Originally Posted by Mython
I find it curious that some people who own a certain CIEM that they really like, then seek a 'complimentary CIEM' with a substantially different sound signature.
I understand the logic, that there is little point in owning 2 CIEMs that sound almost identical, but there is also a risk with that logic that one seeks 'something different from what I already have', instead of seeking 'something I also really like'.
A compromise would be great, somewhere in the middle of the above 2 scenarios, but I find it difficult enough just to find one CIEM that I really like, so I would always keep seeking the sound signature I really like, rather than trying to find something different from a CIEM I own and like.
It's just a difference in philosophical approach
I think mine is more like trying different sound signatures. Mind you, I am still young and trying to find out what is best for me. When I first joined head fi, I was a die hard analytical/flat tuning fan therefore I did my first purchase (GMp 8.35D). I was incredibly happy with it but during the summer time the closed pads made my ears sweat and it was really suffocating me. Also the isolation was not on the level I desire. Therefore they are on sale now.
I dig more in the rabbits hole and I found out there are custom iems, I learned more about them and understood they have almost no zero resell value but because they are made for your ears, they provide very important advantages: comfort, isolation, fit... The ones I suffered a lot with my previous entry level universal iems. So I went for the top directly considering I won't be able to sell it again. After months of research, demoing, discussing with many valuable people (some of there are here in this thread too, thanks to them again) I decided on SE5way.
It opened new doors for me and for my ears. While I am satisfied perfectly, just like Mim, wanting to try new things is always in my mind. If I was a rich person, audiophile gear manufacturers would love me a lot really So I want to see top tier ciems in different sound signatures and experience which presentation suits me best.
I even want the King of Bass FitEar MH335DW but here in Europe, they are kind of dream. On the other hand, Mim warned me numerous times as they might be too bassy. Still, I am curious how a top tier basshead ciem can sound without turning into low end consumer oriented bassy iems (many mainstream iems that you can find in your regular electronics shops).
EM32, apparently, sits on U shaped sound signature, a bit like NT6 pros I think. It is obvious with only 3 drivers, Frank Lopez created a small miracle in here. Maybe to try that kind of presentation, I can't find a better alternative than EM32? Plus, they are just next door to me, after I finish this master, I can even visit their lab in France