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post #16 of 29
For 400.00 the ie8,i80, Weston line are hard to beat in universal IEMs
post #17 of 29
By the way, why aren't you interested in CIEMs? Universal IEMs only take you so far.
post #18 of 29
By the way, why aren't you interested in CIEMs? Universal IEMs only take you so far.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by loxxrider View Post

I'm sorry, but I would NOT recommend the IE80 or IE8 to anyone who wants "lush" mids.
 

Uhhmm.. uhmm Mod plz.. and talk.!  

post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by SmettMark View Post

Hi guys, sorry for creating another thread, I changed my mind a bit about my preferences. This is what I'm looking for in the IEM:

 

-I listen mainly to vocals (mostly male), rock, heavy metal, and some soundtrack.

 

-I want the IEM to be mid-centric. I want the mids to be lush, thick, and "creamy" but not bloated in any way.

 

-I want a lot of bass. I want the bass to have impact and a slam factor, but it doesn't need to be exaggerated as long as it has impact. I want to be able to "feel" the bass. Also, I not only want quantity, but I want a lot of quality as well.

 

-My top priorities are mids and bass. Because of this, I understand that I won't be able to have a lot of treble. However, I don't want the treble to be rolled off like the SE535 because not only will it sound a bit blurry, but I also need it to have some energy for rock and metal. I just want enough treble to give it some energy.

 

-My budget is 400 dollars. I might stretch it, but only if its necessary.

 

-I don't want any customs

 

Which IEM should I get?

 

EDIT: I would also like to mention that I don't want it to require an amp. I'm okay with it improving with one, but not with it requiring one.

Dude... ur simply looking at 3 IEm's then... 

 

in B/A Category - Westone 4's / Sm64 ( heard it last night kinda good )

In Dynamic Cato gory - IE80's( with the tape mode)

 

and what so ever i my self do consider a Metal head... and i would take a Modded IE80 over Westone4's or Sm64's any day due to the utter Transparency and great mid's and also of its sick sound stage

 

even the = side of the IE80 is that u absolutely do not require an amp to power them up since its only 18ohms... but initially out of the box experience would be not so....... awesome since it need some burning and some modding .. if u need to know about the modding fo the Ie80 Appreciation thread.. :p


Edited by Sylaw - 4/5/13 at 9:48pm
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sylaw View Post

Dude... ur simply looking at 3 IEm's then... 

in B/A Category - Westone 4's / Sm64 ( heard it last night kinda good )
In Dynamic Cato gory - IE80's( with the tape mode)

and what so ever i my self do consider a Metal head... and i would take a Modded IE80 over Westone4's or Sm64's any day due to the utter Transparency and great mid's and also of its sick sound stage

even the = side of the IE80 is that u absolutely do not require an amp to power them up since its only 18ohms... but initially out of the box experience would be not so....... awesome since it need some burning and some modding .. if u need to know about the modding fo the Ie80 Appreciation thread.. tongue.gif
I agree, the soundstage is very very nice.

Again, it's really about your preference. I could say IEM "A" sounds amazing but it may not sound amazing to you.
In the end, you'll eventually want a CIEM.
post #22 of 29
I recently got a pair of Merlin by UM and they are friggin amazing.

Oh and by the way, IE8s are rated #1 for universal in ears. I think that says something. Usually when 8-9 out of 10 say its good, it's probably good.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by DarKen23 View Post


Go on then. Recommend one

I guess you missed my post above ;)

 

I have not modded mine yet, so I'll try that and see if I need to retract my statement or not. That is a very good point. 


Edited by loxxrider - 4/5/13 at 11:22pm
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by loxxrider View Post

The 535 limited is definitely something you should try to audition. I know there aren't many places to do that sort of thing, but if you travel at all, there are in-motion entertainment stores in most of the major airports now where they carry and will let you listen to the higher end Westones, Shures, and some other pretty good stuff like the UE900. I bought the UE900 ($400) on a whim and I'm loving it. It tends to be pretty flat, but the mids do drop off a tad on the upper end of things, but other than that I don't have a single complaint. I think you should at least try them if it is possible for you to. 

What you are describing really sounds like you would like the Shures though. They are too thick in the midrange for me mostly (I'd call them slightly bloated honestly if that means overly forward), but I did like the 535 limited (red ones) much, much better than the bronze ones. Their treble extension and presence is acceptable and something you'd get used to and appreciate easily. 
I've also heard great things about the 535lte red. They sound excellent with the baulur mk2 cable upgrade apparently. I had the regular 535. Even after a burn-in the mids were too close, they really grab your attention, it gave me a "wow" factor in the beginning but after about 2-3 weeks I found them to be way too bright. Eventhough the mids were smooth, it became destracting. Sold em immediately.
I found the ue9 to be far pleasing to the ears also. Those are excellent IEMs.
post #25 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DarKen23 View Post

By the way, why aren't you interested in CIEMs? Universal IEMs only take you so far.

The problem is I'm 16 so I haven't fully grown yet, and I would eventually outgrow a custom IEM. In the future I'll definitely get one though.

 

To everyone recommending me the IE80, I'm afraid it won't have enough isolation for me. I should have mentioned this above, I want an IEM with at least decent isolation. So I guess my main options are the SM3/SM64, Westone 4, UM3X, and Shure 535 ltd. btw, has anyone tried the Miles Davis Tributes? They seem to fit my criteria well from what I've read.

post #26 of 29
gr07 bass edition FTW biggrin.gif
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post #28 of 29

Taking your need for isolation into consideration, I can definitely confirm that the ie80 isn't for you. I can't use them anywhere remotely noisy. I haven't heard the GR07 BE yet, but I do like the regular version. It isn't particularly great at isolation either. The Shures excel in that department. 

post #29 of 29

oh, the IE80 with sony hybrids does cancel out a amount of noise (not as much as the ety mc5 but higher than the cx980), and u can get comply to get more isolation! The ie80 with mod is simply awesome

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