I'm choosing my first audiophile IEM soon! Actually, it is the second. My first was a set of Merlins but i had to sell them away to my cousin.Somehow, I found it to be overly bassy. The overall sound signature is nice and smooth and I liked it a lot. I have tried to EQ the signature to reduce the bass strength a little but I found that to be counter productive - getting a bassy CIEM only to EQ it away?
I've owned a GR02 and GR07 bass editions, Soundmagic E30, Sony MH1C and SE215. I like most of of them especially the bass impact that I felt and that kind of led me to think that I really like a bassy CIEM like merlins. On hindsight, it could be because I've only tried dynamic drivers thus far. I've read that most dynamic drivers have quite good and impactful bass response.Out of all the IEMs that I've owned, I find myself constantly rotating between the GR02 BE and GR07BE. For me, they seem to present the music in a musical and enjoyable manner that the rest just can't replicate.
Now with my merlin gone, I'm craving for an audiophile IEM again. This time, I'm consulting you guys here about what to get next. The sound signature that I'm chasing after is as follows
1. Good, punchy low end
2. Clear, detailed mids
3. Crisp and detailed high end (This is a little problematic. I can't stand it if it is too sparkly)
4. Overall, "full" sounding (mid-bass hump?) and decent soundstage
5. A set that is musical in nature, as opposed to analytical
As of now my options for customs locally will be UM, Rooth, Lear, Noble and Heir. It can also be some good universals that you guys think will fit my taste. My source is now a Fiio X3 and E12. I have also narrowed down some of my options to the following, but you guys are welcome to recommend others too!
1. Heir 5.0
2. Westone 4r
3. Shure SE535
4. Westone UM3x
5. Heir 4. Ai
Thanks a lot guys! Hope to hear from you all soon!
Edited by Artem - 10/24/13 at 5:14am