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post #16 of 88
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Originally Posted by zerocoolhifi View Post

FX101 is one of the worst sounding IEMs I have ever tried IMO. Tried burn in for over a week and the highs are just horrible, sibilance everywhere, distortion, no detail sepration but plenty of bass.

Perhaps you might have gotten a defective one? Mine sounds quite nice. I don't hear any sibilance or distortion.

post #17 of 88

The VC02 and the Brainwavz R1 can be on your list. Like a lot of people here, I don't have the chance do put a hear on put (or put them on my hear) but it seems a good deal. The brainwavz, on their side, can be interessing with their double driver and their good separation of the instrument but the soundstage isn't the widest one.

You can also consider the Superlux HD-381 or the Superlux HD-381F (the same with a more "flat" signature). They have a wide soundstage, a good separation of the instruments but they doesn't have a really deep soundstage. They are V-shaped for the 381 with good bass and clear high but, personally, I prefer de Flat 381F that aren't really flat or neutral but less V-Shaped with all the qualities of the 381's version.

Or why not the Klipsch S4 ?

 

(Sorry, for my maybe poor english, I'm not used to speak a lot this langage this times).


Edited by tinara - 12/19/12 at 3:35pm
post #18 of 88
Thread Starter 

I have been looking at the Brainwavz M2 but Believe the overall detail, Bass and clarity may be better in the GR02 and the Soundstage and openness of the E10 may be better as well. I will have some comparisons after Xmas.

post #19 of 88

Soundmagic e30...significantly better than the e10 as far as I'm concerned.

post #20 of 88

Vsonic VC02 should definitely be considered. Really good sound for the price. Musical and balanced straight from the box, and suit pretty much any music you can throw at them.

post #21 of 88

A lot IEMs below $50 sacrifice brightness to manage mids and highs. But VC02 has wonderful mids and highs, while not sacrificing bass.

 

ljokerl says:

 

"I'll review the VC02 but probably not for a while. The VC02 and GR02 BE sound nothing alike - the VC02 is pretty balanced and neutral-to-bright in tone from the 5 mins I've listened to it. The GR02 BE is v-shaped with a lot more bass and less smooth treble. If you like heavy bass, go for the GR02 BE. Otherwise the VC02 is probably better based on what little I've heard of it so far."

post #22 of 88
If i want a transparent sound which is the deal then?
post #23 of 88
Thread Starter 

The S4's (had them at one point and pretty sure they were fakes so sent them back had no bass at all) I may try again but I already have the X10's and with the GR02 BE already have a V shaped signature IEM as well. Even though the GR02 BE is Bassy, it also has very good clear Highs with Detail although not a huge soundstage. I personally think I would like the GR02 BE better as I do like some good punchy bass and some sub bass but that doesn't mean I won't give the VC02 a try and throw them into the mix as well. I will throw a brainwavz in there too just trying to decide between the R1 and M2

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Originally Posted by Christianh View Post

If i want a transparent sound which is the deal then?

 

For just over all transparency (but you may give up some bass impact) go just $10 more for the Re0 (I will be getting those as well)

post #24 of 88

If you can push to UE700, then definitely no brainer here, but if not, consider M4 too...

post #25 of 88
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Originally Posted by AzatHead-Fier View Post

A lot IEMs below $50 sacrifice brightness to manage mids and highs. But VC02 has wonderful mids and highs, while not sacrificing bass.

 

ljokerl says:

 

"I'll review the VC02 but probably not for a while. The VC02 and GR02 BE sound nothing alike - the VC02 is pretty balanced and neutral-to-bright in tone from the 5 mins I've listened to it. The GR02 BE is v-shaped with a lot more bass and less smooth treble. If you like heavy bass, go for the GR02 BE. Otherwise the VC02 is probably better based on what little I've heard of it so far."

+1. VC02 are amazing for the price.

post #26 of 88
Thread Starter 
Anyone has a detailed comparison between the vc02 and gr02 be?
post #27 of 88

Dunu Trident is exactly 40 dollars MSRP :p  Can be picked up for around 30 at times...  

post #28 of 88

I haven't heard them myself yet but, I have yet to hear anything negative about the Astrotec M90's and have a pair arriving Friday for myself.

Supposedly has punchy bass, and great balance overall.

Not a "bass monster" but, I get the impression they fit your criteria well.

post #29 of 88

I just tried Soundsoul S-018 ($39.99 on amazon), the sound is pretty good:   Frequency extension is good, from high to low.   Bass extension is really good, it gets to really low.   Overall sound is quite refined, high resolution.   

It is a fun sounding phone, not reference monitor type.  The sound is relaxed, a little colored.

 

It is much much better than similar priced Sennheiser CX300, CX870 in every aspect.


Edited by yfei - 12/30/12 at 7:48pm
post #30 of 88
Thread Starter 

OK so it took a bit to get through them but I wanted to review at least the ones I had for this little battle. MH1C, GR02 BE, SoundMagic E10 and I threw in the RE0 just for a little reference.

 

3rd SoundMagic E10 - While it is a fun IEM, there is just too much missing in the mids, you get some decent low end punch and some sub bass but the warm mids and powerful drums are just missing. Also the highs, while the are not recessed, just do not have the level of detail that I would expect. Soundstage is not narrow but but it is also not wide. Overall they are a nice IEM for the price but just does not measure up.

 

2nd MH1C - This took a little bit but I wanted to recable them as the J cord is just, well, awful. Replaced it with a Monprice cable from my 8320 (you can see this in the MH1C thread). Much more bass anbd sub bass than the Soundmagic and just slightly behind the GR02 BE. The mids were much better than the SoundMagic but the highs again just are not that detailed, there but a lot of the high freq start to run together. The Soundstage is definitely the wideeast and foudn some tracks the most enjoyable because of it.

 

1st VSonic GR02 BE - Everytime I would switch back to these, I would get a smile on my face. The bass (Sub, bass and mid bass) is just so rich, powerful and detailed that I just love it. Also the highs on these are more detailed with better separation that the others. Bright does come to mind but I guess I do prefer crisp over warm. Some vocals may have been slightly veiled but everything else makes up for that. The soundstage is the narrowest as everything is right in front of you. If I could get the same crispness of all the instruments but spread them out, that would be ideal.

 

Even though the RE0 is $50 (on sale of course) - these are the most detailed of the bunch but there is quite a bit lacking in the low end for me. I will use these for some music types but for the most part of what I listen too, just not enough bass. It also takes a little more to drive these as well. If bass is not your thing and detailed and accurate are what you are looking for then I would suggest getting a set of these.

 

I am still thinking of buying a couple more in this category but that will be it before moving on the next level. Might give the VC02s, AM90, Dunu DN-12, MA350, MG5, M31 and possibly even the TDK MT300 as they are starting to get some love here. Thanks for tuning in.

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