Originally Posted by ajdigregorio
Wondering what your thoughts are on the frequency response of many "budget" ciems.... I've looked at a lot of the tripple driver versions of the "top iems" listed here, and a lot of them list the frequency response to be 20hz-17khz. What gives? I mean, sure. I've been to my fair share of shows. I doubt I could hear above 17kHz well anyway... but it's not like there's nothing there! I dunno. I very much subscribe to the school of thought that sound perception (other than hearing) exists at frequencies above 20kHz.
So what do you think? Is it worth saving $200 if you're going to lose 2kHz of frequency?
1. At least the companies are honest enough to say that their product only reach up to 17khz. I know a lot of IEM makers list the frequency response of their products like, 8-30khz which is merely marketing bollocks in my opinion.
2. No known musical instrument produce sound more than 16khz, and most of the "actions" occurs way below that anyways, so if anything, I personally don't think anything over 17khz is worth anything.
3. Well I can't hear above 17khz as well. Heck I'm not sure if I can hear above 15khz, But I'm pretty sure that I can't feel any additional "sound perception" with IEMs that produce frequencies more than 17khz.
4. I'd rather just grab a demo unit of a CIEM, listen to it for a while and let my ears decide whether it's good or not instead of looking at a mere piece of paper with specifications written on it.
So yeah, I don't see why losing 2khz of frequency is a problem. I'll gladly keep my $200.