Originally posted by kevroc
Well definitely and A+ for a mastery of written English then if it's not your native language. I never would've guessed it and I can usually spot it a mile away.
Thanks, that FCE exam and now the CAE practice is at least good for something :) Though my native language doesn't differ that much from English...
From what I've read here (and some more background reading on the TF10) I can say it isn't going to be the TF10, SE 425, IE8(0) or the W4.
The TF10 has the sound signature I'm looking for, but also has:
- Fit issues
- Isolation issues (afraid of those two reasons because there's no place nearby where I can try them out)
- Bad cable from what I've seen? (so an aftermarket cable will drive the price up)
- A certain derp-factor, though I like the translucent blue.
- Isn't that cheap in Europe, actually quite similarly priced to the IE8(0) (about €200) (Sennheiser is quite cheap here), and more expensive with an aftermarket cable.
The IE8(0) has problems too:
- Again some fit and isolation issues
- Has the bass I want, but not the treble.
The SE 425 is focussed on mids and vocals, so there's no point for me buing them. (Again, similar priced here in europe to the IE8 and TF10)
The W4 is very good, but mid-focussed and a little boring. Also the most expensive of these ones.
This leaves me with the W3, UM3X and the SE 535:
The W3 doesn't have really big drawbacks, though the nozzle is quite short, is that a problem? And the mid-bass hump, is that fatiguing and annoying when listening electronic? The UM3X is similar, but has a slightly longer nozzle it seemd from one picture I saw, is that correct? The UM3X offers more separation but but has a more flat V-signature. But that is less fatiguing for long listening sessions.
Westones EPIC cable is truly epic though :)
The SE 535 has a longer cable which I'm not looking for, and their shape is said to be a little less comfy than the Westones. This is according to most of you the most neutral one, but I do prefer a sound signature to an equalizer, since a signature usually is more perfect than a equalisation (is that a newly invented word? :D)
So far, it's probably going to be either the UM3X or the W3 (I will have to pay in dollars, so that's cheap for me), the SE 535 being quite expensive too (€370)
Is there any extensive comparison between these which I can rely on? their price differs about $30, so that isn't to much of a problem. And will these benefit from an FiiO E11 or a Headstage Arrow HE12 or is that a waste of money?
There is another option though, coming in the form of the Sennheiser HD 25-II Adidas Originals. These are said to have a V-shaped signature too, and are quite a bit cheaper than the Westones, and I like the way they look. Are these superior or inferior to the W3 or UM3X in sound? They will have other drawbacks, such as a worse isolation and resultion (at least, I think they will) and less portability. An amp wouldn't be a luxury, since they have a 70 ohm impedance.
I really appreciate the advice, I hope you are willing to answer this new load of questions.
Edited by BamBoomBots - 5/18/12 at 11:04am