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Custom IEMS comparable to cans?

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I currently own a pair of ATH-M50's, and they are the best things I've ever heard. I'm looking to upgrade, and am looking into custom IEMS. The 1964-V6 has really caught my eye. I know these are much more expensive, but can they really compete with a full sized headphone? Will I even notice a difference?
post #2 of 8

Simple answer is yes. IMO CIEMs are comparable to full-size cans. I have a low end CIEM in my JH5 and with my transportable system I would rank it as high as my home system (in enjoyment at least).

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While I agree in principle that IEM's can be as good as a full-sized headphone, there's still a difference.  Think speakers vs. headphones and that may give you the picture.  There's certain things that a speaker can do that headphones can't - even with totally equal response curves.  It's the same with IEM's - you will be able to find some that have deeper bass than many headphones, but they're still "different."

 

"Different" isn't bad - far from it - just "different." wink.gif

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So would those iem's sound better than my m50's?
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Originally Posted by firestar4430 View Post

So would those iem's sound better than my m50's?

Hard to tell ... maybe you should try speakers, instead.very_evil_smiley.gif

 

Sorry - I just couldn't resist that.  Maybe I should just say different is different ... re-read my post above.wink.gif  IMHO, it's kind of like asking, "Does a piano sound better than a guitar?"

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Well if you have a Taylor 914ce against a upright piano, I think everyone would agree that the Taylor is better. Lol. I hopethey sound better, I think I'm going to order them.
post #7 of 8

I struggled with this too.  I have a pair of Ultrasone Signature Pros - absolutely love them. But they are not always practical.  I just purchased the Ultrasone IQs - pure joy. I literally joined the forum today, and am by no means an audiophile.  But I was struck by the above post that kept using the word "different".  The sound from my IEMs is glorious - and different from my full size set.  IMHO, one can be very satisfied, or even ecstatic, with a good pair of IEMs. I am :)

post #8 of 8

The Tralucent 1plus2 is a universal IEM that sounds more like an open can than anything else. 

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