So I have decided to register after literally spending the last 17 hours reading this forum ( took day-off at work - haven't slept yet ) looking for an answers to how does the JH16 pro compare to UMM.
I read all 274 reviews ( http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-274-iems-compared-hifiman-re-400-added-03-14-13-p-650 ) but sadly the JH16 is not listed.
I currently own a Shure SE535 since two years but decided to go the CIEM route. I am not really attached to my Shure. I don't like the sound they produce to some extent.
I don't know how to describe it, it's very clean and neat, well articulated and instruments are nicely spaced but very analytical, neutral, flat, artificial and lifeless. Mids are too forward for my liking and it feels like it's playing deep inside your head.
The minute I unpacked the SE535, my reaction was totally the opposite of " WoW ". I was like " That's not what I wanted from a 400 Euros IEMs ". Tried different sleeves but that did not get me rid of the mediocre performance for this price tag. Bottom line is, I don't like their sound signature.
I'd rather have a monitor that produces a slightly more colored - fun to listen - natural sound for everyday's music but with the excellent built quality, sound isolation and microphonics of those Shure.
The mentioned review above nominates the UM miracle as the best CIEM today with a 10/10 for the sound quality; but again the JH16 Pro is not there. If they were, there's a chance they could have won the gold medal.
Music genre is not limited to but includes :
Classic ( 10% )
Latin Jazz ( 50% )
Drum n Bass / Dubstep / Chillstep ( 30% )
Hip-Hop / House / RnB ( 5%)
Other ( 5%)
Price is not a problem; I am aware that I will end up paying around $1700 for a perfect fit customs ( $1149 + artwork + Audiologist fee + earmolds shipping + 20% customs )
Unfortunately CIEM are not popular the place I live and there are no demo units around. I do realize that it's a matter of taste and SQ is subject, but given the data above, which custom should I go for ? JH16 or UMM ?
Last but not least; does CIEMs sound any better than a top tier IEM like Shure and Westone with lossy codecs ? ( 256-320Kbps Mp3s )
Appreciate your advice .
Thanks in advance :)