I'm wanting to jump on the IEM bandwagon and would appreciate some advice.
The only iem I have is a very old Sennheiser CX 300. I bought this before I cared about how my music sounded.
Since then, I've gotten into mid-fi more and have purchased some headphones and an amp/dac:
- Samson SR850 (almost identical to Superlux 688b)
- Takstar Pro 80
- Audio Technica ATH-AD900x
- Fiio E07k
I listen to a lot of soundtracks (Gladiator, Last Samurai, etc.), classical/instrumental, R&B and pop (especially pop ballads). A little bit of rock, but mostly soft rock. No metal, dance, rap.
I like the airy and analytical sound and open soundstage of AD900x for soundtracks and classical/instrumental, but prefer the Pro 80 for pop ballads, R&B and rock.
I find the CX 300 to be quite bad with bloaty bass and lack of soundstage. So I'm wanting to ditch the CX 300 and get something better.
What can you recommend?
Ideally I'd like an 'all-in-one', veering towards 'musicality' rather than 'analytic'. Perhaps something that will be a good complement to the Penon IEM as I will be buying from Penonaudio and will be picking up the 'free gift' $9.99 IEM along with whichever China IEM I choose.
Any advice would be appreciated!
I only discovered this thread 2 days ago and have read about the last 50 pages. Am tossing up between the ones being spoken highly of here: Xioami Piston 2.0, T1E (am leaning towards this one), Havi B3 Pro (old version), VSD3S, KC06/KC06A (getting a bit over budget and will have to be significantly better for me to choose to get these).
Budget, ideally, is between $40-60.
TBH your best best is probably the Havis especially since you already have an amp available. For soundtracks these things are freakin unbelievable due to the clarity/separation + soundstage. I haven't got my t1e in yet but I plan on using them as a "fun" iem while I'm doing other stuff and listening to metal probably... Any time I'm listening to anything else I always pick up the Havi over most everything else I have (even my Dunu 2k a lot of the time...)
Seriously, EVERYONE should own the Havis. I (and many oithers here) are totally in love with them