Originally Posted by modulor
Originally Posted by Alberto01
I love my R-50! And they sound terrible if I listen to them right after listening to bass heavy IEMs or mixed with bass heavy IEMs. They only sound right when I listen to them only and nothing else for long periods of time once my brain has adapted to the lesser (and normal) amount of bass on the R-50. The same thing happens the other way around when switching from the R-50 to IEMs with much more bass. They don't sound right for some time.
When I was comparing the RE-400 to the BE, this happened alot. Due to this, it becomes hard to justify having multiple IEMs to switch around. I found that one or the other alone were equally enjoyable, but all said and done I ended up preferring the HiFiMan sound for the long run. I can imagine switching around from something with emphasized , loose and bloated bass immediately to something flatter it would be a bit jarring and confusing...but if you give the BE (or any GR07) a few weeks straight they are truly one of the best in the bass department. Same can be said about the R-50, RE-400 and other well renowned IEMs about many of their positive traits...brain burn-in, people. The BE manages impact without a major mid-bass hump, and has the tactility, texture and speed that can best represent bass...can you tell I miss them?
That's it. Perfectly described by both of us. I like variety. I like the subwoofer bass and the bass punch. I also like a leaner sound, that allows for a true soundstage. So, what I do is just listen to one pair of IEMs for many consecutive days and then switch to another pair.
People confuse soundstage with soundroom. Soundroom = Sound quantity + soundstage
Bass heavy IEMs make the soundroom bigger by making the bass, mids and highs sound larger. That is, they increase the sound room by increasing sound quantity, but not soundstage. That is not equivalent to increasing soundstage. Soundstage requires empty space between the listener and the voices and instruments, and between the voices and instruments themselves. With a lot of bass, the sound gets bigger but all that added space is filled up. There is a lot of space (room), but there is not much empty space for a true soundstage. My R-50 have an impressive soundstage. If you increased the bass quantity on them, you would have to increase the size of the housings or equivalent in order to keep that soundstage as good as it is.