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Hi! Looking for IEM help

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Hello there, people of head-fi!

Basic Intro: I've been playing guitar for many, many years, but I've finally started to get into music production. I'm absolutely terrible (you have to start somewhere, right?), and I just got my first pair of studio monitor headphones in the Audio-Technica ATH-M50. I didn't want to spend too much, and I thought the ATH-M50s were a good way to go.

My main question has nothing to do with the Audio-Technicas though. My IEMs recently broke, and I was looking for a new pair to pick up. Previously, I had the Bose IE2, and I really liked the sound, but after hearing people bash Bose, I figured I'd try something new, so I purchased the Etymotic HF3 after doing a fair bit of research. They arrived in the mail yesterday, and after listening to them last night and this morning, I realized that I really don't like the sound. I have a wide vareity of stuff that I listen to, but I tend to stick to varying genres of metal (The Ocean, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Mastodon, BTBAM, Sikth, Revocation, Gojira, Periphery) and post rock (God Is An Astronaut, Red Sparowes, Explosions In The Sky).

The Etymotic HF3s really seemed to lack some of the low-end that is present in a fair bit of the music I listen to. I'm still really new to headphones, and I'm kinda lost, so I figured this would be a good place to check. I really appreciate any help at all.

Thanks!
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What's your budget? I recommend reading up this multi-iem review by |joker| and look for pairs you'd want to buy according too your budget and preferences. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-315-iems-compared-t-peos-popular-added-04-30-14-p-901#post_6492057

 

Also, are you planning to use those IEMs for stage performance? If so, I highly recommend the Westone UM3X. Not too pricey, SQ is damn good, and the separation is insane; I highly recommend it for musicians that do live performances. Only qualm I have to it is the tinny soundstage. But that could be a plus depending on your preferences.


Edited by AdamskaPrice - 5/13/14 at 6:50am
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Originally Posted by AdamskaPrice View Post

What's your budget? I recommend reading up this multi-iem review by |joker| and look for pairs you'd want to buy according too your budget and preferences. 



 



http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-315-iems-compared-t-peos-popular-added-04-30-14-p-901#post_6492057



 



Also, are you planning to use those IEMs for stage performance? If so, I highly recommend the Westone UM3X. Not too pricey, SQ is damn good, and the separation is insane; I highly recommend it for musicians that do live performances. Only qualm I have to it is the tinny soundstage. But that could be a plus depending on your preferences.


 



Whoops. Totally forgot to mention budget and usage.

I would prefer to spend ~$150 max (a little over/under is not a problem). These are specifically for listening to music at work, so I don't need anything super fantastic.

And before I posted my initial message, I looked at the article you linked, but it didn't mention either of the headphones (the Bose or the Etymotic) that I have used, so I wasn't sure how to judge was he was writing, because I haven't tried any of the headphones he wrote about.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by AdamskaPrice View Post
 

What's your budget? I recommend reading up this multi-iem review by |joker| and look for pairs you'd want to buy according too your budget and preferences. 

 

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-315-iems-compared-t-peos-popular-added-04-30-14-p-901#post_6492057

 

 

 

Also, are you planning to use those IEMs for stage performance? If so, I highly recommend the Westone UM3X. Not too pricey, SQ is damn good, and the separation is insane; I highly recommend it for musicians that do live performances. Only qualm I have to it is the tinny soundstage. But that could be a plus depending on your preferences.

 



Whoops. Totally forgot to mention budget and usage.

I would prefer to spend ~$150 max (a little over/under is not a problem). These are specifically for listening to music at work, so I don't need anything super fantastic.

And before I posted my initial message, I looked at the article you linked, but it didn't mention either of the headphones (the Bose or the Etymotic) that I have used, so I wasn't sure how to judge was he was writing, because I haven't tried any of the headphones he wrote about.

Thanks!

Try checking out the RHA MA750 in the review thread. A very solid pair for $150. It's simply fantastic.

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