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Closed headphones vs IEM?

post #1 of 5
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Are IEM better than closed headphones for portable music for the same price? (If we take a B&W P7 against a Shure SE535 / Westone 4R for example which are both mobile headphones / earphones around the same price)

post #2 of 5

They're just different. IEMs in my opinion can give an immersive sound, but you lose the relaxed, more spacious sound coming from full size not to mention comfort for some. 

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Originally Posted by squallkiercosa View Post
 

They're just different. IEMs in my opinion can give an immersive sound, but you lose the relaxed, more spacious sound coming from full size not to mention comfort for some. 

So, a $400 closed headphone will sound better than my Shure SE535? 

post #4 of 5

As I stated, the sound is different, One comes from inside the head the others from outside. Isolation is different, comfort is different. I can't compare my w4r against the momentum or the LCD-2...

post #5 of 5
I have had a lot of both, and if an iem could sound identical to a full sized, you wouldn't register it as the same. Technically BA drivers are significantly faster than dynamic...so there's that, but what is most important is which you're going to have on/in your ears 24/7.
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