Originally Posted by Shikarikato
I've been looking around for IEMs and I'm really poor with interpreting information so I decided to make a thread. I listen to classical mainly (80%+ of my playlist) and I was looking to spend around ~$100 on IEMS. I saw some good things about Westone W4 and IE 80s, but are they worth the steep increase to $300? I don't really plan to buy another pair of IEMs for a long time so I'd rather get higher quality in the beginning rather than much farther in the future. I can increase my budget if it seems like the quality is justifiable. If it matters I mainly have violin solos so a crisp treble matters quite a lot.
Worth - pretty subjective stuff right there. No one can really tell you whether or not the incremental changes will warrant the financial costs - that's left up to you and you alone. Personally I would fish around for cheaper things to wet your feet with, get a sense of what you might like or not like.
I realize that people try to jump the shark and get this all over with - they don't hold pleasure towards spending big bucks playing around with this stuff. A perspective that I think this forum is sorely lacking out on. But on the other hand, when you make the investment in time and effort to do something, you really might as well do it right, or not do it at all. That's where the garnering of experience comes in, and that's where the spending comes in.
It seems like you're very much beheld to your views from the start - and want us to convince you otherwise, that this is all justifiable. But only you have the power to convince yourself on this.
I'm going to address the "but I don't have anywhere to try these things out". That being said, it still might prove advantageous to try and find a store around that might let you demo things. Even the big-box stores work well for this, just ask nicely - I've asked around at Best Buy (they have the IE80 for demo at some of the US branches), the likes - some want to not spend the effort and say that it's against the rules, some won't. One would have to take the initiative on this one.
But of course, plenty of us aren't as blessed to live in an area where that's feasible, and cost in gas for the ride to a store would outweigh the costs of the darned IEMs.
And now back to the IEMs - the W4 and IE80 might not be as crisp as you might be wanting - the EX600/1000 do a lot better in that respect, especially with regard to timbre for instruments and monitoring.