I got these Rosewill IEMs off newegg during cybermonday for free. :)
Let me start off that I am no true audiophile. I like my music to sound good (hence why I bought the Denons, but I cannot make a professional review in regards to things like instrument separation/realism/sound stage.
I figured I could use another set for gym use because I wouldnt want to bring my Denon AH-C710 because it would suck if they got broken. Well, these Rosewills arrived yesterday and I gave them a try and I was honestly shocked at the sound. I had a Maximo i490 a few years ago before I got my Denons. The Denons blew the Maximos away and everytime I plugged the Maximos in they sounded terrible in comparison. After about two years of exclusively using my Denons, plugging these in, I was expecting massive dissappointment. Well I was wrong. Very very wrong. They sounded amazing!
I decided to take the tips off my denons and put them on the Roswill because they have a different opening. Figured I might as well make every the same. After back to back listening using reference quality sound tracks through my computers creative sound card. Here is what I noticed. The Rosewill will not get down as low as the Denons for rap. However, they do a bass guitar very well and sound nice and deep. The kick of a drum is stronger with with the Denons though. I dont know how to describe it, but the mids on the Denons are too loud, kinda of hollow and echoy on occassion and I always find myself EQ'ing them down(this bothered me since day one). The Rosewills mids sound much better in my opinion, they are perfect in fact(for me). As for the highs, they both sound great. I would say that the Rosewills are a bit more sibilant for techno highs or loud females in comparison; however I dont listen to music often like techno so I cannot say if they are fatiguing or not. The vocals sound great with both. So in my opinion Lows - Denon wins. Mids - Rosewill wins. Highs - Denons wins, close tie however because I am sure some prefer more sibilant sounding highs.
The build quality is good. I am not sure if it is real wood or not though. The plug is gold and the plug surround is a good feeling metal with Rosewill etched in. Also to note, I had to turn the volume up higher to achieve the same listening volume. Not sure why but I did.
Price for the dollar? A massive thumbs up. Price per dollar compared to my Denons? Rosewill wins hands down with a nice uppercut lol. Lets just say that if I heard these back to back before purchase, I would definitely leave the store with the Rosewills just because of the price alone for how nice they sound. I cannot think of what The Denons offer that would be worth the extra $100 dollars. Though I got them for free, they are now priced $14.99 with free shipping.
Also, I want to address the reviews on newegg. Frankly, they must be smoking crack! Or... these do not sound good when played through an ipod. I only have listened to these through my computers soundcard and they are fantastic. So do not be discouraged by those reviews, they have no idea what they are talking about.
Anyways, I hope you guys liked my little mini review.
Edited by timaishu - 12/1/12 at 10:32pm