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post #1 of 15
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I've been looking to purchase an IEM to use as my everyday headphone and I've narrowed it down to either the Brainwavz b2 or the Rockit sounds R-50, which would you suggest, or if you have any other suggestions around the same price.

I mainly listen to hard rock, post hardcore, metal, with the occasional acoustic

post #2 of 15

You prefer a more bassy sound or a more detail and treble focus? If you are looking for a bassy sounding, i think you should not look at both of them. Have you tried Shure SE 215 before?

post #3 of 15
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I prefer a more balanced, detailed, analytical sound
post #4 of 15

I have owned the B2 and I thought they were very good, but they can sound a bit edgy on poorly recorded music due to their revealing nature.  They are also quite bright, if you are not used to a lot of treble it may take a bit of time for your ears to adjust.  The treble can be tamed down a bit by using shure olives or comply tips.

 

A couple of other options would be the Etymotic HF5 and Hifiman RE400 (the latter probably do not fit in the analytical category but they are detailed).

post #5 of 15

vsonic gr07mkii..

post #6 of 15
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would theses headphones sound good out of just a walkman z, unamped, because I'd also like to use these when I'm out and I currently don't have a portable setup

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by joshua13h View Post
 

would theses headphones sound good out of just a walkman z, unamped, because I'd also like to use these when I'm out and I currently don't have a portable setup

 

The B2 are easy to drive from any source, they don't really need amping.  My other 2 suggestions I can't help with as I never heard them.

post #8 of 15
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as far as build quality how have the b2's been? I've seen a  few complaints over the cable which is a little concerning for me

post #9 of 15

I don't hear about people buying the B2 anymore. I'd get the R-50

post #10 of 15

Another vote for HF5/3/2.  The TDK BA200 is also a great iem in that range but I'm not sure if they are being made anymore.  Also the BA200 is somewhat darker and not quite as analytical... the vocals are still the best I've heard on an iem though

post #11 of 15
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I don't hear about people buying the B2 anymore. I'd get the R-50

I've been leaning toward the R-50 but I wanted a few opinions from people who've heard them

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by joshua13h View Post
 

as far as build quality how have the b2's been? I've seen a  few complaints over the cable which is a little concerning for me

 

No problems with my unit but I do take care of my iems.  I haven't kept up with the B2 thread for a long time, the only thing I remember is that some owners cables stiffened up over time, mine were still soft and flexible after 1 year.

post #13 of 15
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how would you say the hf 5 compares to the other two IEMs I mentioned

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by joshua13h View Post
 

how would you say the hf 5 compares to the other two IEMs I mentioned

 

If no-one else responds, your best bet may be to contact Joker, he owns/heard all 3.

 

Reviews of all 3 are in his thread (for B2 review, look up dba-02 as it is essentially the same thing), or post your question in his thread.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-313-iems-compared-t-peos-tank-added-03-31-14-p-889

post #15 of 15
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Thanks everyone I finally just decided I'd give the R-50 a chance should be in around the 15th, thanks again for your help and suggestions:)

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