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post #346 of 2974

Oh boy...I should not have jumped into this thread.  I have the GR07BEs and I'm super happy with them, but the head-fi effect is always present and being a fan of Audio Technica in general made me order a pair of IM50s.  Given their price point (and availability), they will probably be easier to replace if I ruin them at the gym.  That is what I'm afraid of with my GR07s...I know they are still making the BEs, but I imagine that'll change in the future so finding a suitable gym headphone under 100 is imperative.  Hopefully this one fits the bill.  I'm fairly worried because it looks a bit like the SE215 which would not fit in my ear correctly.  I have a feeling I'm going to have the same fit issue.  

 

To those that have tried both, are they similar in terms of where the cable leaves the housing?  That part rubbed on my ear and pulled it away from my head on the Shure, so hopefully it's slightly different.  Fingers crossed.

post #347 of 2974

You can make a small comment on the differences between Gr07 im 50 and receive them when?

post #348 of 2974

I was torn between getting the 07be or the im50/70 too. Went with the be, but can't help but wonder what if.....

post #349 of 2974
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I was torn between getting the 07be or the im50/70 too. Went with the be, but can't help but wonder what if.....

 

There is nothing to wonder. Made a great choice. 

post #350 of 2974

I just posted my review of ATH-IM03 here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2687655 (previous review of ATH-IM02 with all the pictures could also be found here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2676059)

 

For my sound test I was actually using IM03 with UE900 eartips, yielding a better bass response.  As a mentioned in a number of my previous posts, if you are after one of the best analytical sound signatures - IM02 is the one to consider.  But if you are craving more bass (in comparison to IM02) and want a naturally balanced full bodiy detailed sound - IM03 is a king.  You can't go wrong with either of these, just catered to a different crowd.

 

Oh, and in my humble opinion - IM03 sound quality is superior to W40 and UE900.  The sound is more detailed, overall better balanced, the soundstage is wider, and vocals delivery shine!!!  And it's cheaper too ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATH-IM02 next to ATH-IM03

 

post #351 of 2974

So tempting.

post #352 of 2974
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I just posted my review of ATH-IM03 here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2687655 (previous review of ATH-IM02 with all the pictures could also be found here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2676059)

 

For my sound test I was actually using IM03 with UE900 eartips, yielding a better bass response.  As a mentioned in a number of my previous posts, if you are after one of the best analytical sound signatures - IM02 is the one to consider.  But if you are craving more bass (in comparison to IM02) and want a naturally balanced full bodiy detailed sound - IM03 is a king.  You can't go wrong with either of these, just catered to a different crowd.

 

Oh, and in my humble opinion - IM03 sound quality is superior to W40 and UE900.  The sound is more detailed, overall better balanced, the soundstage is wider, and vocals delivery shine!!!  And it's cheaper too ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATH-IM02 next to ATH-IM03

 

 

loved reading your review on the im-03s, tempted to buy it as well.

 

I do have a question though, doesn't the fiio x5 help the im-02s reach subbass level?

 

I can hear the subbass pretty well with sony hybrids+ lg g2 sound.

 

I haven't amped them yet, nor did I use a DAC for them.

 

I know for sure the im-03s will have more subbass and bass in general, but is the im02s plentiful for someone on a budget?

 

Btw dsnuts...

 

if you can find a way to make kakaku work with you

 

 

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000585202/shop1396/?lid=shop_itemview_saiyasukakaku

 

you can buy the im-03s for $280!

 

 

 

Though I have seen them go for $270 on amazon japan before...

 

I would buy it, but your fx850 review stopped me from thinking about the im-03s.

 

I might sell the im-02s if this is the case.


Edited by vlenbo - 3/19/14 at 11:09pm
post #353 of 2974
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Originally Posted by vegasf1 View Post

The IM70 has a ton of bass.  In certain situations, it sounds better than my over $1,000 modded beyerdynamic T1 and $400 toxic cable.I'm now debating selling it and getting a IM03 and a cheaper headphone.   AT has a winner with these IEMs.

Wow, high praise indeed!
post #354 of 2974

For portable device like Nokia, which one maybe best ,thanks?

post #355 of 2974
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Wow, high praise indeed!

The only things I'm not that hot on the T1 is for a very few situations and it so happens that's where the IM70 is pretty good at.  80s music, older concert recordings,  and euro music like depeche mode sound better to me on the IM70.  The T1 has a very wide soundstage and with some concert recordings it can sound too wide.  It also requires better source too which is why my 80s music (hey I'm 46 ok!) sounds real nice with the IM70.  Video games also sound really good with it too.  It just has more oomph in shooting games.  

 

I'm super tempted to get the IM03 or is the IM04 better for me.  The IM70 does sound a little muddy or sloppy on things like drum solos.  It's not as crisp and impactful compared to a flagship model headphone, but it's still quite the bang for the buck and sounds good for a good amount of the type of music that I listen to.  I have no regrets buying it.  But now I want to see what the better IEMs from AT sound like.

 

So which out of the IM01,02,03, and 04 has the best and fast hard hitting and decaying bass?  That's probably the one that's for me.  Or should I be looking at the fx850?  Someone please advise!


Edited by vegasf1 - 3/20/14 at 3:14am
post #356 of 2974
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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

Ooooohhh they fall behind the im-02s by quite a bit.

Thanks for the detailed comparison vlenbo :)


Edited by Love Music - 3/20/14 at 6:05am
post #357 of 2974
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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

loved reading your review on the im-03s, tempted to buy it as well.

 

I do have a question though, doesn't the fiio x5 help the im-02s reach subbass level?

 

I can hear the subbass pretty well with sony hybrids+ lg g2 sound.

 

I haven't amped them yet, nor did I use a DAC for them.

 

I know for sure the im-03s will have more subbass and bass in general, but is the im02s plentiful for someone on a budget?

 

 

We all have a different perception of a sound ;)  I do agree that IM02 has a subbass level, but it's of a lesser quantity especially with midrange dominance in these IEMs.  Also, as earfonia pointed out, driving it with a different source will fluctuate that level as well.  Detailed quality is there, but quantity will vary.  With IM03 it's right there in your face and doesn't vary as much driven from my Note 2 or X5 or my laptop.  With IM03 it feels that bass quantity is higher (especially sub bass) and due to a balanced sound signature it comes off louder since you don't have this midrange dominance like in IM02.

 

X5 has a very neutral signature so it will not boost the bass, just improves the quality.  Of course you can use EQ, but I'm personally hate boosting frequencies because it adds artifacts.  On the other hand, I might try it with E18 where there is a bass boost switch.

 

Another note to add.  Though I don't consider myself a hardcore audiophile, since I only dipped my feet in high quality headphone world less than a year ago, I have noticed that typically dynamic drivers produce a much warmer sounds in comparison to BA drivers.  In IM03, the subbass and midbass feels almost like a dynamic driver, warm and rounded.  For example, I love my W40 but bass in there a bit colder and mid-bass has a stronger punch (faster attack).  With IM03 it's more laid back, rounded, and warmer.

post #358 of 2974

twist, thanks for your reviews.  it seems like the IM03 hits that TF10 sweet spot.  maybe its time to pawn off some magic cards to buy those...

post #359 of 2974

How's the treble on IM03? Is it sparkly and tizz-ling like the XBA-30/TF-10? I hope it's smoother because emphasized frequency around 10k-13k is my weakness. Planning to buy these for my bro

post #360 of 2974
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How's the treble on IM03? Is it sparkly and tizz-ling like the XBA-30/TF-10? I hope it's smoother because emphasized frequency around 10k-13k is my weakness. Planning to buy these for my bro

 

I can't compare to other ones since I don't own those, but I had my fare share of analytical and way-too-bright IEMs to let you know IM03 treble sparkle is there and detailed enough but very easy on your ears with out being over-emphasized.  Now going between IM02 and IM03, I get a better sense of upper mids/treble quality, and I can appreciate IM03 a lot more :)  But trust me, you don't have to worry about ear fatigue with IM02 either, just IM03 is more balanced and smoother, and sounds more natural and relaxed which is great for extended listening.  In comparison, W40 is too relaxed with a bit of recessed mids and treble roll off.

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