Originally Posted by music101
What do you think is motivating the hype train?
Or, is it the case that manuf. are finally figuring out how to produce hi fidelity IEM's at the sub $100 price piont consistently?
Nor a rhetorical question, I'm legitimately interested.
I think you're probably right on that. Not sure whether it equates to technology, tuning, or what, but it seems like a lot of lesser known but capable manufacturers (by which I mean the Vsonics, Brainwavz, Ostry, Zero, etc. rather than the Shures, Senns, JVCs, Sonys, etc), are making strides in those areas. I think if anything gets consistent hype from respected head-fiers like Joker, Kova, ClieOS, and even Jude or Tyll, there's probably something to that. Like I said, everyone looks for something different from an IEM or Headphone. Some might love a warm, sweet sound, while another wants a cold and analytical. Some may want a bright upper end, while others are horrified by it. For instance, sardar hated the MH1, while it's one of the most consistently recommended IEMS.
The hype train can get a little crazy sometimes, but when an IEM is generally seen as very good, despite not being perfect (as no IEM in any price range is) I think it speaks more to the fact that manufacturers are getting better than that people are just riding the rails on that hype train.