This is a hobby, enjoy it!
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This is a hobby, enjoy it!
I've had an “open-back” earphone (the IE8) for almost 5 years, and other than pulling it out (every now and then) for a comparative listen, I don't have any use for it. I'm not going to drive in city traffic, do outside work, or run errands with my IE8 on. In those situations, I need to focus and monitor my environment. These days, I jog in front of the big screen with surround sound.
In the big truck on the open road (which is like kicking back in a lounge chair), I have the 846 (which turns engine and wind noise into a faint whisper). And then the music plays.....
Oh yeah. Good stuff this Chicago. Minus the snow and temps...
Being in Chicago also makes me that much more tempted to look into the Sensaphonics custom sleeves. They are right on Milwaukee Ave.
Open headphones in public's time has come. And as another poster mentioned, HE-6s should be a perfect match for an iPhone.
So, just yesterday I ordered these. The steep price made me instantly feel a twinge of regret. Right away! Maybe it was a stab. Ahhh! Oh well, hopefully their performance soothes it away. Went with the 3-day shipping, so it won't be long.
I have long been satisfied with my my formerly high-end (now midrange?) gear. Minibox E+, Ety ER-4P IEMs (with the S switch and bass boost on, usually), and a pair of Beyer DT880 full-sizers. I was determined to be satisfied for years more to come. I hadn't been here much over the past few years and my upgraditis had (mostly) receded. Then the Etys broke (my fault, btw). Oh noes! My first thought was to just replace them with another pair of ER4s. But no. I had to go looking around to see what's come onto the scene since I last checked. So many IEMs have been introduced that I quickly became overwhelmed with potential research. I could see getting lost in it forever and never reaching a decision. Meanwhile, you know, trees grow and die, tectonic plates drift, and life generally goes by. So I decided to rule out a huge swath of potential candidates to replace my beloved Etys. I figured I'd reduce my research time and cut the potentially-resurgent upgraditis off at the knees by going straight to the top. And, perhaps ironically, I would save money in the long term; one great IEM rather than a long succession of lesser models. I know I am weak.
So, I ordered the Shures from Earphone Solutions and even took advantage of the ongoing deal for a free set of PFE122s. Is it absurd to think of a $120 pair of 'phones as your casual "just-push'em-in-the-pocket" set?
Shall I do an SE846 vs. PFE122 comparo/smackdown? I'll tell you, if the 122s don't get shamed, I'm going to be pretty embarrassed.
Yes, I imagine it will be quite different. Long ago, I owned a set of UM2s and loved the bass thump they were able to deliver. But I could just never coax enough detail out of them and much preferred the Etys. I could equalize the Etys like a madman and make them get sorta close to the UM2-style bass, but never truly give it as much authority. I'm hoping/expecting the 846 to give me the sound I want, or something really close to it. I read up on a lot of other high-end UIEMs and it sounded like the 846 would be the best choice for me.
I believe it was you who said, in another thread, that the 846 delivers more than neutral bass as a way of delivering the feel of bass in live music. This is exactly what I want. I don't want it to be overwhelming, but a little "boosted" bass might actually present bass more naturally.
I think the SE846 isn't much less of a bang for the buck quite honestly.