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what is the best CIEM money can buy?

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in your opinions, what is the best CIEM money can buy?

 

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That would depend on what sound you are looking for...
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Yes, which is why I said "in your opinion"

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But how would it help you if you don't state your prefered sound sig? Unless you are just doing this for the heck of it. Then i could understand. I recently just bought the Frogbeats C4s and will be hearing from it in a couple months. Sorry that I cannot provide much help on that part.
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not for my own benefit, just trying to provoke an informative conversation starter

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Monster Turbine - 99 bucks on Amazon and just be happy smily_headphones1.gif
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Dr. John Moulton

Here at Noble, we craft some of the finest universal and custom in-ear monitors available today. 

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Its of course relative but the Spiral Ears 5-way reference is at least up there if you are looking for a LCD-2/3 kind of sound sig.

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Heir Audio have the best looking customs though, and soundwise they are very capable of what I've heard.


Edited by Sweden - 12/26/12 at 6:53am
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Edited by FullCircle - 9/25/14 at 10:15am

Dr. John Moulton

Here at Noble, we craft some of the finest universal and custom in-ear monitors available today. 

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For me it's the Jh13 I ordered once their improved arangement appeared but I haven't heard everything. It seems most companies top of the line are 'bass enhanced' which is fine but not for me, at least to the extent supplied. I get it that you can have extra bass without compromising clarity when designed as well os some of these are but for me, once you get past a certain point, it detracts more than benefits. Others feel differently so opinions will as to same extent.


Edited by goodvibes - 12/26/12 at 1:21pm
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UM Miracle and JH16 would be considered as some of the best.

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Sensaphonics 3MAX - sonically very accurate and precise, with a little bonus bass that's deliciously addicting.

Very comfortable, perfect fit, incredible isolation.

 

700

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Originally Posted by Sweden View Post

Its of course relative but the Spiral Ears 5-way reference is at least up there if you are looking for a LCD-2/3 kind of sound sig.

1000

 

Heir Audio have the best looking customs though, and soundwise they are very capable of what I've heard.

 

 

Keep in mind the Spirals you can only get if you live in EU I believe or if you know someone over there (unless this has changed). Apparently they are a bit larger IEM than most so just check to be sure...Mind you I have family there and was looking at these but due to poor communication (and after 2 emails lack thereof) I looked elsewhere. But I digress....I have heard fantastic things about this IEM nevertheless. So might be worth a look.

 

Have a look at Tralucent Audio's 1Plus2: http://www.head-fi.org/t/623514/new-custom-iem-company-tralucent-audio  

 

Their second version might be up there with top ones. They are fantastic though - also this vastly depends on your preferences as well. Great bass extension and rich mids and sparkly highs. Nicely balanced.

 

Those Heir Audio designs look impeccable to the point where I am wondering if the Heir 8.A promo is still on???

 

EDIT: Seems it's been 2 weeks since O.P came on. Has he/she made up his/her mind already?


Edited by nk77 - 12/29/12 at 2:14am
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I will second this opinion about SE 5-way Reference. My recently acquired SE 5-way are certainly top of the line in terms of their technical abilities and my sonic preferences. In fact, having owned both 8.A and LCD2, while 8.A being generally good monitors, I find them somewhat unnatural and unbalanced when compared with the SE 5-way. 8.A can also have harsh and sibilant highs from time to time to my ears, when compared to smooth, very linear and much more extended 5-way's. Isolation is also much better, obviously.

If you're looking for an upgrade to LCD2/3 and overall reference sounding monitors, that would be 5-way's in my opinion. Perhaps there are some others worth looking into as well.

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I will second this opinion about SE 5-way Reference. My recently acquired SE 5-way are certainly top of the line in terms of their technical abilities and my sonic preferences. In fact, having owned both 8.A and LCD2, while 8.A being generally good monitors, I find them somewhat unnatural and unbalanced when compared with the SE 5-way. 8.A can also have harsh and sibilant highs from time to time to my ears, when compared to smooth, very linear and much more extended 5-way's. Isolation is also much better, obviously.

If you're looking for an upgrade to LCD2/3 and overall reference sounding monitors, that would be 5-way's in my opinion. Perhaps there are some others worth looking into as well.

 

So is it still the same where it cannot ship outside EU to any other place except US? Btw I may have missed the obvious clue but why is isolation better with the SE-5 way? They are both based on impressions right? Does one stick out more?

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