Having come from a pair of Unique Melody modded TF10x6 (TripleFi 10 + 3 drivers per side) to a pair of HE-400's it's got me wondering...are there any full-sized cans that can match the audio quality of IEM's?
I'm relatively new to the high-end IEM game having only owned the UE 900's and the TF10x6 in the upper regions (I've owned a lot of mid to lower end buds of course). I've also owned many full-sized cans now...from the HE-400's to the T90 to the HD 650. However, looking back none of them come CLOSE to matching my TF10x6's. No where near matching the audio quality of an IEM that even they themselves are JUST middle of the road in the over all IEM world...not to mention they were cheaper used than any of the headphones I listed above.
I've found these IEM's to literally be better in every aspect compared to any can's I've ever owned...better sub-bass, bass, mids, highs, separation, sound stage, etc. No comparison from any of my full-sized beasts.
Also, considering the high-end can's (think HD 800, HE-600, etc) aren't really THAT dramatically different from their cheaper brethren just has me wondering...are there any headphones that can match the sonic levels of a nice IEM?
Just has me worried...I like headphones...the comfort and ease of use is awesome. However, it's becoming increasingly apparent that I won't be able to get a headphone to my degree of audio quality without dropping $1,000+...if at all.
So yeah...is it just me or are mid to high quality IEM's just THAT good? If we're talking a UM Miracle or similar level IEM what full-sized headphones REALLY compare?