Originally Posted by Jaywalk3r
Still, any time I use my MH1c, you can bet I've got something much better sounding with me in case I get the opportunity to listen to my music somewhere quiet. The MH1c is like a car stereo for this bicycle commuter, and it performs in that role admirably, better than anything else that I have. But it just isn't worthy of being used at home, lest I find myself wishing I was listening to any other IEM I own
Ok, that's pure opinion. I've got some of the most accurate equipment available to compare it to and I'm actually quite happy to choose the Sony's for low level listening in a quite home environment . I could listen to my AKG K701s/Dac1 but I don't have to have to and the Sony's do just fine. And sorry, if you are going to dismiss this as just lack of hearing ability, I've spent hundreds of hours playing jazz in a live unamplified setting. I have a very good sense of how things are supposed to sound and chasing the "perfect" IEM is waste of time.
Originally Posted by Selenium
Don't get me wrong, I notice the difference when going from the MH1s to say, the FX700. But I just enjoy listening to the MH1s and I don't mind a lot of bass. I do own stuff by Monster.
Duh!!! There are better IEMs. Everyone gets that and how awesome would it be if those IEMs actually gave you the same bang for the buck at their price point that the Sony's do? My point is that, at some point you've got to stop obsessing about bass, extension, midrange clarity, presence, air, soundstage, timbre, prat, clarity, frequency response and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...
... and just enjoy what gets a balance.
No IEM is EVER going to get all that stuff right but throwing a ton of cash at it BETTER get you something better. I'm just saying that what the Sony engineers have done, in taking a fairly limited technology (dynamic driver) and optimizing it for how we "perceive", is a fascinating achievement.
Edited by listenCarefully - 1/20/13 at 4:33pm