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Best IEMs around the $200 price point?

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I recently purchased a set of B&Ws based on an online review that looked at a bunch of different IEMs around the 200 dollar price point. After a week's worth of listening, I'm somewhat disappointed with the sound. The fit of the B&W C5s are fine for me, despite the odd loop, but I found the sound terrible in the mids. I'll be returning them.

So I don't make another mistake and have to return another purchase, what are the best IEMs around 200 bucks?
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Try these comparisons:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-315-iems-compared-t-peos-popular-added-04-30-14-p-901

Then this list:
http://www.inearmatters.net/2009/01/list_01.html
He will have a review for each of those on his website (use the search).
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I recently purchased a set of B&Ws based on an online review that looked at a bunch of different IEMs around the 200 dollar price point. After a week's worth of listening, I'm somewhat disappointed with the sound. The fit of the B&W C5s are fine for me, despite the odd loop, but I found the sound terrible in the mids. I'll be returning them.

 

Let me guess - plasticky mids that sound like there's a hole somewhere you just can't pinpoint where? I observed the same thing with B&W speakers hooked up to affordable receivers and amps (cheap tube amps sound like this, or too warm). Among cheaper amps the only ones I've tried that worked as well as $$$$$ amps were the NAD 304 and 320BEE. B&W's are easy to drive in terms of volume but in terms of output they are kind of picky with amps.

 

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So I don't make another mistake and have to return another purchase, what are the best IEMs around 200 bucks?

 

Look into the Brainwavz B2 for $125 or its Fischer Audio twin. Look up reviews on what tips work best with them and order Complys or whatever other tips that might not be be from Brainwavz or Fisher.

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Let me guess - plasticky mids that sound like there's a hole somewhere you just can't pinpoint where? I observed the same thing with B&W speakers hooked up to affordable receivers and amps (cheap tube amps sound like this, or too warm). Among cheaper amps the only ones I've tried that worked as well as $$$$$ amps were the NAD 304 and 320BEE. B&W's are easy to drive in terms of volume but in terms of output they are kind of picky with amps.

 

 

Look into the Brainwavz B2 for $125 or its Fischer Audio twin. Look up reviews on what tips work best with them and order Complys or whatever other tips that might not be be from Brainwavz or Fisher.

 

That's exactly what I noticed. I returned them the other day and picked up a pair of the KHA 750i's. I love them! They sound great and the build is solid. They're a lot more comfortable too than the B&W's.

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