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Finding my dream Heavy Metal IEM.

post #1 of 12
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Hello Head-Fi community.
I'm looking for some IEM that satisfy my needs, and I hope this wonderful community can help me to narrow my path.

 

I'm looking for IEM capable of handling almost EVERY Heavy Metal genre.
Heavy Metal/Hard Rock is the genre I listen to most, but in case it helps, here are some bands I listen: Dream Theater, Megadeth, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Machine Head, Children of Bodhom, Symphony X, Deep Purple, Bon Jovi (don't laugh), Alter Bridge, King Crimson, Versailles. 

The other thing I'm looking for is a price range of 100$ to 150$. I must say I really don't know if im a bass head or not, but one thing I'm sure is that the BEST IEM I have ever own in my entire life had something a punchy bass, namely the Sony Mdr-ed12lp. 

 

I plan on using them over my Ipod, Iphone and Ipad.
Noise isolation is a must since I will use them while travelling on bus, subway, plane and really crowded areas.

 

Last but not least, I live outside the USA, and shopping online is something im not made for, since I like to see the product im buying and getting them on a real store (helps with taxes too), therefore looking It is not a condition, however do not hesitate suggesting headphones for big companies (and sometimes over raed/over priced) such like Sony, Sennheiser, Bose (don't kill me), AKG, etc.
I'm saying this last thing cause I'm pretty sure that vsonics, and Logitech Ultimate Ears will surely pop up in the suggestions, however finding them in my country is something that requires online shopping.

Hope you can help me with some suggestions.
Thanks for your time, have a nice day.

 

(One last thing, does Shure SE215 fills this conditions?)


Edited by ChaosAngel - 7/23/13 at 2:49pm
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
Help, someone?
post #3 of 12
Have you seen this review list?

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-290-iems-compared-earsonics-sm64-added-07-23-13-p-735

Great way to get ideas for what IEMs you might like.
post #4 of 12
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I did and i narrowed some options, however I do not know if the author listen similar music to what I listen.
I wanted to see if someone with similar tastes can come up with an even more narrowed path.
post #5 of 12
I think you should focus on the sound signature you want. What one person wants in a headphone for a specific genre of music can be different from another. My son likes Ultrasone HFI-780s for Metallica because of their extra bass emphasis. I prefer Grado SR225is because of the better transient response and more forward mids.

So since you want to buy in a store, pick a set of IEMs from that list of reviews that seems to have the type of sound signature you want, buy them and try them out (find a store with a good return policy). That at least would give you a baseline for reading those reviews and for deciding if you want more or less bass/treble/mid range/soundstage/clarity.
post #6 of 12

Dude, are you that chaosangel guy on youtube who used to uploaded lots of touhou metal? Man, where have you been?

 

You really need to consider importing because you are missing out the goodies. Within $150 for metal, only JVC HA-FXT90 and Vsonic GR07 come to my mind, both have good bass control and extended treble for rock/metal enjoyment, fxt90 is more forwarded while GR07 is more laid-back . Shure SE215 has more bass quantity, but not as controled compare to the above IEMs, also the treble is rolled off so its more fitting for pop/rap/dance/edm

Other than that I don't know any IEMs model from mentioned brands in your post fits your need

 

joker listens to a lot of metal, though I dont know if he shares similar taste with you, so you might want to ask him


Edited by FrequencyBlue - 7/23/13 at 11:10pm
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by FrequencyBlue View Post

Dude, are you that chaosangel guy on youtube who used to uploaded lots of touhou metal? Man, where have you been?

You really need to consider importing because you are missing out the goodies. Within $150 for metal, only JVC HA-FXT90 and Vsonic GR07 come to my mind, both have good bass control and extended treble for rock/metal enjoyment, fxt90 is more forwarded while GR07 is more laid-back . Shure SE215 has more bass quantity, but not as controled compare to the above IEMs, also the treble is rolled off so its more fitting for pop/rap/dance/edm
Other than that I don't know any IEMs model from mentioned brands in your post fits your need

joker listens to a lot of metal, though I dont know if he shares similar taste with you, so you might want to ask him

Yes, I am that Youtube user. I have been busing with many RL stuff that has kept me away from Touhou Music.
Vsonic's have popped out everywhere I go, and every thread I read. They really must be one good choice, I'll consider them importing somehow.
Thanks for your suggestions.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I think you should focus on the sound signature you want. What one person wants in a headphone for a specific genre of music can be different from another. My son likes Ultrasone HFI-780s for Metallica because of their extra bass emphasis. I prefer Grado SR225is because of the better transient response and more forward mids.

So since you want to buy in a store, pick a set of IEMs from that list of reviews that seems to have the type of sound signature you want, buy them and try them out (find a store with a good return policy). That at least would give you a baseline for reading those reviews and for deciding if you want more or less bass/treble/mid range/soundstage/clarity.

I will actually try to make it the other way around.
To see what is available on stores and then check the review. I think it will save a lot of time.
Problem is that, in my country it does not exist return policy, at least with IEM.
once you get them, you are stuck with them.
post #9 of 12
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I will actually try to make it the other way around.
To see what is available on stores and then check the review. I think it will save a lot of time.
Problem is that, in my country it does not exist return policy, at least with IEM.
once you get them, you are stuck with them.

Can you try them in the store? Even a few minutes with an IEM would tell you much more than what you can get from reading forum posts and online reviews.

And if you can't return them and you can't listen to them, doesn't seem much benefit in buying locally instead of online.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Can you try them in the store? Even a few minutes with an IEM would tell you much more than what you can get from reading forum posts and online reviews.

And if you can't return them and you can't listen to them, doesn't seem much benefit in buying locally instead of online.

I can't try them at the store due to health security issues.
Touché on your second point.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


Can you try them in the store? Even a few minutes with an IEM would tell you much more than what you can get from reading forum posts and online reviews.

And if you can't return them and you can't listen to them, doesn't seem much benefit in buying locally instead of online.

He can get better warranty service though (maybe)

post #12 of 12
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He can get better warranty service though (maybe)

Yeah. But I was thinking about the Vsonics you recommended. I think they are generally only available online.
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