Originally Posted by nicholars
How does the bass compare to the Atrio MG7 or Shure 215 or Yamaha EPH100 in terms of quantity of mid/sub bass and also quality?
I will refer you to the review of the MG7 on Joker's Multi IEM thread:
He compares them to the GR07 MKI, which is still quite similar to the BE in terms of overall frequency response...just imagine a more natural, realistic type bass response. You can see they are quite similar here, so the comparison holds some weight:
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/VSonicGR07.pdf & http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/VSonicGR07BassEdition.pdf
The BE is definitely on the warmer side of neutral in comparison with neutral mids and a slightly bright treble. The MG7 is a bit warmer still with slightly recessed (but clear) mids and clear treble. The MG7 has the best textured bass and sub-bass rumble I've heard in a universal IEM so far, but the BE isn't far behind in that regard, quite close actually - yet, it really shines in the other areas of the frequency range over the MG7. Both have very controlled, deep extension that does not bleed into the lower mids but you might say it 'enhances' them (providing that warm tinged signature) - impact is similar, but at times I would give the nod to the BE. The MG7 is all about extension and sub-bass - if your music preferences require the most and best sub-bass, look no further than the MG7.
I owned both the MG7 and BE together, and choose the BE in the end for a few reasons: I enjoyed their overall presentation and signature more (personal preference I found, only after trying both...and the BE responded best to EQ), the fit and comfort was better (not a fan of deep insertion tips presently, and the BE works better for over ear), and they were most proficient for my music tastes (I listen to a very wide variety of genres and recording qualities). I found the BE to be my perfect all-arounder...the MG7 wowed me at times, but the BE is my 'one universal IEM to rule them all'...for the time being, that is! I found that no matter what I read though, it wasn't until I tried them side by side that I could truly decide - I had my MG7 first and was totally satisfied with them until I tried the BE. So, the most common phrase at Head-Fi, YMMV, definitely applies here...if you can try both (or more), I would suggest that first.
Hope that helps a little!
Edited by modulor - 4/19/13 at 10:21am