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FUN sound signatures vs cold/analytical sound signatures

post #1 of 16
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What headphones/IEM's would you guys say are "Fun" to listen to?

 

So far I have owned:

 

Etymotic ER-4S

 

Spyder Realvoice

 

Superlux HD 668B

 

PX-100

 

Philips SHE3850

 

Of those, the only two with "fun" sound signatures were the PX-100 and the Philips SHE3850. The others all lean towards a more cold, analytical sound.

 

 

So what would you guys say are the established "fun" sounding headphones/IEM's?  I think I prefer fun over fidelity  :)

post #2 of 16
You consider Spider realvoice to be cold / analytical?
post #3 of 16

A cold signature is by definition high-mid through treble heavy.  Things like an Etymotic can fit this definition, and depending on fit, even the Brainwavz B2 can fit this description. 

 

A fun signature to me is something that is consumer friendly.  Something that is bass heavy, has a v-shape, or is warmer is something I consider fun.  This is just me though.  The definition of fun has never been set.  A lot of words actually haven't really been set.  Natural is another example of this. 

post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post

You consider Spider realvoice to be cold / analytical?

Well, I was comparing it to the Philips SHE3580. I alternate between those two and the Spider has a more narrow soundstage, and less punchy bass. It sounds more clinical to me than the fun sound I get from the Philips.

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A cold signature is by definition high-mid through treble heavy.  Things like an Etymotic can fit this definition, and depending on fit, even the Brainwavz B2 can fit this description. 

 

A fun signature to me is something that is consumer friendly.  Something that is bass heavy, has a v-shape, or is warmer is something I consider fun.  This is just me though.  The definition of fun has never been set.  A lot of words actually haven't really been set.  Natural is another example of this. 

 

Your definition of fun is the same as mine. Headphones/IEM's that alter the sound from the original flat EQ, but still good quality and not stock earbuds.  Etymotics are known for their analytical sound. so I would love to know which headphones are known for being "fun"

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Well, I was comparing it to the Philips SHE3580. I alternate between those two and the Spider has a more narrow soundstage, and less punchy bass. It sounds more clinical to me than the fun sound I get from the Philips.

 

Your definition of fun is the same as mine. Headphones/IEM's that alter the sound from the original flat EQ, but still good quality and not stock earbuds.  Etymotics are known for their analytical sound. so I would love to know which headphones are known for being "fun"

 

Prepare for a long list:

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  • Phonak PFE232 (all filters), PFE1xx (black filters), and PFE0xx (green filters)
  • Westone W4 (yes I do consider this one "fun".  It's on the edge of fun and not fun) (W3 too, but I haven't heard it) :p
  • Heir Audio 3.Ai
  • Brainwavz M4 and R1 (M2 as well, but I haven't heard it)
  • MEElectronics CW31 and CC51 (SP51 too, but I haven't heard it)
  • AblePlanet SI1050
  • Dunu Tai Chi, Trident, Heaphaes, Crater, and Hawkeye
  • Atomic Floyd SuperDarts
  • Nocs NS150 Crush
  • NUForce NE700, 770, and 600
  • V-Moda Vibrato
  • ThinkSound MS01 and TS02 (as well as their other models though I haven't heard them)
  • Monster Gratitude
  • Moshi Dulcia and Moonrock (as well as Vortex; no pro; I haven't heard these)
  • Phiaton MS200
  • V-Moda M80 (and LP series though I haven't heard them)
  • Aiaiai TMA-1 Studio (and non-studio but I haven't heard them)
  • SOL Republic Tracks and Tracks Ultra (as well as Tracks HD that I haven't heard)
  • Urbanears Zinken (and Plattan)
  • Pioneer STEEZ 808
  • Bowers and Wilkins C5 and P3
  • RHA CA200 and SA950i
  • Phillips Fidelio L1

 

 

 

OK, that was a long winded list of just about every IEM I find fitting the fun type.  It's basically 3/4s of every IEM I own :p


Edited by tinyman392 - 11/10/12 at 9:50pm
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Poetic dreamer View Post

Well, I was comparing it to the Philips SHE3580. I alternate between those two and the Spider has a more narrow soundstage, and less punchy bass. It sounds more clinical to me than the fun sound I get from the Philips.

Wow. Realvoice is as 'fun' as I can bear. LOL Perhaps your source is lean. I still have more fun with closer to accurate earphones than very bass heavy ones. For me, that's between the realvoice and 4p.

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Wow. Realvoice is as 'fun' as I can bear. LOL Perhaps your source is lean. I still have more fun with closer to accurate earphones than very bass heavy ones. For me, that's between the realvoice and 4p.

 

I may be misreading, or making a false assumption, but did you just say that the 4p (I assum ER4P) is fun?  Or is it just worded weirdly :p 

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

Wow. Realvoice is as 'fun' as I can bear. LOL Perhaps your source is lean. I still have more fun with closer to accurate earphones than very bass heavy ones. For me, that's between the realvoice and 4p.

 

I may be misreading, or making a false assumption, but did you just say that the 4p (I assum ER4P) is fun?  Or is it just worded weirdly :p 

 

The ER4P(S) is about as fun as doing your laundry on a friday night. =/

post #9 of 16

the most "fun sounding" iem that is also the most detailed in my possession is the sony xb90ex. If being bassy with really smooth and "rich" sounding mids along with relaxed treble is considered fun, than I guess xb90ex are way too much fun :D

post #10 of 16

W3's are definitely fun as hell with a proper fit.
 

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

A cold signature is by definition high-mid through treble heavy. 

 

 The definition of fun has never been set.

Defined by whom ??

 

Good gear has 'a flat signature'  ie IT DOES NOT 'SOUND' of anything .

If you want 'warm' ... EQ !

If you want 'Cold' ... EQ !!

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

Wow. Realvoice is as 'fun' as I can bear. LOL Perhaps your source is lean. I still have more fun with closer to accurate earphones than very bass heavy ones. For me, that's between the realvoice and 4p.


Guess you haven't heard a very good bassy one yet then lol :P.

post #13 of 16
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Prepare for a long list:

 

Excellent list tinyman! Thanks.

 

To AKG240mkII:

 

I'd rather keep the software EQ flat and use headphones with its own built in "EQ."  As opposed to using  flat sounding  headphones and then having to adjust my software  EQ. If that make sense.
 

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by AKG240mkII View Post

Defined by whom ??

Good gear has 'a flat signature'  ie IT DOES NOT 'SOUND' of anything .
If you want 'warm' ... EQ !
If you want 'Cold' ... EQ !!

The OP asked for a definition of fun and cold. He said nothing about flat or neutral. Two completely different topics. As for the definition of cold... Used the definition of cool from the glossary. As I stated, fun was never defined, so I gave my own definition and interpretation.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

 

I may be misreading, or making a false assumption, but did you just say that the 4p (I assum ER4P) is fun?  Or is it just worded weirdly :p 

 

Think 'The three bears'. Most fun is just right. For me, that's more bass than 4p and less than a realvoice. I also find the 4p too etched and lean but those that use them daily aren't all mixing or mastering. They do so because that's what's fun for them. I think the assumption of way too much bass as fun is erroneous. I can as easily be annoyed by too much bass than too little and that was the point.

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