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I'm sure all the information is in this thread but since I'm lazy and busy I'll ask anyway. I'f I were to buy affordable iem's what should I get? I don't need iem's but I've been thinking about getting a pair anyway. I have my mind set on a certain high end iem's but before that I would like to get an affordable pair as reference before I go all in. Pistons, ostry? What else is there? I have my preferences with soundsignature but those are irrelevant now. I just want something that best shows the potential on inexpensive iem. I've heard my share of good headphones but I've never owned good iem's.
If I could have only one headphone I would prefer quite laid back sound. Slightly bassy, lush mids but some treble presence is also needed. Big soundstage is a huge plus. My main headphones dx1000 and sa-5000 are complete opposites but I enjoy both. I'm just looking for good iem's be those bass, mids or highs oriented... I won't be using these cheap iems much I just want to try out some good affordable iems just to get some perspective how those compare to fullsize headphones.
Thanks for the suggestions. Isolation is important if I stumble upon a pair of iems I like more than Martin Logan Mikros 90. Then those would get actual headtime and I would be using them with my phone with no amp. None of the iem's will have a place in my home setup but I would also like to try out some high impedance iems because my desktop amp has high output impedance. Any affordable high impedance iems around?
I have a lot of headphones but only three get more headtime. I have dx1000 when mediocre sound leakage is allowed, SA5000 when I'm by myself and sound leakage is not a problem and Mikros when I need absolute isolation/portability. I doub't there is an affordable iem that could dethrone dx1000 or sa5000 but if I find a pair to replace Mikros it would be awesome. I'm in no hurry so I could try out plenty of cheap iems over time, just to get more familiar with the world of iems. I plan on upgrading my portable setup and then getting myst nail at some point but before that I just wan't to gather experience with iems so I can truly appreciate the mysts when I finally get those :)
The yuin pk1 are the only high impedance earbuds that come to mind while they aren't iems they are pretty close. The Havi b3 pro I while rated at 32 ohms may be higher impedance since they are power hungry but that is only speculation on my part.