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Concise Multi-IEM Comparison (FINAL UPDATE March. 1st, 2013)

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  1. ClieOS Contributor
    Rating for RE262 adjusted due to new price and new design.
  2. jankydude
    Omg... The 262 is selling for $150? I think I found my next IEM. Will they stay $150 or is this only for preorder?
  3. ClieOS Contributor

    That I don't know. But given the RE272 is said to be ready for market soon and will be around for $250~260, I think the chance of RE262's price being lowered to $150 is high.
  4. tan1415
    Hi clieos,
    Hope you can help me out.
    I have the Brainwavz M2 and the Qjays that i listen to alot to.
    Weird thing is..overall i prefer the Qjays, but on certain type of music i prefer the M2.
    Somehow with music with a beat the M2s sounds so much better than the Qjays....that I tend to replace the qjays with the M2. Its really starting to bug me...all that switching around.
    Seems I am very partial to the (mid)bass in my music.
    My questions are:
    1) Is there a headphone that combines great highs(without sibilance), Great mids(vocals) and of course with a nice strong bass with a nice thump(midbass?) ..without getting to bassy.(I mean with artificial enhancement of lowend)?
    2)If question 1 is a negative. Does my preference for bass/midbass means that I am more of a dynamic than balanced armature type?
    3) Any suggestions of an IEM?
    I only have 2 IEMs and it just bugs me how often i get the urge to switch. I wonder how people do it with more than 2 IEMs.(Think that's 90% of all headfiers)
  5. ClieOS Contributor
    It does seem like you are partial to mid and bass (which is where dynamic usually excels over BA). For that, I think you will like Ortofon e-Q5, though it is much more expensive then q-JAYS. However, not all hope is lost with the q-JAYS - I will suggest you try the O.J.mod first, which transforms the lean and clear q-JAYS to a fuller mid, which is much more enjoyable IMO.
  6. ClieOS Contributor
    Panasonic RP-HJE450 added.
  7. nizarp
    Awesome review. I love the way you structured the review based on sound signature.

  8. ClieOS Contributor


    Thank you.
  9. izaku
    Hi ClieOS,
    In your opinion, Which category will SM3 be? Btw, it is an awesome list.
  10. ClieOS Contributor


    Thanks. Really hope I can answer your question but I haven't listened to SM3 yet (I visited the store that carries it a while ago but I forgot to ask for an audition). If I have to make a guess based on the review I read so far, I'll say it probably belong to Warm+Sweet - then again it is a total guess.
  11. ClieOS Contributor
    MEElec CX21, CW31, CC51, and A151 added.
  12. elfary
    What would be the group the Westone UM3x belong to ?
  13. kostalex
    Great review, ClieOS!
  14. ClieOS Contributor

    Probably Warm+Sweet. I can't really give you any definitive answer since I only auditioned UM3X briefly quite some time ago and never reviewed it formally.

  15. desilver
    Hi! ClieOS, you have your opinion about these headphones Nakamichi NEP-XT1 and Nakamichi NEP-A500, can you give me information? Or you think to review?
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