Hi all, I'm quite new in the the audio world and I just wanted to make sure this is correct. If i were to use my Sony Xperia Z1, which is my only source for portable use, the Im02 would be a poor choice to pair with it correct? Also, I know the review said that the Galaxy S2 sounded best with the Im50 and Im70 so if Im02 is not powered great by the Sony Xperia Z1 would the Im70 be the next best choice? I don't know if this would help but I mainly listen to punk rock, indie rock, and pop. Thanks.
My advice is to go audition all the 3 models in a store with your Xperia Z1.
I have the exact same setup as you with my Z1 as the primary source (Poweramp player) and after auditioning IM50/70 and IM02, I have decided to go for IM02 in the end.
It just sings more to my ears as I was looking for clearer mids (upgrading from my previous Weston 1).
These are really crystal clear when it comes to mids, instruments separation and vocals. I mainly listen to alternative rock, indie and pop. IM02 has zero issues driving these genres from Z1.
For the IM50/70, my initial impressions of them are that the casing is abit too big and bulky for my ears. IM02 is slightly slimmer and more comfortable for me.
At that point of time, IM02 was sold out everywhere in my country, Singapore. I have to place an order on Rakuten, albeit saving a few monies during their free shipping campaign. I'm using the stock tips at the moment and no issues here as well regarding comfort.
However, one man's meat is another's poison. Your mileage may vary.
Better to try them out first IMHO.
My 2 cents :)
Edited by b3nji23 - 5/14/14 at 1:32am