Help deciding on IEMS, please!
Mar 24, 2013 at 5:49 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 14

Sauce021

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HI everyone. I'm new here. Let me get right to the point. 
Okay. So I've been doing a ton of research on many different IEMs.
I've only just found out that there are far more superior IEMs than Bose
has to offer in that price bracket. I wanted some expert advice on which
to choose. Here's some info on my tastes to help:
- Trance (Armin Van Burren, Above & Beyond, etc.)
- Metal/Rock/Industrial (Rammstein, SOAD, Metallica,    
   Korn, blah blah blah)
- Video Game Music
- Hip-hop (occasionally/mostly bboy music)
- Score (Eric Serra, Hans Zimmer)
- Other Electronic (Daft Punk, Rob Dougan, Prodigy)
 
I listen to much more, but there's a few to start. The IEMs that I've seen a lot in the forums are:
- UE Triple-fi 10
- Shure se315/425
- Etymotic HF5/ER-4PT
- Grad 07/08
- BA200
- Seinnheiser IE6/IE8
 
I have no idea where to start. My budget is $100 - $200. Please help! :frowning2:
 
Mar 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM Post #3 of 14

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my vote is for the tf10. i listen to alot of the same kind of music as you.  trance,dance,dubstep,chillstep,rap,rnb,ect they perform very well. they have dual woofer balanced armatures and a single BA for mids and highs. they are a great all around iem
 
Mar 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM Post #6 of 14

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UE TF10 should be OK.
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Mar 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM Post #7 of 14

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What about the Rockit Sounds R-50? ($120) I have heard that they're a damn good IEM for the money.

Also, the R-50 uses two Knowles TWFK BA drivers, which are used in many other high-end IEM designs.

Joker's take on them:

(2B21) Rock-It Sounds R-50


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Details: Dual BA earphone from Rock-It Sounds
Current Price: $120 from rockitsounds.com (MSRP: $119.99)
Specs: Driver: dual BA | Imp: 31Ω | Sens: 110 dB | Freq: 20-20k Hz | Cable: 4.2' I-plug
Nozzle Size: 3mm | Preferred tips: Etymotic triple-flanges, Stock single-flanges; Klipsch bi-flanges, Shure gray flex
Wear Style: Over-the-ear

Accessories (3.5/5) – Single-flange silicone tips (3 sizes), airline adapter, and clamshell carrying case
Build Quality (4/5) – The R-50 utilizes plastic housings with a soft rubber sheath on the outside. Two inches of memory wire and a twisted cable identical to those found on the Rock-It R-20 and R-30 complete the picture. The memory wire is quite inflexible and makes the housings feel more fragile than they really are. Care should be taken when handling the joint between the memory wire and housing
Isolation (3.5/5) – Isolation is good even though only single-flange tips are included. Aftermarket triple-flange tips and a deep insertion help further
Microphonics (5/5) – Cable noise is nonexistent with the excellent twisted cable
Comfort (4.5/5) – The housings are small and designed for an over-the-ear fit. The nozzles are long enough to achieve a comfortable seal and the overall design is lightweight and unobtrusive. The memory wire has more memory than most

Sound (9.2/10) – The R-50 is based on the familiar Knowles TWFK dual armature driver, which puts in good company with the likes of the Ultimate Ears 700 and VSonic GR01. While not exactly unique in sound signature, the R-50 is one of the better-tuned TWFKs I’ve come across, and also one of the most reasonably-priced.

The sound signature of the R-50 is a balanced one. Starting with the low end the R-50 pursues accuracy. The bass is lean, punchy, linear, and extended, with much less mid-bass presence and than the lower-end R-30 model. The single-armature MEElec A161P has a similarly flat bass presentation but offers more punch and power than the R-50 at the expense of some of the refinement. The Audio-Technica CK10 and Etymotic ER4S are more similar to the R-50 with a hair less mid-bass providing them with even flatter bass presentations. On the whole, while those looking for rumbly sub-bass or thick, full-bodied impact won’t find it in the R-50, fans of clean and accurate bass will be pleased.

The midrange of the R-50 is near the top of the food chain when it comes to clarity and fine detailing, vastly improving on the lower-end R-30. It helps that the low end never intrudes and the note presentation is lean and crisp. The tone is quite neutral as well - the R-50 makes both the MEElec A161P and VSonic GR07 sound warm in comparison. Some may complain that it tends towards a thinner note presentation but it’s really no worse than the original Fischer Audio DBA-02 in that respect.

Moving on up, the R-50 continues to yield no real surprises. In typical TWFK fashion, the treble boasts plenty of energy. It is crisp and sparkly, but not particularly forgiving. Some treble peaks can be discerned but sound tamer with Etymotic triple-flange tips and a deeper seal, or an inline impedance adapter. With single-flange tips the R-50 can be a touch sibilant compared, for example, to the Etymotic ER4S, but not as offensive as the VSonic GR07 can be. Top-end extension is good and the presentation is quite airy. Soundstage size is impressive – the width and depth are above average and the imaging is not too far behind the venerable Audio-Technica CK10. Soundstage width is reminiscent of the VSonic GR07 but the R-50 boasts better depth. Instrument separation is excellent as well.
 
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UE TF10 should be OK.
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The TF10 is definitely worth checking out.
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my vote is for the tf10. i listen to alot of the same kind of music as you.  trance,dance,dubstep,chillstep,rap,rnb,ect they perform very well. they have dual woofer balanced armatures and a single BA for mids and highs. they are a great all around iem

I've seen a lot of buzz over these iems... ... and I mean a lot. O.O 
My fear is that they're over-hyped. I could be wrong though as I've only just discovered the "world" of non-mainstream iems.
I'd love to try them both as well as the Shure 425s, but I don't have the "moo-lah" to dish out for them. D:
Ugh... I really don't know. TwinQy told me that the mids would be clearer on the gr07s. 
Here's my current shortened list:
1.) UE TF-10
2.) GR07-MKII
3.) FXC-200 ? 
 
Apr 1, 2013 at 3:59 PM Post #11 of 14

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I'm actually going to recommend the Hisound Wooduo2, as it has the bass that you need without sacrificing details.
I am a big fan of the SE425 but it may lack bass for the music you listen to. I would go with a dynamic driver for your tastes.
Hisound Wooduo2 or maybe DUNU DN-19 tai chi
 
Apr 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM Post #12 of 14

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Another vote for TF10's - also if you could find a good used pair and get them reshelled - you might not be out more than $300 - and really be happy.
 
Apr 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM Post #13 of 14

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Yes definitely get the TF10 with some Comply Foam Tips, and maybe some cables later.
 
Apr 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM Post #14 of 14

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I'm actually going to recommend the Hisound Wooduo2, as it has the bass that you need without sacrificing details.
I am a big fan of the SE425 but it may lack bass for the music you listen to. I would go with a dynamic driver for your tastes.
Hisound Wooduo2 or maybe DUNU DN-19 tai chi

Interesting. 
 

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