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Life after Hippo VB...what next?

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Hi Guys

I've had a pair of Hippo VB for a long time now and still highly regard them for their bass thump, which I always have the bassiest plate set.

I do however want to try the next level of IEM, hoping I can retain the bass of my Hippo VB but enhance clarity across the spectrum?

Can you guys help?

Budget: Approx £200
DAP: Sansa Clip+
Source: 320 bitrate MP3
Genre: Techno / house

I've read a little on the Sennheiser IE80 on this site but cannot find a direct comparison with the Hippo VB. Likewise, Monster Turbines and I think Atrios? All appear to be worthy - but I await everyones input.

I'm cautious of spending £200 and being disappointed when comparing to my beloved Hippo....so theres always the option of keeping them and not 'upgrading' smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by oHUTCHYo - 5/12/13 at 12:44pm
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First off - just in case you haven't noticed, you can ask questions on here as well - http://www.head-fi.org/t/596233/buying-portable-or-in-ear-headphones-seeking-guidance-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-279-iems-compared-audio-technica-ckm500-added-05-01-13-p-678

 

The IE80s can get similarly bassy to the VBs - although I wasn't actually aware of people going on up to the max bass plates, kudos - but the presentation is more like the Hippos in that there's more of a focus on body and warmth, so clarity isn't exactly emphasized further. They are more proficient so in the long run you are going to get a tad bit more clarity. Though I would look more towards the Atrios if you do want an extra push in terms of perceived clarity, out of the lot.

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