Originally Posted by yoongie
IM50/IM70 question here, from a non-expert.
How does the Klipsch s4i compare to both of them? I'm currently using a pair and while I like the sound nice enough, I find the bass too boomy and I'm looking for cleaner sound with a tighter bass. Which one fits what I'm looking for more?
Klipsch S4 is definitely boomy and has harsh treble at cymbal & hi-hat ones - these sound will be emphasized and will annoy you off. IM70, on the other hand, is opposite to klipsch as bass is tighter ( less bass and less boomy, definitely), more forward mid, and inoffensive treble. One thing to add that IM70 may have small soundstage / intimate in my opinion due to forward vocal. It has very powerful output tho - it's already loud at volume level 3 ( at normal) on my Sansa clip zip. I could think IM70 sound characteristic is similar to UM3x but without the bass bloat ; UM3x also has smoother treble and greater detail and separation.
Isolation...seems subpar and it's quite uncomfortable. My JVC FXT90, a vertical double dynamic driver, isolates better than IM70 and offers better comfort. IM70's isolation strength cannot reach the level of EPH-100, W4 and even UM3x -it is because they are way smaller in size compared to IM70. I have not gotten used with the fit as IM70 is the bulkiest earphones ever - it's twice as thick as westone W4 or GR07. I just had the IM70 for a week so I wish for the best that my ears would get used with it. Hopefully, I will find a strategy how to wear these as it is inconvenient to get good fit compared to my other IEMs.
I suggest you to get an earphone clipper as the cable is heavy so you won't be tuggin' against the cable.
Edited by Gandasaputra - 4/17/14 at 10:25pm