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From Sennheiser CX300 to IE80 to InEar SD3, but not yet satiated; almost, but not quite. Where to next?
Squallkiercosa, that did indeed make me laugh!
I totally see your point, and it could probably have been quite apposite with regard to my own situation, however, my expectations I do not think are that high. I would be most satisfied indeed if I could find a comfortable option with a similar bass sound to the IE80's and the rest similar to the SD3's.
Unlike you audiophiles I am basing my modest expectations on the properties of only three earphones that I have ever heard, therefore, they cannot be too high, surely?
Anyway, today I believe that I have moved forward toward concluding my search. I have narrowed it down to only two options. 1. InEar do indeed manufacture a custom earphone called the the LivePro 3 which should have the benefit of a good fit, and offers a bass adjustment. I have written to the company asking about the sound signature compared to the SD3 and whether the bass adjustment would have any material impact. If the answer is affirmative then that would be the obvious solution. OK they are 1100/1200 dollars, a little more than anticipated, but they just might be my journey's end.
Option 2. Having studied the '309 earphone reviews' by Joker, who seems to be a sage in these parts, I thought I might just bite the bullet and and go straight to the top and buy the JH Audio JH13 as they have been given such a high score. You see, my rationale being that this journey's end is as much about psychology as it is about aural fidelity to me. If this is the top of the tree earphone, then I will have to get used to the sound signature and be happy as there is nothing better. I shall walk away from this project contented.
Thank you for your humorous reply, it was much appreciated.
I do own a pair of cx300-ii, I tried the IE80 once, and I have an idea of what you might want. I also own the W4R which are quite nice, refined but not fun enough. The first thing that came to my mind were the TF10, but those will be even worse than the Senns in terms of comfort. The GR07BE are also a good choice, but they share a common shape with the IE so they're out. I read (I haven't heard any of those) good things about the Westone um30pro and the w3. Can't really help you.
Thank you for that info squallkiercosa, but I may have taken you in the wrong direction. It is not the IE80 that have a fitting problem, rather the SD3's, which I have now returned. I have read-up on some of those you mention, but I really do not want to get in to this bug you lot have of slowly moving up the ladder finding great sound in one area and bad in another all the while spending more and more money. Yes, I appreciate the experience gaining potential, but think that I am happy in my ignorance and shall jump straight to the top. That way, I believe, I shall blissfully happy knowing that I have the best money can buy and not be at all critical as I have no basis in knowledge or experience to do so. Illogical I am sure, but that is me all over!
Again, thanks for your help and suggestions, I appreciate it.
OK, just one more thing then, JH13, JH16 or the cheaper 1964 V6s? Come on, my indecisiveness is beginning to take a hold!
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I know this thread is old, but if your still looking for something try and source some pfe 232's. I had some ie80's and i listen to a ton of EDM, but always felt that the bass was always just a bit too bloated, even at the lowest setting. The pfe's are amazing. They have bass thats super detailed but just as impactful as the ie80's. They also have near perfect treble, with just a very minimally recessed midrange. They are discontinued and slightly expensive, but well worth it.