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EPH-100 - Gutted: a dilemma.

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So, a month ago, my beloved EPH-100s bit the dust and the right-hand side fell silent. I returned them to the supplier and chased up 4 weeks later.

 

"They're discontinued," he said.

 

"They're WHAT?!" I said.

 

"We'll give you a credit note for the original price."

 

Damn. So, I couldn't get a like-for-like replacement, I had to choose from their limited earphone lineup (note to self, choose iHeadphones next time, regardless of price!), so I took a wild stab in the dark and replaced them with the Denon AH-C301, as I had read they were a bit of a base monster. That is the case, but nowhere near as tight as the Yamahas, and my God are they an awkward fit, I just cannot get a seal, no matter what I try (and they come with a metric f-load of tips).

 

I know EPH-100s can still be found, but if they fail as well then I'm back to square one. I need to focus my attention on another top pair for bass, clarity and isolation (I spend a lot of time on the London Underground).

 

So, if you had to replace your EPH-100s with an equal performer, what would it be?

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I considered the EPH-100 but never purchased it. However I've tried a few other bass heavy IEMs I've been happy with.

The future sonics atrio mg7 is a dynamic driver like the EPH-100 and has really clear bass as well as prominent highs. There's a peak around 3-5k that can be sibilant to me on some tracks though. Out of production though so i don't think it matters to you.

Sony XBA-2 is very similar in sound to the atrio even though its dual balanced armatures. That is to say, its bassy and has great low end extension, but isn't warm and doesn't have bloated midbass. Same emphasized treble too. These are still for sale.

Westone 3: compared to the XBA-2 they are more detailed in the highs, and a lot warmer, meaning the bass boost is extended out to the midrange and if can sound muddy at times.

You can go to goldenears (en.goldenears.net) and look for IEMs that have a similar frequency response to the EPH-100. I find their charts pretty representative of the actual sound. You may want to look at the Klipsch S4, Sennheiser IE60, or Shure SE215.
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