Originally Posted by Togril
that's really good info. The isolation needs to work both ways, which is what drew me to the se125's.
A large part of the problem is that the nearest city with *possibly* a shop with this kind of stuff is about 3000k away. Makes all of this a bit difficult (the majority of my posts are " whats this like?, or whats that do?". ) so I rely on headfier such as yourself for clues. i am suspecting I may get the shures just because of the likelyhood of fit and isolation....a compromise, I understand.
Well, in that case, on the safer note it'll be the choice of SE215. Although the fit of SE215 isn't perfect for everyone, it's a better fitting IEM than the IM50, at least to me.
I wouldn't exactly say the SE215 will be a compromise too. Because both SE215Ltd and IM50 houses a very different sound signature. IM50 is more suited for vocals and bass lovers. Mids and vocals are pretty forward. Much so than the ASG2 but not as smooth and textured. Timbre on IM50 is realistic too but a notch below ASG2. Bass is fantastic on IM50 especially sub bass which is not as apparent on the ASG2. It's unfair to compare the IM50 to the ASG2 based on price point but IM50 really isn't tailing too far behind.
The SE215Ltd opposed to IM50 houses a more relax sound providing smoother transition and more liquid flow of vocals and instruments. Bass is present with nice texture but definitely no fight for IM50. If you ain't a bass head, I suppose the bass on 215Ltd will suffice. Mids and vocals compared to IM50 takes a back seat. But definitely not recessed.
To me, I still find the IM50 more enjoyable. And especially at its price point vs SE215Ltd, it is the obvious choice but at the slight expense of a tougher fit and lesser isolation, but amazingly, still sound so full and coherent.