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Replacement recommendation for KLIPSCH S4?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I love my Klipsch S4's but unfortunately the cable kind of broke so I'm in search of a replacement. I've been looking at Shure SE215, HiFiman RE400, RHA450i, RHA750i.

What do you guys think of those and which would you recommend around the $100 price range. I typically listen to acoustic, electronic, pop, and others. I heard some IEMs like the Hifiman RE400 are really good in the mids and highs, but don't pack a lot of bass. What do you guys think, or should I buy another pair of Klipsch S4?

post #2 of 7

I'm listening to some S4s now - there's good deep bass on them.

 

The SE215 won't be a million miles away, the RE-400 might be alright if you can achieve a good seal - they're better when amped I'd say. RHA are good too.

 

Looking at the prices of S4s though, you could do worse than just get another one.

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post #3 of 7

Some people really like the S4 and there's nothing wrong with that. However, I think most people here would agree that they're probably not the best value for money and the build quality could do with some improvement. I would recommend IEMs like the NVX EX10S, AX-35 or the RE400. It think the main difference you'll notice is more controlled and textured bass, as well as a smoother, less peaky treble. I also used to prefer bassy IEMs, but I have grown to love IEMs with a more 'neutral' quantity of bass. I would personally go for something like the Etymotic MC5, but that's just me.

post #4 of 7
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How are the RE400 compared to the S4? Is the bass difference big?

post #5 of 7

The biggest noticeable difference would be when you listen to edm. The RE400 won't be able to produce that 'boom' like the S4, though they give much more detail in direct comparison. 

post #6 of 7
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Yea, I think I'm still contemplating between getting another pair of S4, or trying out the Shure SE215 or Hifiman RE400. I like how the bass is not overpowering on the S4's and I do listen to EDM from time to time, so I'm wondering if the other IEMs would have underpowering bass. What about drums and guitar? Noise isolation on buses and trains?


Edited by Trolol - 7/12/14 at 5:52pm
post #7 of 7
I wouldn't recommend the SE215 as, to me, it's a really muddy IEM. I think the RE400 would be the better of the two. As for your other dilemma, we'll do you want to try new things or stick with a safer, old route? wink.gif
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