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post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by cn11 View Post

The Fitear To Go 334 should be up there as well. By many accounts it eclipses the K3003. I find it to be pretty much the last word in transparency and resolution I've heard to date. Also being universal, you have innate resale value if you should ever decide to sell for any reason. 

 

Ah, estreeter beat me to it!

 

Hardly - you OWN them, and I'm still dreaming about even being able to audition a pair. I'd say that puts you way out in front. Just surprised that they werent mentioned earlier in this thread.

 

Interesting that the ER4 still has so many admirers - two things tell me they arent an earphone I would spend serious money on.

 

1, With the exception of female vocal/acoustic music, I didnt find my RE0's as 'gee whiz' wonderful as I was led to believe they would be, and many compare them favorably to the ER4

 

2. When I bought the Phillips SHE3590 and started reading Joe Bloggs' lengthy thread some 3 months back, I initially thought someone had to be pulling my leg. I have since been seduced to the point that I'd like to start a petition demanding that every pair of iBuds on the planet be replaced with a pair of these, but it has raised the bar on what I would consider a 'quantum leap' in an earphone. The top universals may well be 50 times 'better', but 130-150 times better ? I certainly wouldn't trade this bass for the RE0 bass and I prefer these cheapies overall sound for metal by a country mile, 

 

Just my two cents worth, and I may be completely off-base with the RE0 / Philips comparisons. 

post #32 of 42
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Originally Posted by Kunlun View Post

I would avoid the K3003. While it's very nice in some ways and I love the tuning, there's a problem in coherence between the dynamic driver and the armatures. The dynamic AKG used lags behind the armatures in detail and speed. It won't be a good match for you. For a beautiful balance of detail/neutrality with a bit more warmth and musicality than analytical iems mentioned, the Heir Audio 6.A is a top-tier custom. I'd look into it.


I agree on the coherency issue. For me though it wasn't a huge issue but something noticeable and at times left me feeling detached from the music. But other than that the sound was really good. Good enough for me to even consider buying a pair at retail value. The fit ears look appetizing though. Heard rumors of getting them for a $1000.00 which sounds much more feasible.

post #33 of 42

@lee370, should that be 'started rumors' ?    wink.gif

 

(happy to help with said rumors if it will do any good, btw)

post #34 of 42

If it would save my pocket $300.00 then hell yeah ;). Sadly I don't have that kinda money right now to drop on another IEM. Would definitely consider them from all the praise they've been getting lately.
 

post #35 of 42
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

 

Hardly - you OWN them, and I'm still dreaming about even being able to audition a pair. I'd say that puts you way out in front. Just surprised that they werent mentioned earlier in this thread.

 

Interesting that the ER4 still has so many admirers - two things tell me they arent an earphone I would spend serious money on.

 

1, With the exception of female vocal/acoustic music, I didnt find my RE0's as 'gee whiz' wonderful as I was led to believe they would be, and many compare them favorably to the ER4

 


RE0s don't even play in the same ball park as the Etys. You have to ignore the hype and read between the lines around here. X is better than Ety ER4 is not credible. You actually have to listen to them to draw a conclusion. And even then, its your opinion. The one thing that's true is they are extremely fast, neutral and as detailed as any IEM out there. The rest is just preference.

post #36 of 42

Point taken. 

post #37 of 42

my new sony mdr7550 are becoming spectacular as they break on, up to about 50 hrs burn in. through fill andes e7

they sound like being in a studio for clapton OLD SOCK and other vocal blues.  even great for electronica, but not

as lively as ATH CKM99S which are my favorite for electronica, simply wild cohesive energy even if less detail.

sony XB3A are excellent for classical, folk, more refined music.  but the mdr 7550 are a contender for best overall!!!

drbluenew mexico

post #38 of 42

If you are at a point A/B ing between two final candidates and are looking for something to swing your choice, look to build quality. A good Pair of earphones should last you many, many years. 

 

I've never heard a bad word about sennheiser in this regard and my 4-5 yr old IE7's are still like new despite being used daily. So yea, if Sennheiser are in your shortlist bump them to the top. The Build is fantastic.

 

 

(I also nominate the momentums as the best portable closed-backed phones)

post #39 of 42

Isn't the best the one YOU like the most?

post #40 of 42
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Originally Posted by Watagump View Post

Isn't the best the one YOU like the most?

 

I like mine the most, therefore, mine is better than yours !!  biggrin.gif

post #41 of 42
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Originally Posted by lwien View Post

 

I like mine the most, therefore, mine is better than yours !!  biggrin.gif


Nope, just ask around. popcorn.gif

post #42 of 42
Depend on what you want to hear, from a certain price point there aren't any bad IEM's, so than it is a matter of taste,but best you can go for neutral sounding ones that allows you to listen to a wide area of styles. For me the two best are Grado GR10 and Sennheiser IE80, but again you have to find out what works for you, i did try 9 sets ...
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