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Very balanced, sometimes warm cousin to the er4s.

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Pros: very detailed and balanced sound with proper fit

Cons: Much warmer sound with "typical" fit

Check out my video review as well:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiFd4lLINAk&feature=youtu.be   The f111 is a beautiful IEM.  Even with it's "typical" fit, the kind of fit you would normally use with this type of earphone, they sound great.  They are warmer and less crisp than the etymotic er4s that is its cousin (they use the same driver).  However, with a very shallow fit, properly sealed, they take on an extremely similar frequency response to the er4s, while improving upon the imaging and soundstage.  The fit is absolutely critical though, and unfortunately, it isn't easy to consistently achieve.  I think most people will find these to be...
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ER-4S: an incredibly accurate/flat IEM

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Pros: neutrality, quality

Cons: sub bass amplitude

I have searched high and low (literally from $10 to $600) in universal IEMs.  I have settled completely on the ER-4S.  I found very few IEMs that sounded anywhere near flat.  The best three I've found have been the ER-4S (1), the Phonak pfe 112 (2) and the Westone 4R (3).   The PFE 112 and ER-4S are EXTREMELY similar in sound and neutrality except for two slight differences.  The 112 has a bit more neutral bass.  I don't find the ER-4S lacking really, but the 112 is more right on that flat line for bass sound and measurement wise.  However, the 112 has a small spike in the treble somewhere around 10khz I think it was.  This gives things a...
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sweet iem

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Pros: great bass and mids

Cons: less than ideal treble

Comparing a bunch of universal IEMs, I'd rate the Shure se535 as one of the top tier choices.  There are a few issues, but how much these affect you will be dependent on each person's ears physically and audibly.   Basically, I find the shure 535 to be a very pleasant smooth sweet sounding IEM with the major points being bass and midrange.  The bass isn't basshead level or really that prominent per se, but it is very nice.  I find that it is relatively level with the mid range, with the mid range standing out a bit as being more "forward".  But the midrange doesn't really interfere with the bass.  It is almost as though you hear through the midrange to...
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Smooth and accurate

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Pros: relatively flat sound

Cons: lack of lowest and highest extension

Etymotic Research HF5 Review   The hf5 didn't fit well with my ears.  I believe this is due to the long armature shafts and ear tip combo.  Essentially, the sound port needed to be pointing at precisely the direct path of my ears to get a good sound, but this didn't happen with the normal fit position.  This seems to be rare for most, but just something to note.  However, in the "normal" position I would call these comfortable.  I had to push them deeper than normal and angle them awkwardly to get the full sound.  I could tell when they were "just right", and this review is based off of that position, which is most likely what most people hear in...
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Sweet and clear

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Pros: Best highs ever?

Cons: price

Audeo Phonak PFE232   Let's start with comfort.  I have an ear that doesn't work perfectly with the pfe232.  This may be rare, but I get a lot of forward treble that is almost sibilant, but more "in your face" with instruments like cymbals.  This is not normal, as I can tell it is too far unbalanced to be intended.  The cymbals are so far forward I can't listen to the song comfortably.  Any song with cymbals and like frequency instruments.   However, if I push them further into my ears this goes away completely.  100%.  Everything sounds "correct" and natural with great balance between everything.  Unfortunately, this takes away...
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Good portable earphone

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Pros: Good bass for BA earphone

Cons: impedance problems

Sony XBA-3 Review   The accessories that come with the xba-3 are pretty standard.  A decent array of tips, reasonable case.  I wish it had the molded plastic winding tray that came with my last pair of sony earphones.  But it is decent enough.  There is a cord wrapper and a shirt clip.  But let's get right to the important stuff.  How do they sound?   Before I go into the main sound quality details, there is a known issue with the XBA-3 and how it interacts with impedance.  This can be seen in many reviews as well as a good graph over at en.goldenears.net that very accurately shows exactly what I've heard.   Basically, with a...
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Balanced and a great price

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Pros: Affordable quality, balanced sound

Cons: Highest treble a little recessed

The BA200 is an exceptional value.  The basic sound signature is relatively flat and a slightly recessed high end.  The bass is very capable for a BA headphone.  While not 'loud' bass, it is fairly neutral and extends decently low.  The mids are very even and smooth in the frequency spectrum.  The highs are very accurate as well, albeit a little recessed in the highest regions.   Details and clarity are very good for the price.  Although they lack really good airy-ness, they still preset details very clearly and distinctly.  The stereo width and soundstage are very good for the price as well.  Instrument separation is great and everything...
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Silky Sweet IEM

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Pros: beautiful mids, nice highs, uber comfortable

Cons: very little bass, and did I mention not much bass?

After comparing a bunch of headphones, I "almost" fell in love with the Audeo Phonak PFE112.   The mid range of this set is very smooth and high quality.  The treble, while slightly laid back and soft, is very open and precise.  Although these aren't the airiest set, the treble extends well, albeit at a slightly relaxing tone.  The main downfall is the lack of bass.  There is good extension into the sub bass, but only at very low levels.  You won't be hearing a lot of meat down in the lower regions on these.   That isn't to say they don't have bass.  They have nice smooth clean bass that is very capable, however simply not loud enough in...
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