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I'm looking for a pair of IEMs that make vocals sound great, because with my JVC HA-S500, AND Monoprice 8320's (Please note that my AKG K702's never did this before I sold them), when I'm listening to a song, the vocals sound far away, and shouty, so in a song where you're supposed to just feel what the singer is saying, you really just can't get into the song. For that reason and the fact I prefer IEM's, I'm going to sell my JVC's for some money, and use my birthday money to get a nice pair of IEM's where I can really get into the song. I would also prefer a kind of light, well controlled bass with a decent amount of kick (the K702's were sufficient, but I could use a little more), and treble that's not overly bright and fatiguing or overpowering. Can some people help me figure out what to get?

EDIT: I like over the ear cabling, and it needs to be comfy, have semi-textured bass, and a decent soundstage (Not all in you head)

I know not all my requirements are going to be in an IEM for this price range, or maybe not even in any IEM period.

Thank you in advance for all the help I will get from the great people that help me out on this addicting yet amazing forum!

-Mark
Edited by gopanthersgo1 - 10/28/12 at 12:38pm
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BUMP
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For the voice the most important are the mids so it will be a good idea to take a look at earsonics Sm2

Cheaper the Eph 100 Yamaha can do the job
Edited by levonhelm - 10/28/12 at 12:06pm
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Oh, 2 more things, I like over the ear cabling, and it needs to be comfy.

EDIT: I also need a decent soundstage, and textured bass
Edited by gopanthersgo1 - 10/28/12 at 12:21pm
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I don't love the vocal presentation of the SM3, so I'd assume it's similar for the SM2 -- it's a bit of an acquired taste. You might like it though.

 

For me, I love the mid-forwardness of the UM3x -- it's a bit out of your budget but you can find it used for about $250. They're pretty much right up your alley -- mid-centered, slightly dark, smooth treble, over-the-ear, very comfortable. The soundstage isn't the largest though, certainly smaller than the AKGs you've been using.

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I don't love the vocal presentation of the SM3, so I'd assume it's similar for the SM2 -- it's a bit of an acquired taste. You might like it though.

For me, I love the mid-forwardness of the UM3x -- it's a bit out of your budget but you can find it used for about $250. They're pretty much right up your alley -- mid-centered, slightly dark, smooth treble, over-the-ear, very comfortable. The soundstage isn't the largest though, certainly smaller than the AKGs you've been using.

Thanks, what brand is it though? nevermind, I found it.

EDIT: The soundstage isn't that big of an issue. (other people, don't flame me tongue.gif)

2nd EDIT: Is the cable removable? Not a big concern, but would like to know.
Edited by gopanthersgo1 - 10/28/12 at 1:54pm
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Thanks, what brand is it though? nevermind, I found it.
EDIT: The soundstage isn't that big of an issue. (other people, don't flame me tongue.gif)
2nd EDIT: Is the cable removable? Not a big concern, but would like to know.

There's a removable cable version. Sounds like the UM3x might be the right choice for you. A Shure IEM might also be a good choice, you can look at those too.

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There's a removable cable version. Sounds like the UM3x might be the right choice for you. A Shure IEM might also be a good choice, you can look at those too.

So right now I'm looking at the Westone UM3x and the Shures look expensive.
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UM3X is a good choice but the less expensive UM2 is better if you are talking just vocals.  One of the most under-rated IEM's on the market. 

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UM3X is a good choice but the less expensive UM2 is better if you are talking just vocals.  One of the most under-rated IEM's on the market. 

I'm also looking at decent treble, and tight bass (the AKGs were PERFECT to me), not just vocals, but thanks!
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I found some Shure SE530's, for $215, should I get them?
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^^^The 530s are old and had a lot of cable issues. Are they new old stock or used?

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^^^The 530s are old and had a lot of cable issues. Are they new old stock or used?

Used
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OK, I decided no go on the Shure SE530's
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So do I find a pair of SE535's or UM3X?
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