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post #16 of 83
I have had all these with the exception of the pf232. The EX1000 is an amazing phone but was retired by me due to terrible fit issues. The treble on it was amazing though I can imagine it would be too much for some... FX700 Also was a little hot and did not fit well. If you have only one IEM, I recommend an over ear form fitting one like Shure, Earsonics or Westone.

The new Earsonics SM64 is awesome but shares many similarities sonically with the Sony EX1000. The soundstage & bass are awesome. The treble is bright, shimmery and beautiful.

If that doesn't sound intriguing, than go directly to the Internet and buy the SM3. It has everything you want.
post #17 of 83
Or, if you're smart, do what deadlovestory suggests and be happy with theIE80. There is no perfect IEM..except the TG334.
post #18 of 83
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Originally Posted by Deadlovestory View Post

I own a 3.Ai--I can say for sure that it's not for you; you'll probably want a bigger soundstage and less sparkly treble. Bass isn't like IE8/80's bass; 3.Ai's bass is from different species.

 

As for 4.Ai--If other head-fiers' impression can be used as a guideline, then it's not what you're looking for as well. Not bassy enough. Never listened to it personally though so I can't 100% vouch for this.

 

Imo you should stop wasting your time looking for a new IEM and just be happy with your IE8/IE80. Soundstage-wise and bass-wise I doubt there's anything like IE8/80 in the price range. Or if you're so curious, go to a proper brick-and-mortar shops that carry demo units, and demo some IEMs until you're satisfied.


+1 on staying with the ie80 if you are happy with it, or maybe instead of a new IEM you can improve the ie80 sound more by having better source or cable.

you can also save up for custom IEM like the heir 8a, it have smooth treble,deep bass and huge soundstage and warm sound sig just like what you describe.

just my suggestion smily_headphones1.gif


Edited by lightningfarron - 2/1/13 at 10:23am
post #19 of 83

sony mdr 7550, kills the GR07 on bass absolute huge soundstage.    Doesn't have the sibilant highs of the GR07 or ex1000.   Check with Lee730, he'd agree.

post #20 of 83
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Originally Posted by Gasdoc View Post

I have had all these with the exception of the pf232. The EX1000 is an amazing phone but was retired by me due to terrible fit issues. The treble on it was amazing though I can imagine it would be too much for some... FX700 Also was a little hot and did not fit well. If you have only one IEM, I recommend an over ear form fitting one like Shure, Earsonics or Westone.

The new Earsonics SM64 is awesome but shares many similarities sonically with the Sony EX1000. The soundstage & bass are awesome. The treble is bright, shimmery and beautiful.

If that doesn't sound intriguing, than go directly to the Internet and buy the SM3. It has everything you want.


GastroDoc, please tell us more about the SM64!

post #21 of 83
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the good replies guys. I am most likely never going to give up the ie80s. I am just looking for something with a full sound and great soundstage now. It doesn't have to have the huge overwhelming bass of the ie80s, however solid bass wouldn't hurt. I do not like the way the um3x sounds, although I will most likely keep it. For 95% of my music, the ie80 does it right. I would prefer to stray away from that closed in sound the um3x has. Interested in a big soundstage, bass doesn't have to be as big/heavy as ie80. In trading off bass, I would be interested in gaining soundstage, details, overall complete sound. 60 percent fun, 40 percent analytical.
post #22 of 83
I'm surprised no one has raised about the Tralucent 1Plus2 here yet :-). Thought Lee730 would be all over this thread.
post #23 of 83

I have IE80 and EX1000. I much prefer the EX1000's realistic and concert hall sound stage. IE80's sound stage is big too but a little muddy and hollow in comparison.

post #24 of 83

I know they are a little pricey but I did get the Ultrasone IQ IEMs that have a nice soundstage.  I had the Shure SE530s and when I initially compared them when the IQs were new I preferred the SE530s due to the mids.  Now that the IQs have some time on them I much now prefer the fuller sound coming from them than the SE530s.

 

I believe I had about 20-30 hours on the IQs before they seemed to fully open up to me.  I went back to the shures last week and was hearing muddy beats in comparison and some muted or lower db mids.

post #25 of 83
Thread Starter 
Cool. So SM3 v2 may be a safe choice? Is it slightly darker? No piercing highs?
post #26 of 83

I'd also recommend the Earsonics SM3 if that makes sense to where you are (not sure about the cost when you're not in ECC). Exactly what you're after and the price you want.

In term of soundstage and bass, Earsonics SM3 comes second only to Unique Melody Miracle to me - but these are the only two high end IEM I've owned, so...

post #27 of 83
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Cool. So SM3 v2 may be a safe choice? Is it slightly darker? No piercing highs?

I only have the first version, but with these, I listen to both a lot of Sax (from Yuri Honing to Morphine) and a lot of cold case music like Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus.

post #28 of 83
Thread Starter 
How does the fxz-200 do with what I am looking for? Good bass, soundstage, details?
post #29 of 83

Ha, I was going to recommend the IE60 but you're already using the IE80, although I haven't read any comparisons. My only issues with the IE 60 are that you have to really blast them to get a good experience, and that the highs are pretty harsh (could be related to the first issue).

 

-sheldon

post #30 of 83
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How does the fxz-200 do with what I am looking for? Good bass, soundstage, details?

 

Their bass technology (the name of which I've just had a mental blank on) provides quite a lot of bass (too much for me, amped, with some music) but it doesn't overwhelm the mids and treble so much. It doesn't have quite the V-shaped FR of some IEMs that give a perceived larger soundstage, but impressed me in that it didn't suffer my usual gripes with IEMs, such as dead percussion and everything mushed together. So, in that sense, I felt it has a better-than-average soundstage.  There are quite a few IEMs I haven't tried yet that seem to do the rounds with recommendations lately, so take that into consideration.

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