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What is the Best Custom IEMs hands down?

post #1 of 98
Thread Starter 

I am planning on replacing my Shure SE535 as I find them good but still a long way off from the utopian audio experience. 

 

There seem to be so many top top custom IEMs on offer and I am just so confused which one is the best. So far I have looked at UE18, JH16 and Westone ES5. 

 

I listen to Classical music, piano and orchestral music mostly, vocal, jazz and some pop.

post #2 of 98
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Originally Posted by uchihaitachi View Post

I am planning on replacing my Shure SE535 as I find them good but still a long way off from the utopian audio experience. 

 

There seem to be so many top top custom IEMs on offer and I am just so confused which one is the best. So far I have looked at UE18, JH16 and Westone ES5. 

 

I listen to Classical music, piano and orchestral music mostly, vocal, jazz and some pop.

 

The UM Miracle is supposedly a Classical masterpiece.

post #3 of 98

I think "Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitor" might be the best since it let you customize sound signature to fit your preference. The price is a bit high. For me, I will stop at Fitear MH335DW. It pretty much the same price as UE personal reference monitor here in japan.

post #4 of 98
Thread Starter 

This is so very confusing I wish there was an awesome place where you can try everything out :D

 

The personal reference sounds impressive!

post #5 of 98
Thread Starter 

Between JH16 UE18 and ES5 which ones would you recommend? Or are there better alternatives, the personal reference one I realised I can't get it in the UK only in the US

post #6 of 98

The best IEM, custom or not, is one that fits your personal musical preferences perfectly regardless of the price.

 

Which means you're the only one who knows what CIEM sounds best for you, and not some random head-fiers. Even the most expensive or the most well-publicized/reviewed custom IEM doesn't guarantee that it'll be the best for you.

 

 

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Originally Posted by uchihaitachi View Post

This is so very confusing I wish there was an awesome place where you can try everything out :D

 

If you live in UK, try http://www.theheadphonecompany.co.uk/index.php?id=home&menu=manufacturers since they apparently have some custom IEMs' demo units in-store.

post #7 of 98
Thread Starter 

I have managed to narrow them down to these

 

 
 
ES5
UE Personal Reference Monitors the one where you can modify the sound signature yourself :O (not sure if available in UK?)
JH16
Heir 8A
MG6Pro
UE18
 
Pros and cons?
post #8 of 98
Thread Starter 

Further narrowed to

 

es5

and heir 8a :S

post #9 of 98

If you are looking for close enough soundsignature to your SE535 then ES5 are great upgrade because it offers forward higher resolution midrange, nice extended highs, deep punchy bass, amazing imaging, instruments separation with roomy soundstage. JH13Pro, UERM are more neutral, balanced and excel in some areas like JH offers superb imaging and locational cues within soundfield which is important for Classical music and both offers extended highs.


Edited by ZARIM - 2/14/13 at 5:18am
post #10 of 98
Thread Starter 
I have read some reviews pitting es5 vs heir 8a and i dont know which one i should go for?
post #11 of 98

Get both problem solved.biggrin.gif

post #12 of 98
I owned 530 than 535 for years and upgraded to Miracles and I am very happy. They give reference yet musical sound. They will educate your ears...you don t necessarily need the same sound Sig as 535...and check out the Miracle thread, many people getting them in the UK these days.
Oh, and don t spend more 1000 USD for your first custom...
post #13 of 98

8.A, no doubt about it. 

post #14 of 98

How could anyone attempt to answer this question unless you've heard every last custom out there? And even then, sound preference is going to come into play. I don't get trying this answer this question. I can see better if some of you suggested what you thought were the top five or so (and only if you have actually heard them). 

post #15 of 98
I never said which one was best as I do not know, just shared my experience coming from the same iem as him.
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