- Aug 14, 2013
This ticks two boxes, its definitely has smooth and warm sounding highs, soundstage is decent but I don't think it has good clarity in the mids, likewise I think it will lack the level of DD oomph he's looking for. It's also more midbassy than rumbly.
Ive tried the FH5, IT03 and IT04 and I'd put them like this : IT04>FH5>IT03
Another option would be the FiiO FA7 which I would place on par with the IT04 but with a different tuning.
Edit: the IT01S is also a noteworthy iem to check out but the highs are more energetic (but not harsh) so I'm not sure if you'd like them.
Thanks. Given the price of the FH5 vs. the IT04, I'm tempted to give the FH5 a shot. From what I've read it should have plenty of sub-bass probably for my liking, but how's the clarity in the mid-range? And how would you describe the highs? Would the IT04 be significantly better at 2x the cost of the FH5?
FWIW, probably my overall favorite headphone in terms of sound signature is the Sony MDR-7520, which is a pro monitor type headphone. Very clean and deep bass, extremely clear mid-range and crisp highs. Very detailed sound. The only area where it lacks is in soundstage width and depth, but imaging is great. I'm hoping to find something similar in an IEM (the Sony MDR-7550 would probably come close, but it doesn't isolate well at all so I've ruled that out).