Originally Posted by ag8908
I just purchased the shure SE425 (my third expensive headphone in a month, sigh, but this will be the last of it) and I was expecting something in the vicinity of a $300 over the ear headphone. But the SE425s aren't even in the same zip code. No problems with seating either, I played with it for 30 minutes using all sleeves to get that right. This experience reminded of a thread where someone asked if the se535 was similar to the sennheiser hd800 and a person who had tried them both told him the HD800 blows the se535 away. So basically, IEMs are just for vanity / noise isolation right? They're never a preferred choice for sound reproduction are they?
dude there are some REALLY REALLY nice sounding IEMS.
I personally HATE iems for the fit, BUT they are in NO WAY inferior to headphones. Look at any professional artist, all of them wear Custom In Ear Monitors, or literally refrance level iems.
And those very same iems are availible to consumers. iems have just as much potential to sound good [or bad] as their full sized counter parts!
In Fact Senn Hesier has a Flag Ship iem, as does AKG.
my point being, iems are JUST as capable for high fidelity sound reproduction as headphones,
that's like saying a Laptop can't be as power of a computer as a Desktop Pc, both have almost limitless potential the difference is in form factor, and each has it's trade offs. But neither is better than the other. They both have pros and cons, and both function very well in different settings
If you like iems trust me there are some VERY nice ones you can get