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I'm not enjoying my ue900.... What should I get instead?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

I bought ue900 and am disappointed.

 

Even for the price I bought them for (169 pounds), they don't sound that good at all. I find them boomy, bloated, too bright (personal experience of a non-audiophile). I've been tinkering with equalizer and used different tips (the ones supplied with IEMs as well as sony hybrids).

 

 

Couple of years ago I had RE0 which were far superior to the UE900 I have now (ridiculous, I know). They were clean, the separation was amazing, and most important of all - the clarity was top notch. My only gripe with them was the lack of bass.

 

Now, I might return the ue900 if I find a decent substitute. My upper limit is 250 euros, unless I find a mind blowing set of headphones for a bit more.

 

What I'm looking for is something like the RE0, but with more bass. I heard that RE400 and RE600 improved in that aspect - the RE400 currently stand at around 100 dollars, which is amazing. RE600 are unfortunately too expensive at 400 dollars.

post #2 of 8

First off, what type of music do you primarily listen to?  I'd say going on your experience with the RE0, your best bet would be to try out the RE-400 first.  Compared to the UE900 (and this is based on what I've read as I've not heard them myself), you will loose a bit of sound stage, treble sparkle and of course warmth and bass presence.  They'll be less boomy and bloated from the sound of it - they're quite transparent but still with more warmth and bass compared to the RE0.  The pricetag on the RE-600 doesn't warrant the steep increase in price IMO, unless you are pairing them with a serious portable setup from what I read.  The RE-400 will sound great right out of your Clip+.  You can read a bit more on the two in this short 'tour' thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/674031/hifiman-re600-vs-re400-tour-thread

 

One of the biggest complaints with the RE-400 is the cable, which overall I found better than that of my former RE-ZERO...so if the RE0 cable was not a problem to you then you need not worry.  I'd also recommend checking out joker's IEM thread:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-302-iems-compared-1964ears-v6-stage-added-11-12-13-p-806

 

A wealth of info on IEMs there, and you can compare with other sets in your budget accordingly to what you've heard already.  I don't have a ton of experience with IEMs personally, but I can recommend the RE-400 - a very good value for sound quality at it's price point.

post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by KOMAN View Post
 

The Sony EX1000, JVC FX700(heavy deep reverbing bass but still very crisp clear sounding), Westone 4 and ATH-CK100Pro are great sounding.

Of those I've heard the Westone 4 and the EX1000, both of which would be very good contenders to consider, but the EX1000 is discontinued so it may be harder to find.  The EX1000 is a very enjoyable listen, and you could also consider the EX600 as well.  I'd have also suggested reading up on the former HiFiMan flagship, RE-272 but those are also discontinued.  I'm considering getting a Westone 4R myself for a more extended listen...but also considering a cIEM as well.  Decisions... :p 

post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post
 

Of those I've heard the Westone 4 and the EX1000, both of which would be very good contenders to consider, but the EX1000 is discontinued so it may be harder to find.  The EX1000 is a very enjoyable listen, and you could also consider the EX600 as well.  I'd have also suggested reading up on the former HiFiMan flagship, RE-272 but those are also discontinued.  I'm considering getting a Westone 4R myself for a more extended listen...but also considering a cIEM as well.  Decisions... :p 

i heard the weston 4r had that very punchy midbass that seems to fit the bill here with a little of the treble spike in the mid treble

detachable cable too (YEA YEA) lol sorry and their fit is sorta but completely similar

 

no personal experience 

 

heres someone that actually have experience with them 

 

ue900 review

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi7enGLNCIo

 

weston 4r

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqATZOU1ZeI

post #5 of 8

Steer clear of W4 if you find UE900 bass bloated and boomy.

 

Maybe try Ety ER4P

post #6 of 8

To me those descriptions sound more in line with what I've read of the W3 - from what I recall, the W4 was fairly linear.  It has been almost a year since I heard them last, so who knows how accurate my impression is :o The W4 'reads' like a really great IEM in reviews but I definitely need a more in-depth listen before I make any real assessments.  I hope that the same member returns to the next local meet in January with his W4 so I can spend some more time with them.  There will also be a UE900 there as well as the new Shure SE846 with another member :D 

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

It sucks that none of the IEMs you guys suggest are within the price range :( I got the ue900 for 169 pounds (50% off on logitech site), which is why I'm looking into something similar. I guess I'll get rid of these and stick around, see if any deals pop up during black friday/cyber monday.

post #8 of 8

Well, the RE-400 is where I'd recommend you start since you had a good experience with the RE0 - they retain the HiFiMan 'house sound' and build off of that in a positive way.  I doubt you'll be disappointed with them honestly - I listen to them almost every day.  Disregarding the discontinued models (sorry to stray off topic) the Westone 4 can be had for under $300 USD, and the JVC FX700 for around $200 USD.  You may find some good deals during the holidays too.  The Etymotic ER4P mentioned usually goes for about @200 USD as well, and the popular HF5 model that is comparable to the RE-400 IMO is currently available for $100 USD.  I would also suggest looking into the Vsonic VC1000 as another comparable IEM to the RE-400, which usually runs about $120 USD.  I can't say how availability will be for you in the UK for any of these, but I do know there should be distribution for at least HiFiMan and Vsonic.

 

Edit:  Also add the Westone 2 to your consideration list - those can often be found sub-$200 USD range.

 

I'd also like to reiterate that I highly recommend reading through joker's IEM reviews::

 

http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone-list/#

 

His impressions are typically spot on and at least for me have proven invaluable to helping decide on what direction to go when deciding.


Edited by modulor - 11/14/13 at 8:42am
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