Originally Posted by Danan
I would love your opinion on how these compare to the klipsch s4.
I personally am not a fan of heavy base and really sharp highs. Do you think I could tone them down with the built in equalizer on my phone? And also tone up the mids?
They currently available for 40$on woot so I am tempted...
how would you compare them with the klipsch s4s?
no offence but if you don't like heavy bass and sharp highs i think you've been purchasing the wrong headphones
the klipsch s4s are like this and sounds like the rios are the same nu force i haven't had experience with
i think you need to get some more balenced headphones like any of hte etymotic line or if you want something cheap the monoprice 8320 is a good one ( fit issue is problem though) but if you have a bunch of ear tips give it a shot their only 7-10 dollars before shipping after should be about 14$
most consumer targeted headphones are like that... average people can only pick out the bass... then a little more attuned ones can pick out the highs... mids are left forgotten and so they are recessed by default...
also if you have the iphone i don't believe any of settings of the equalizer would work... because i tried "pop" which raises the middle midss tones down on the bass.. it makes the s4s sound weird the mids are really unnatural.... the bass is fine now that toned it down
i also tried the spoken word.. which i find makes the mids a bit more natural cause it bumps up the higher mids but the treble got bumped up and made it more harsh... the bass was reduced even more than in the pop setting... starting a bit to lack but ok still
then i tried bass reducer... a bit too much reduction in bass, i can deal with but the mids were left untouched.. but this revealed the really unexceptional mids on the s4s which was nothing to write home about... and it made the sound darker, ( i would image the frequency curve is a bit more flat now, but this is problem with neutral headphones... they're usually a bit dark sounding, not as engaging.... on paper it looks good but i think a little more warmth, makes the music more engaging..
just my two cents... sorry for the long post but it sounds like the rios are fairly similar to the s4s, and if so my experiences could help others decide
ps i also wanted to try the rios cause i love the sound of my noontecs but wanted more isolation, and if the rios were that in an EVEN more portable package (iem) i thought what the hell why not... but no reviews soo it made me skeptically to drop more money > noontec zoros