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IEM with huge soundstage, forward mids, detail and clarity

post #1 of 31
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Hello,

 

I'm looking for an iem with huge soundstage, but with forward mids/vocals and also must have good clarity/resolution and details. In terms of bass I'm looking for something that's neutral. The treble must have some sparkle and good treble extension but never harsh/sibilant. I listen to pretty much any types of music ranging from rock, metal, post rock, alternative rock, vocals, jazz, math rock, shoegazer, classical, piano, pop, rap, hip hop etc. Because some of the music i listen to can be quite complex so imaging and instrument seperation must also be good.

 

Also good isolation and comfort is a must.

 

Budget below $500.

 

Thanks. 


Edited by Love Music - 10/25/13 at 1:15am
post #2 of 31
Thread Starter 

Bump

post #3 of 31
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Bump

post #4 of 31
I would suggest checking out Grado Gr-10.
post #5 of 31
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. Any more recommendations?

post #6 of 31

The biggest soundstage in an IEM that I know of is the Sennheiser IE8, but it might have too much bass for you. Also consider the UE900 and Westone 4.

post #7 of 31
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions. I have tried the UE900 before it was a really good iem but in the end I returned it because sometimes vocals sounded too distant and hollow. 

post #8 of 31

Bumping this thread as I'm also in the market to replace my lovely pair of Phonak PFE112s (had them for 2+ years now). They sound great and tick most of the boxes here, barring the wide soundstage (there's more depth than breadth); but I think my pair are dying a very slow and painful death soon.

 

Tried the UE900 too and I concur that not only do vocals sound hollow, there is also that unmistakable "mud" ever present in a lot of the commercial-sounding IEMs of late.

 

I find that the Westone 4 comes close but it's still very unrefined and not as smooth compared to the Phonaks.

 

Tried the K3003i too. While it's a very nice pair of IEMs, the bass-heavy balance of the AKG just doesn't make it go well with portable devices.

 

From my experience, it's also safe to say that Shure SE-series can be ruled out too. The balance just isn't there.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

post #9 of 31
I'll repeat myself — have you tried Grado GR-10? I find them very balanced and refined.
post #10 of 31
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 9VARZ View Post
 

Bumping this thread as I'm also in the market to replace my lovely pair of Phonak PFE112s (had them for 2+ years now). They sound great and tick most of the boxes here, barring the wide soundstage (there's more depth than breadth); but I think my pair are dying a very slow and painful death soon.

 

Tried the UE900 too and I concur that not only do vocals sound hollow, there is also that unmistakable "mud" ever present in a lot of the commercial-sounding IEMs of late.

 

I find that the Westone 4 comes close but it's still very unrefined and not as smooth compared to the Phonaks.

 

Tried the K3003i too. While it's a very nice pair of IEMs, the bass-heavy balance of the AKG just doesn't make it go well with portable devices.

 

From my experience, it's also safe to say that Shure SE-series can be ruled out too. The balance just isn't there.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

Just wondering have you ever tried any of the FAD heaven iem's?

post #11 of 31

when i had my hisoundaudio daps, the W4 was superb, balanced, smooth, spacious.

some synergy needed betw the gears as usual. 

sold all since..:P

post #12 of 31
Thread Starter 

OK so after some research i've narrowed it down to SM64, FAD Heaven V, FAD Heaven VI and maybe W4 (not sure of this one though).

post #13 of 31
Thread Starter 

I think I will pass on the GR-10 since there doesn't seem to be much reviews on them here and the ones I have read upon doesn't really seem to fit my preferences. They also seem to be much more expensive than the other choices.

post #14 of 31
Heaven VI fits your needs
post #15 of 31
Thread Starter 

What are the difference between the Heaven V and VI? The V are quite a bit cheaper.

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