Firstly let me apologize if a thread like this already exists.
I am currently using the Earsonics sm3 v2, and am sending them back to either replace, or change them to either westone 4r or sennheiser ie80
Can anyone with knowledge of all 3 explain to me the differences and mainly, why each monitor is different? which one is better?
I listen to a Cowon j3/z2, to 320 and FLAC quality music that ranges from Dubstep to melodic metal to some forms of high production value rap.
I am a big fan of clarity, yet i specifically enjoy a high quality and powerful deep bass (i own Ultrasone 800 for full sized cans)
The earsonics, for the past 8 months or so have provided me with an amazing spectrum of valuable and loving sound quality, yet i am craving to potentially try out something that could be better.
So far i am hearing that the westone 4R would be best for my type of listening, yet id like, if possible someone to help me out with this decision.
for the SM3's i use triple flanges as recommended by averagejoe on this website.
I am a HUGE fan of perfectly balanced soundstage
On the charts , the SM3's were number 2 for a long time but they were bumped down to number 8
I am seeing that Westone 4 is ranked in the 30s. Are the charts accurate?
From the audiophile who reviewed like 250 different IEMs, i am seeing that the westones have a higher value and quality than the SM3's
Also, how long have the Westone 4's been around? Are they new?
Is the quad driver with 3 way crossover better than the triple drivers the SM3's have?
I am sorry, i am not an audiophile of any sorts but highest quality music is my number one priority as i am always seeking something better.
If i could, i would buy unique melody, as they are considered to be top tier.
Also, whichever IEM i decide to get, do i need to use my Fiio e11 amplifier? or is the 110+ sensitivity enough power to have a proper output? i've learned that the Ultrasone 800's definitely need an amplifier because of their 94 (?) dB output being too low for the Cowon to properly output the sound.
If my questions are confusing or dont make any sense please help me with that if you can, i am trying my best to understand the aspect of sound quality, and this whole criteria in general..
My email is email@example.com if someone is interested enough, and would be willing to help me out with this in detail. I will HIGHLY appreciate it!