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What IEM does $550 get me?

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
Hi all

Posted this in the help/recommendation section but there doesn't seem to be as much action over there....

Anyway, i need new IEMs. Thanks to my tax return, I now have approx US$550/AU$600 to spend.

Must be a universal IEM, Prefer over the ear type. Will be using them for minimum 2 hours a day, so need to be comfy (housing with similar size to um3x for example) and non-fatiguing.

Types of music will be mostly electronic (techno, minimal/house, Flume etc) and alternative. I prefer a warm signature with good impact in the lows.

So far on my list: Fischer Amps fa-4, audiofly af180, inear stagediver 3 (the smaller version, not sure these fit in this price range?)

Look forward to the recommendations.

Cheers smily_headphones1.gif

PS. Thanks to those who replied to a thread I made a number of weeks back where I had a smaller budget. I really haven't been online to post much since.
post #2 of 37
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Originally Posted by ads1107 View Post

Hi all

Posted this in the help/recommendation section but there doesn't seem to be as much action over there....

Anyway, i need new IEMs. Thanks to my tax return, I now have approx US$550/AU$600 to spend.

Must be a universal IEM, Prefer over the ear type. Will be using them for minimum 2 hours a day, so need to be comfy (housing with similar size to um3x for example) and non-fatiguing.

Types of music will be mostly electronic (techno, minimal/house, Flume etc) and alternative. I prefer a warm signature with good impact in the lows.

So far on my list: Fischer Amps fa-4, audiofly af180, inear stagediver 3 (the smaller version, not sure these fit in this price range?)

Look forward to the recommendations.

Cheers smily_headphones1.gif

PS. Thanks to those who replied to a thread I made a number of weeks back where I had a smaller budget. I really haven't been online to post much since.

 

Have you looked at the Westone W4/W4R/W40?  They should suite exactly what you're looking for.  If you can deal with the overly warm signature of something like a 4.Ai, it may also be worth a look, as would the 3.Ai.  If you don't mind a v-shape signature, try finding the Phonak PFE232 in that price range, it would do what you want it to. 

post #3 of 37
Try the new version of the fa 4e xb available in thomann and a set of monster tri flanges, amazing
post #4 of 37
Thread Starter 
@tinyman392
I had the w40 briefly but got rid of them. I might skip Westone this round. I really don't like the look of tbe Heir models. Some people love the wood look. I almost hate it tongue.gif. I had some older phonaks and didn't like the fit. The 232 seem to be of a similar design. Didn't they stop making them?

@Kurdt-bada
I am very interested in them. I just need to get over he €50 shipping cost from Thomann to Australia....

Thanks for the replies guys.
post #5 of 37
I hate to duck your question but my advice is to look at joker's list then post your exact question on that thread. It is the best place to start for IEMs. http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-318-iems-compared-narmoo-r1m-added-07-03-14-p-936/0_20
Edited by spook76 - 7/12/14 at 5:15pm
post #6 of 37
Thread Starter 
I do follow that thread. Just thought there would be other alternatives that joker hasn't reviewed.
post #7 of 37
Nuforce Primo 8

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post #8 of 37
Check out the Heir Audio 5.0's.... They sound right up your alley.
post #9 of 37
Thread Starter 
The Nuforce Primo 8 don't have a warm signature I thought?? I will skim through the thread.

The Heir's are out of my budget and again, I really dislike the wood look.

Cheers guys.

Oh, forgot to mention, I will be pairing these with a Sony f886. And I 'almost' put fit/comfort ahead of sound when choosing earphones.
Edited by ads1107 - 7/12/14 at 5:44pm
post #10 of 37
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Originally Posted by ads1107 View Post

The Nuforce Primo 8 don't have a warm signature I thought?? I will skim through the thread.

The Heir's are out of my budget and again, I really dislike the wood look.

Cheers guys.

Oh, forgot to mention, I will be pairing these with a Sony f886. And I 'almost' put fit/comfort ahead of sound when choosing earphones.

 

I view the Primo 8 as a sweeter signature, it's quick bass decay stops it from being a warm signature.  You may want to look at the HiFiMan RE-600.  Warm, sweet, easy to listen to signature.  They can be worn up or down, the housings are tiny, so you won't notice them.  Though they don't have that housing form factor similar to the Shure/Westone stuff.  

 

In reply to your last post (you called me, but I got no nofication :/), the PFE232 has been discontinued, but you can still find them around.  They are a Westone W40 with slightly less midrange and more treble and bass.  


Edited by tinyman392 - 7/12/14 at 7:25pm
post #11 of 37

Audiofly's AF180.

 

They're the best IEMs I've put in my ears.

post #12 of 37
No offense but Audiofly stinks. There are three great IEM's that fit your description, that have nice warm sound and are high quality with solid bass that fit your description...

1) Shure SE 535
2) UE 900
3) VSonic GR07BE

Klipsch X10, but over the ear is meh. The other 3 are right on the mark bullseye!!

Enjoy!
post #13 of 37

Go for your first set of customs. I'd recommend 1964 ears Qi (Quad drivers) its priced at around $549. I auditioned those and 1964 v6stage and I thought nothing in the universal sets can beat those.

 

Have a look here : https://www.1964ears.com/product/1964-Qi-Custom-In-Ear-Monitor
You can even design your sets online.


Edited by SyedZ2ez4 - 7/13/14 at 1:45am
post #14 of 37
Thread Starter 
@Lance
Would love to know why you think Audiofly 'stink'?

@SyedZ2ez4
Thanks for the suggestion. But I think I'll leave customs until my next one or 2 pruchases.
post #15 of 37
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No offense but...

 

You just did, hahaha:deadhorse:

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