Originally Posted by Tom Yum Goong
Okay here are some "bad" things about the SM64.
Besides the slightly forward mids, the SM64 are pretty neutral. Thats not something everybody likes.
The highs could get a bit too high for some people. I just think that they sound natural.
The bass could goes deep and is pretty punchy but could be too shy for some people. Again, it just sounds natural to me.
If expect a lot of accessoires coming with your 500$ IEM, you will get disappointed here. A bit lame, I have to admit, but accessoires are not really a sellingpoint for me.
The SM64 are pretty powerhungry.
That's a bit harsh, don't you think? It's just that FOR ME these more or less minimal improvements are not really worth additional 500$+.
Some reviews of headphones and IEMs are extraordinarily puzzling.
Firstly, if the sound signature is "too neutral" then why not use the EQ? People have bizarre superstitions that it will reduce sq, but this is bs: all sensibly used EQ will do is alter the sound signature, which is what you want it to do. There are no artefacts associated with EQing like those that associated with too low bitrate MP3s.
Secondly, no one seems to read the excellent article on head-fi about EQing phones and IEMs to achieve neutrality in the first place. If they did they would know that the performance of even a fullsize headphone depends on a complex interaction with the listener's ear cavity, and that the only way to reduce this is through careful pin noise EQing. If an IEM like the SM64 sounds so-so to you and you don't try first pink noising it and then tweaking the resulting true neutral to match your taste, then you really haven't given it a serious try.
Otoh, it's possibly inevitable that each increase in sq you buy will cost more than the last..