Okay just one last thing. Which earphone has better bass transients?
Edited by leadbythemelody - 6/10/14 at 8:15pm
If they are just under the 850's in performance, they are better than the X10's by another order of performance - you should be more than pleased... (I am happy with my 850's now that I found tips that work - hallelujah!)
Stupid Question of the Day:
I'm just now getting back into IEMs after picking up a DX90 for gym/work duty. I have JVC FXZ200, VSonic GR07 BE, and Audio Technica CKS99. The DX90 seems awesome, but I don't believe any of my IEMs match well with it (too revealing?) I'm wondering what I'll think of the FX850 as I, at the moment, don't care for the FXZ200. The FXZ200 is a lot of fun, but as I've become lost down the audio rabbit hole, my tastes have changed. I almost picked up the SE846 until I heard that the FX850 was up to par at less than half the cost. Bass is appreciated, but lack of bass is not acceptable! The FXZ200 has amazing bass, but everything else is thin and artificial sounding. Opinions?
Stupid Question of the Day:
I almost picked up the SE846 until I heard that the FX850 was up to par at less than half the cost. Bass is appreciated, but lack of bass is not acceptable! The FXZ200 has amazing bass, but everything else is thin and artificial sounding. Opinions?
I personally think the 850 holds up to the 846 very well, and is the better phone for my tastes. The 846 is more laid-back, and comes across as too smooth in the highs. Some of the upper mid recession and treble roll off bothered me as well. Also didn't like the tone of the highs as much. (guitars and cymbals sounded off) Another concern is that I find the presentation kind of claustrophobic since its presentation is "in your face", and there isn't enough space between instruments (IMO anyhow). Makes for an immersive listen tho, so if you're coming from other stage monitor type phones it may not bother you as much. Other than that, it's extremely easy on the ears and a pretty well balanced phone. For the money though, I'd pick the Tenore over it every time.
Bass-wise, the 850 plunges deeper than the 846. I ran test tones on them both when I got the 850 in, and that phone goes down to an astounding 13 hz, I think the 846 taps out at around 17 hz. Then again, there's hardly any music that goes that low, so they're comparable in that respect (amplitude being similar across the board in the lows). Note that I don't like the 850 without James' front vent mod since the bass needs attenuation (too reverberant). The 846's bass is less intrusive in that sense I guess. Either way, I'd give the upper hand to the modded 850 though; it probably has the most impactful bass out of anything I've heard to date without coming across as too boomy/sluggish