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Best IEM for me?

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I'm looking for a good IEM .The music genres I listen to are pop rock, vocals, alternative, rock, metal, and soundtrack. This is what I want:

 

Bass: For me, bass really isn't that important. I don't want it to be basslight but I don't want it to sound bloated either. The more bass the better, but mids and highs are more important for me.

 

Mids: Mids are the most important thing for me in the IEM. I don't want them to be distant or v-shaped at all, but I don't want them to be bloated or in you face like the SE535 either (I tend to dislike dark headphones). I want the mids to be present, but I don't want the other frequencies to be lacking. I prefer it when the mids are neutral.

 

Highs: One of the things I dislike are toned down highs. I'm not asking for the highs to have sparkled, I'm pretty sure it's impossible to find a mid-centric IEM with sparkling highs. I just don't want it to be toned down like it is with the HD650, Se535, etc.

 

That pretty much sums up what I want in the IEM. My budget is $400, any suggestions?

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GR07 and Westone 4 are possibilities. I don't know that I would call either "mid centric" but otherwise they seem to fit fairly well into what you want. The mids aren't recessed, at least :P. You probably wouldn't like the RE262 or SM3 because of their treble.
 

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GR07 and Westone 4 are possibilities. I don't know that I would call either "mid centric" but otherwise they seem to fit fairly well into what you want. The mids aren't recessed, at least :P. You probably wouldn't like the RE262 or SM3 because of their treble.
 

Is the SM3's treble just as toned down as the SE535?

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Is the SM3's treble just as toned down as the SE535?

 

Can't say as I only heard the SE535 quickly and don't remember that well enough, but the treble is certainly laid back/a bit recessed imo. Details aren't the SM3's strong suit.

post #6 of 34

Etymotic ER-4S? I find both the treble and the mids to be forwards while the bass is mildly toned down in comparison. Another IEM that comes to mind is the SE425. 

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Etymotic ER-4S? I find both the treble and the mids to be forwards while the bass is mildly toned down in comparison. Another IEM that comes to mind is the SE425. 

I'm afraid the ER-4S will be too unforgiving for me. The SE425 seems interesting, I'll research about it.

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I'm afraid the ER-4S will be too unforgiving for me. The SE425 seems interesting, I'll research about it.

 

Unforgiving? In what way?

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Unforgiving? In what way?

 

Harsh/fatiguing treble, poor recordings and things..

post #10 of 34
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Unforgiving? In what way?

It's unforgiving because its a very revealing IEM which shows a lot of details, so poorly mastered recordings will sound harsh (unfortunately, a big part of my music collection isn't recorded well).


Edited by SmettMark - 1/31/13 at 11:47am
post #11 of 34

Sounds like to me the OP is describing the W4 to a Tee. Can probably find for $400. Solid, tight lows, lush mids, and sparkly highs. Can't go wrong. 

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Sounds like to me the OP is describing the W4 to a Tee. Can probably find for $400. Solid, tight lows, lush mids, and sparkly highs. Can't go wrong. 

I heard in many places that the westone 4 is boring. If it is, that can be a problem because I listen to some aggressive genres. Do you think its a boring IEM, or is it engaging? Boring or not, it looks like it would be great for vocals, soundtrack, etc. so I'm definitely considering it.

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I heard in many places that the westone 4 is boring. If it is, that can be a problem because I listen to some aggressive genres. Do you think its a boring IEM, or is it engaging? Boring or not, it looks like it would be great for vocals, soundtrack, etc. so I'm definitely considering it.

 

I mean that's all subjective. What people mean by boring is that it doesn't have emphasized bass and treble. If you want a solid mid-range, unless it's mid-centric, it's going to be a fairly flat (boring) frequency response. 

post #14 of 34

I would suggest the Etymotic HF5.  I know you said you are afraid the ER4 will be too unforgiving, and the HF5 is very similar, but I think you will find the HF5 (and ER4, IMO) don't sound as harsh as you are thinking.  Do you have loads of music recorded at 128kbps?  Maybe they will be, but you can EQ down the highs a bit if so.  I think you will be very satisfied with the HF5.

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I mean that's all subjective. What people mean by boring is that it doesn't have emphasized bass and treble. If you want a solid mid-range, unless it's mid-centric, it's going to be a fairly flat (boring) frequency response. 

Forget what I said, people are saying it sounds great for metal :)

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