My favorite IEM right now is the TDK BA200 - this is really an awesome IEM and the one I like best by a good margin. I have / had others (HF5, A161P, Rockit R-50, Super 5, Monster Nergy, VModa Vibe, etc...), but the sound signature, quality and presentation of the TDK BA200 is the one I really like better.
I do like the smooth sound they produce, with slightly forward mids and controlled but present bass. I enjoy their presentation as well. The other ones I had were usually lacking bass (like the HF5 - too bright but very analytical), or were a tad too bright and sibilant for my taste (Rockit-50 for instance, while being a really good IEM), or where just "bland" (like the other ones I mentioned). I am quite sensitive to sibilance and do not like too much harshness / brightness.
I will be driving these guys with my Leckerton UHA-6S mkII most of the time (BTW: this amp is just amazing - I am also using the DAC portion [usb and optical] and the bass is so nice and natural, plus it adds some good clarity and bit sparkle to the sound).
Sooooo, my question for those who upgraded their BA200:
=> What would be a nice upgrade to my BA200?
Note: I would like a similar sound signature but with a bit more "sparkle" in the highs (but NOT brighter or too sibilant), and a tad more bass (especially low end) but NOT too bassy (I am not a bass-head). I would also love the same kind of 3d presentation with forward mids, and I usually like a wider soundstage. I like smooth, relaxing, non-fatiguing music vs analytical. I am listening mainly to Trance / Techno and Pop, but no Classical or Rap for instance.
1/ Westone 4R: Seems like a good match from what I heard - now what is that "veil" that people talk about, how does the mid clarity compare to my BA200?
2/ Earsonics SM64: They seem like a great IEM - and earsonics are usually close to the BA200 in presentation I read - except for the build quality issues often mentioned
3/ Westone UM3X or SM3v2?
3/ Any others?
4/ Save your money it ain't worth it ;) !
Thanks a bunch in advance guys!
Edited by BEZMan - 3/27/13 at 10:51am