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Westone W40 vs Shure Se535 vs Audio Technica IM series

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Hi guys! I'm looking to buy a new pair of IEMs and need help deciding. I'm currently looking at the ones above but am willing to take any other recs. 

I listen to most genres, but more commonly indie folk and soft rock.

Would love one that has a good soundstage and be able to hear the details in the song. 

Please let me know if you have any other recommendations!

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Would also like that I can just play off my iphone 5s or my ipod nano as I'd want to travel light with it.

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Anyone???

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Was also thinking of Earsonics SM64. Anyone had an opinion about it?

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You should try posting in joker's thread or the shure se535 thread and ask spyro.

I can't help you unfortunately since Im not much of an iem guy.
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I'll probably get the ATH-IM50 tomorrow. Also I got Westone 3's. I'll post my impressions here when it came.

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And I have a um pro 30 coming tomorrow. Though the best I can do is compare it to my full size phones, or the hf5
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OK. I got my IM50's. My impressions:

 

These earphones are quite big, so if your ears are really small, you can face some problems. Comfort is not great either. Finding a good fit is a little challenging. Don't expect Westone like ergonomics. The cable is good I haven't seen microphonics so far. It has a detachable cable. Overall, it is a good durable product. But comfort and isolation is not great.

 

The Sound: These have dual drivers. For the price you pay, the sound is really good! These have powerful bass response but not overwhelming the other frequencies. And mids, yeah, where these earphones shine. Vocals are clear and warm, enstrument seperation is perfect for the price. Mids are taking the front line of the sound. Treble is not sibilant by any means. But don't expect airy treble like top of the line flagship IEM's. Detail level is good, especially when you consider the price.

 

I used Shure SE215's and Westone UM1's. And I think these are the best sounding of the three. And the cheapest!

 

But Shure's and Westone's, comfort and isolation wise, are clearly better then IM50.

 

For 70$, I can't think any better IEM's than these.


Edited by Virtu Fortuna - 3/4/14 at 5:16am
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