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need recommendation IEM or closed headphones

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Hi,

 

I'm using earsonic sm3 v2, now. Then, i need to buy new iem for replace sm3. I was quite satisfied with sm3, but i felt it has less bass, and small sound stage for me. so, i want little bit of more bass and bigger sound stage.

 

I found some earphones, and headphones.

 

They are

 

sony xba-h3

 

ie800(used one)

 

s-em6(i heard that it has bigger sound stage that sm3, and more and deeper bass than sm3, but it is out of my price range, now) 

 

or

 

I'm thinking about B&W P7, too.

 

and, i'm gonna use it with my iphone, and ipad.

 

Thanks,

post #2 of 2

If the perception of sound stage is important to you, you should consider over-ear headphones over IEM's.  The word perception is important here.  You will read reviews of IEM's with claims of a wide sound stage.  Be wary.  The best sound stage is found in open back full size headphones.  Closing off the back of a full size phone, or sticking the source of the sound only millimeters from your ear drum reduces the perception of sound stage.  If portability is important (commuting etc.), and isolation from outside noise is a factor in your decision, you will be hard pressed to find an over-ear that meets all these needs.  I have the B&W P7's...my favorite headphones.  But, they are large.  Portable?  For me, no.  They stay at home with my iPad.

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