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What are some of the more affordable custom IEMs on the market?

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I've seen them priced between $1,000 and $2,000 and now I see JHAudio's lineup and they go from $400 to $1,200:

 

http://www.jhaudio.com/collection/jha-pro-music-products

 

Is the difference between the JH5s (on the URL above) and all the more expensive models really that noticeable? I apparently have sensitive hearing (after having my hearing tested and ear molds done), so I *might* pick up on the nuances between the models, maybe, possibly, but without having the more expensive model to make a correlation and comparison with, I am guessing I will be blown away by the lowest priced model compared to all the other earbuds/headphones I've used over the years.

 

Also, does anybody else make quality IEMs in the sub-$500 range? If so, who/where?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 8

Clear Tune Monitors and Alclair are rated highly by Joker. 1964Ears is pretty well received as well.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-245-iems-compared-phonak-pfe-232-added-07-05-12

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gotcha.

 

thanks.

 

which ones should I be looking for ability to monitor my DJ mixes/performances as well... (so not just for ipod listening)?

 

what should I be looking for in terms of specs?

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Hmm don't most DJ's prefer actual headphones for performances?

The UM Merlin is a fantastic all-rounder, with heavenly bass coming from its dynamic driver. If that's out of your price range (and you don't want the month-long wait), the Alclair should have the best bass of the ones I listed above. All of them should be resolving enough for DJ'ing, but keep in mind they are reference customs, which may not be perfect for DJ'ing.

post #5 of 8

has anyone owned q-jays and jh5 pros? Desperately seeking a comparison. thanks

post #6 of 8

Heir Audio 4.A is going for $450 excluding shipping right now.

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You may or may not have seen this list from average joe's massive custom iem thread.

A comprehensive list of manufacturers with links, prices, options, warranty, and other information
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