Two days ago I got both FX40 and HJE355, and for my music (rock, metal) HJE355 is so much better.
While FX40 are clean and detailed, they cannot compare to HJE355 in the mids. FX40 have V shape frequency response while HJE355 has nice bass, full mids, and great highs. They are not cleaner or detailed than FX40 but for guitar oriented music they work much better.
It is similar to situation where I prefer 240S to Q701. Q701 are better technically but are just too boring for guitar driven music while 240S rocks.
Maybe not the best example, because technical gap between HJE355 and FX40 are not nearly the same as the gap between 240S and Q701.
Anyhow I would buy FX40 for classic and pop music, for metal and full mids HJE355 are much better
Thanks for this thread. Without it I would just blindly fallow the FX40 hype and miss better IEM(HJE355).
Also so far I liked all of yours suggestions here (JVC S 160, S650, HJE355).
I am trying out both the FX40 and the HJE355 now. Actually, the FX40 are going through intensive burn-in in an attempt to calm down the treble. So I will hold off on making a comparison until that burn in is complete.
Having said that, I have been listening to the HJE355's (without any burn in), and I am really impressed with them. I'm actually enjoying them and not feeling an overwhelming need to rip them out of my ears and and get back to my headphones lol! I have a few other crappy iem's (including a pair of $50 Skullcandy's that I never liked), but the HJE355's can't even be compared because they actually sound good! I have never gotten into iem's (obviously because I only had crappy ones lol), but these cheapo $25 HJE355's make me understand the potential, and I guess the really good, expensive, custom iem's actually DO sound awesome.
Anyway, am I nuts, or are these HJE355's actually pretty good???