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CIEM that sounds like the HE-500?

post #1 of 8
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I have a pair of HE-500's for home use and they are, to my ears, perfect. They are exactly the sound I love... But I can't take them wherever I go!

As a sort of exploratory question (aren't those the most dangerous, financially?) I was wondering what CIEM comes closest to the HE-500 in terms of sound? I've had the Heir Audio 4.A and that came pretty close in some ways (dirty thieves relieved me of them) but where the HE-500 may not have bass emphasis I definitely don't really feel like it's missing, just perfectly controlled. The 4.A sometimes felt like it was missing some, though that may be due to lack of airiness that the HE-500 has? Currently my CIEMs are a pair of 8.A's but they are lacking on the high end with a lot on the low end. Sometimes it's just enough but there are other times when it feels a bit much for my ears.

I understand I probably won't find anything to compete with the HE-500's sound stage but I'd love to get close in a CIEM.

Am I dreaming? Does such a headphone exist? If I did this I'd likely be looking to sell my 8.A's to pay for whatever I got so bonus points if it's cheaper than I could sell those for, haha.

Mostly being driven by a Leckerton UHA-6S.MKII.
post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 
*Bump*

So I'm guessing such a headphone doesn't exist?
post #3 of 8

I was having the same issue in wanting a pair of IEMs that would recreate the sound of my favorite headphones. So far it's been a no go, although I've never explored the realm of CIEMs. The closest I've come to headphone like bass and "out of your head" soundstage is the Sennheiser IE80s and those are pretty far from even sounding or neutral. I've just conceded to the fact that they're a different monster and found an IEM with a sound that I like ( or a couple of them). For their stark contrast and sound I like the Shure SE535LTDs and IE80s. They're not headphones but I've stopped expecting them to be.

 

If you do find something that comes close, in your opinion I'd be very interested. I'll be watching this thread and good luck!

post #4 of 8
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Doesn't look like we're going to get very lucky... I'm continuing my search but, unsurprisingly, CIEMs aren't compared against full-sized headphones in terms of sound so I'm having to kind of guess. Looking for something with great extension and a wide sound stage that's got a natural signature, but it's hard to search for those things, haha. Kind of have to just read between the lines.

Ultimate Ear's Reference In-Ear Monitor sounds like it might do the job, but the search continues.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by benthughes View Post

If you do find something that comes close, in your opinion I'd be very interested. I'll be watching this thread and good luck!

So I recently bought the Noble Audio 4C and, to my ears, it's a pretty close match. Both have really natural sound and only give you thumping bass when it's actually supposed to be there. The one area the 4C doesn't keep up with the HE-500 is in sound stage, but that's to be expected given the kinds of headphones we're talking about.

If you'er still in the market for a CIEM that sounds like the HE-500, that'd be a good place to start.
post #6 of 8
From my experience you might take a gander over to Cosmic Ears as the are an affordable and great provider for Ciems. Soon they will be releasing production for their CE6 flagship model which will have 6 B-armature drivers per side. I'm sure these will recreate a great soundstage with 2 drivers dedicated to each frequency.
post #7 of 8
UERM doesn't sound like HE500. It sounds like itself, but like HD800 if I have to compare it to anything. (Interestingly, Audeze "predicted" that planar IEMs will be available in two years.) Based on my reading and friends, I think you should look into ES5. Best luck!
post #8 of 8

The UM Miracle sounds a little bit similar, but not really. 

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