I've spent a long time doing research on the perfect in-ear monitors for me, and it took a while to narrow down my list of ~20 options to these, and I will consider the Westone W4 or the Phonak Audeo PFE232 if I can get a good enough deal on them. For now, I will just consider the UE900s and the Sennheiser IE80.
I know this is a repost from my other thread, but I have updated this thread, as the other thread didn’t really have too many impressions, is outdated, and was biased from the start. Now that the UE900s are out, hopefully I can get some more replies :-)
It would be nice to hear comparisons between the two, for people who have them, and possibly their impressions after some burn-in. Feedback from owners or people who have auditioned these IEMs would help me very much.
Here are some details and factors I will be considering:
-The accessories I usually use are the tips, shirt clip, case, and maybe silicon adapters if provided to get a good sound. Cable guides, cleaning tools, airplane attenuators, etc. are certainly nice, but optional. What I’m looking for is how well they work with the IEMs.
-I want these in ears to last as long as possible, forever maybe, as I won’t be changing IEMs for a long time. I take good care of my headphones, but I will use them a lot-from listening to my Sansa Clip+ to playing video games.
-Not a huge deal, just need average isolation (like 3/5 on a scale of 1-5). While it is nice to filter out outside noise such as car engine noise or people talking elsewhere, I do often talk to people with my headphones in my ear, and I would like to hear if a car is coming by when I go outside, so average isolation is good.
–From my experience, I never found microphonics a huge problem when listening to music, but they seem to be a problem on IEMs. From time to time, I will play with my headphone cables, tangle them, wrap them, and untangle them when they get tangled because they’re a mess.
-I will be wearing my headphones for hours of time, and can listen to 200+ songs without removing them. I want my headphones to feel as if it were cushioning my ear or is just simply not there anymore.
-I enjoy listening to classical music, techno and electronic (videogames/movies/YouTube), rap, hip-hop, and pop. I will also be using it to watch videos, play movies, conference, chat on the phone via Skype or smartphone, and when playing video games.
-To me, $300-$400 is quite a large investment. I want every single cent to be worth its price. Also, I don’t want fakes.
-I like euphonic, juicy and lush and sturdy music. I value accuracy, clarity, and pay attention to low sounds. I would like my sound to be balanced, gripped, and brilliant. Punchy bass and treble is important.
-The source of my audio is usually my Sandisk Sansa Clip+. I will plug them into my radio and computer, though, when I do want to use them. I will be purchasing them off Amazon, or places where Amazon Checkout is accepted.
Sylaw (Head-Fier) has auditioned the UE900 and owns the IE80s, and prefers the IE80s for my tastes. I am going to send them in to tinyman392 for a review.
I am looking forward to hearing any feedback or comparisons. Thanks to all helpful replies I receive!