Having purchase quite a few iem's (x8), headphones(x3) and amps(x5) in the last six months alone, mostly after careful study of reviews, comments and opinions on here, I seem to have even less idea of their characteristics than when I started! My problem is I am either not understanding the lingo (even though I think I do), or my hearing is vastly different from the lot of you. If one common opinion is that this or that is deep bass heavy, I hear bass light; others say sweet treble, and I hear brightness and sibilance.
I am just not getting to grips with the terminology (obviously), and what the reviews and impressions actually should translate to my hearing capacity.
So, what I am looking to do is find the best examples of an iem for specific areas of the sound spectrum. I think that if I can spend around a $100 (or thereabouts) on 5 or 6 iems with a defined sound signature, then maybe I can begin to understand what people are talking about. Rather than my shooting for the stars and rushing out to buy a $1000+ TOTL iem right now, only to be bitterly disappointed (and poorer).
Here's what I propose:
1. Ultra clear/detailed (analytical?)
2. Mid/vocal centric
3. Ultra neutral (maybe the same as analytical?)
4. Ultra V shaped
5. Ultra sub bass
6. Intimate sound stage
I am sure that there should probably be more examples added to the list, and I welcome suggestions as to others. I think I know what bright, as well as what mid bass bloat is, so shouldn't need further examples of those.
Would it be possible for you to offer your opinion on the most suitable iem for each of the above? I care not that the iem is rubbish as long as it is the best example in a given area, and something so obvious, even a dimwit like me couldn't mistake it for something else. I am not wanting to keep these things for pleasure, but rather just to understand what all these signatures sound like in isolation.
I know it seems counter-intuitive to spend hundreds of $ on throw-away phones, but I see it as a money-saver in the long run. Only by understanding, or educating myself, am I going to be able to make an informed purchase of a top tier, end game, iem.
I don't know if this helps, but I have updated my signature to show all the iem's I currently have. It is quite possible that you may consider something I do have to be 'the best example' of the above.
I would really appreciate any help, as this inability to hear what I think the reviewers and opinionators are saying they hear, to be quite frustrating.