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Recommendations on a set of IEMs please?

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I've gone through a few sets of IEMs recently and found myself unhappy with the results (Klipsch S4i and Sennheiser CX880i). Unfortunately, I have no idea where I can test IEMs before I purchase (Vancouver, Canada).

 

I'm looking for something with a similar sound signature to my Totem Accoustic Hawks floorstanders. I know floorstanders are different, and will have a much, much wider soundstage, but the qualities that I'm looking for are there:

 

- sweeter sound (geared towards accoustical and jazz)

- fast response (attack and decay)

- clean, tight bass, but not overly bloated or emphasized

- high resolution

 

I am also certain that:

- I do not want to have to use an amp

- The source will be my iPhone 5 (using the amazing Capriccio app)

- I require a line in remote for volume and controls

 

I hope I'm making sense here. I'm not opposed to custom IEMs as well. I just want to make sure that I'm getting good value for the money spent.

 

I've read that the IE8i and IE80 can be fit with custom molds... is this the case with any IEM?

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You can visit headphone bar located at broadway and they have large collection of IEMs (like GR07, GR01,Phonak PFE232, AKG K3003i, Shure SE535, UE ect), Portable headphones and fullsize headphones to listen there with portbale DAPs like Hifiman HM-602, AMPs/DAC, BTW i will recommend the GR07, GR01, PFE232, Shure SE535, UE900 and JVC FX700.


Edited by ZARIM - 10/22/12 at 3:41pm
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ZARIM, thank you so much for your suggestion about the Headphone Bar. I dropped in there today. The owner was just awesome in that he accommodated me in trying out everything from the HD800 to Grados PS1000(?), explained different DACs and amps then let me listen to a bunch of different IEMS. Basically he laid my top 3 choices on the table and just let me go at it for as long as I pleased. I thought that I would drop in for 20 mins, but wound up in there for about an hour.

In the end, I decided to buy yet another set of IEMs and walked out with the IE80. I could have found slightly better deal online, but I appreciated the service so much that I felt he had earned my business. I can't say enough good things about my experience today.
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