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Hybrid IEM for metal music

post #1 of 14
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Hi! I need some advice on choosing high end IEM for my tastes.

I am looking for an endgame hybrid IEM for metal music. I am listening mostly to black metal, viking metal, some doom metal and sometimes some acoustic\neofolk\ambient. I prefer dark sound signature so I want something with recessed highs, sibilance free without any peaks at 5-6 KHz. I auditioned UM Merlin and while I really liked their bass I just can't stand their brightness. Actually the bass of Merlin is the reason why I want hybrids now. My portable sources are HiFiMAN HM-801 and Altmann Tera-Player. I am not sure yet if I should go for universal or custom IEM. Any ideas?

post #2 of 14

You may want to wait until the Sony XBA-H3 comes out:

http://www.sony.co.uk/product/hps-in-ear-performance/xba-h3

post #3 of 14
I would suggest you look at the SE846. Not a hybred but the low pass filter gives a great bass response with polite treble. Opeth and Dream Theater as well as Black Sabath sound great on them. PM me if you any further questions.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by SoulSyde View Post
 

You may want to wait until the Sony XBA-H3 comes out:

http://www.sony.co.uk/product/hps-in-ear-performance/xba-h3

Thanks! But why do you think that those will be a dark sounding IEM's? Any reviews yet?

post #5 of 14
Not hybrid, but maybe the ie80.
post #6 of 14

No reviews that I've seen yet.  If you want dark you really may not want a hybrid.  Maybe you can find something in the Basshead thread?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/573826/the-basshead-club

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by azel831 View Post

Not hybrid, but maybe the ie80.

No, those are terrible in my opinion. I am looking for something of much higher quality. Something like UM Merlin but without any brightness.

post #8 of 14

Maybe these?

http://www.futuresonics.com/FSmg6proearmonitors.html

 

My older Atrios were so damn dark.  The bass extension was sublime, in fact the best I have ever heard in an IEM.  

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by SoulSyde View Post
 

No reviews that I've seen yet.  If you want dark you really may not want a hybrid.  Maybe you can find something in the Basshead thread?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/573826/the-basshead-club

I don't really want a basshead IEM. I don't want an overwhelming bass, thats for sure. I want an IEM with dynamic bass driver because I don't like the BA drivers bass, not the quantity but the quality of it. And I want it to be combined with high details of BA drivers on the mids and a little recessed or neutral highs without any peaks. Thats why I am thinking about hybrids.

post #10 of 14

it sounds like you basically want the IEM version of the AIAIAI TMA-1.  If anyone can recommend an IEM similar to this headphone you're good to go.

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
The headphones I really like are Sennheiser HD-650 and Audez'e LCD-3 actually. The only IEM I have currently is the Monster Turbine Pro Gold. I kinda like it but would like an upgrade in terms of general quality, sound stage etc.
post #12 of 14
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What about such models like FitEar ToGo! 334, Tralucent Audio 1plus2, Rhapsodio RDB V1, Aurisonics ASG-2 hybrid universals? Will those fit my tastes?

post #13 of 14
I can't help with any of those. Since I've never heard any of them my opinions would be purely anecdotal.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by WiCKed666 View Post
 

What about such models like FitEar ToGo! 334, Tralucent Audio 1plus2, Rhapsodio RDB V1, Aurisonics ASG-2 hybrid universals? Will those fit my tastes?

 

 

FitEar TG!334 is a BA-drivers IEM and is very picky with their source.

I've read some user reviews that the Altman TP will change their sound-sig by rolling-off the bass, so you might wanna cross that out.

I sold my AK100 as the 22Ohm OI screws the bass of the 334.

 

Of the 3 hybrids, I've only auditioned the 1p2 and ASG-2.

From your sound preference, I'm incline to suggest the ASG-2 for you

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