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Low sibilance/rolled off highs IEM <$200 for universally any music

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Thread Starter 

I'm looking for a pair of IEMs where I can listen to any piece of music without that annoying hissing screech that I get from basically every pair of IEMs I get. My budget is less than $200, and preferably something I can find in Canada for a good price, though I am going to the United States after Black Friday (Grove City and Buffalo). I have been looking into the UE TF10s whcih are extremely hard to find here, as well as the Shure SE215s. Does anyone else have any suggestions?

 

EDIT: Thank you jasonb for clearing up my misconception. Scratch the rolled off highs idea, just something that's not harsh with sibilance.


Edited by Sycho - 10/20/12 at 7:30pm
post #2 of 17
In a effort to clean up all the suggestion threads, I'd suggest you try asking here for faster responses: http://www.head-fi.org/t/632255/portable-iem-recommendations-thread-i-e-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here-please-read-op
post #3 of 17

Hifiman RE262. They are smooth like butter with no piercing highs to worry about.

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

I heard that the highs of the Brainwavz B2 could be a bit fatiguing. Would you say it is prone to hissing and sibilance?

post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sycho View Post

I heard that the highs of the Brainwavz B2 could be a bit fatiguing. Would you say it is prone to hissing and sibilance?

B2 is probably too bright for you if you are looking for roll-off high. RE262 is a good recommendation. I'll also add TDK IE800 into the hat as well - dual dynamic that can match RE262's performance, but it might need to order it from oversea since top TDK IEM are not easily to find on North America.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post


B2 is probably too bright for you if you are looking for roll-off high. RE262 is a good recommendation. I'll also add TDK IE800 into the hat as well - dual dynamic that can match RE262's performance, but it might need to order it from oversea since top TDK IEM are not easily to find on North America.

Wow you have the TDK IE800's? Do i smell a review coming soon?L3000.gif

post #7 of 17

+1 for the RE262, very smooth, never harsh and work well with many types of music even edm.

post #8 of 17

what about the yamaha EPH-100? I heard they are rather smooth and rolled off on the top end

post #9 of 17

you don't need an IEM with rolled off highs to avoid sibilance. you can still have an extended and detailed top end without sibilance issues. They still might be to bright for you, but i never find my GR01 to be harsh or sibilant. it is bright, extended, and detailed but never sibilant unless of course it's in the recording.

 

if you really want a rolled of top end that is your choice, but just realize you dont need to compromise. sibilance comes from peaks being in bad spots in the frequency response, not every bright or extended IEM will have nasty peaks.


Edited by jasonb - 10/20/12 at 8:23am
post #10 of 17
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what about the yamaha EPH-100? I heard they are rather smooth and rolled off on the top end

 

Yeah they're definitely relaxed but they have a strange sound to the highs imo, they have a metallic unnatural sound that I just never really liked but they are a good IEM.

post #11 of 17

Westone UM2

post #12 of 17

UM2 is a good call. It has been overshadowed by newcomers in recent years but it is still brilliant.

post #13 of 17
UM2 is well over the OP's budget though, and IMO, get beaten by a few of the sub-$200 new comer as well.
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To me the R-50 isn't harsh or sibilant though some say they experience a small amount of sibilance.  In the sub $200 bracket the R-50 is one of the best you can get imo.

post #15 of 17
I don't find R-50 to be sibilant as well.
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