainer for me.
post #2347 of 3740
CIEM for sure!
post #2348 of 3740
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Originally Posted by Kiats View Post

CIEM for sure!
A good CIEM won't be half the price of a good amp and full-sized headphones. It can be the other way around!
post #2349 of 3740
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Originally Posted by georgelai57 View Post

A good CIEM won't be half the price of a good amp and full-sized headphones. It can be the other way around!

If we are thinking of the LCD 3, that would be about on par with the top Fitear ciems. Saves on the cost of the amp. smily_headphones1.gif
post #2350 of 3740
My thoughts exactly
post #2351 of 3740

What audio equipment have you got currently? If you are stepping up from an Earpod and HD205, I wouldn't exactly recommend you go this far in one step at all. Also depends on your current music files too, these are very revealing headphones, high quailty source file is a must, good quailty source DAC/amp goes a long way.

post #2352 of 3740
Currently I use HD205, lost my EarPods recently. Why wouldn't you recommend such a big leap? I use spotify and rdio. Not sure about rdio but spotify is 192kbps if I recall correctly. I was going to go for a lower price range, but then just said I'll just get the best.
post #2353 of 3740
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Originally Posted by Lukalop View Post

Currently I use HD205, lost my EarPods recently. Why wouldn't you recommend such a big leap? I use spotify and rdio. Not sure about rdio but spotify is 192kbps if I recall correctly. I was going to go for a lower price range, but then just said I'll just get the best.
It is better to go up progressively to truly appreciate the best and also know what sound sig you want.
post #2354 of 3740
I see, thanks for the advice.
Never thought of it in that way.
post #2355 of 3740
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Originally Posted by Lukalop View Post

I see, thanks for the advice.
Never thought of it in that way.
Try a good universal first...like many people seem to like FA4.
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