I want to upgrade from my Klipsh S4's, where should I go?
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Hello Head-Fi,
 
I have had my S4's for around two years and like them but ready for an upgrade. I would like something that is had good bass, but is not thumpy. At the same time do not want it to be anemic where I have to use EQ to help that.
 
Any recommendation for $150 or less is great. I listen to a lot of electronica, blues, jazz, Latin jazz, and music like Steel Dan.
 
All my music is 728k FLAC at home (computer, creative external sound card) or MP3 320k (Sony E344 or Sansa Fuze+) for on the go.
 
Thanks in advance
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I've got the S4s too. I recently purchased the Brainwavz ProAlpha ($39) and I think they represent a significant improvement on the S4s. They have plenty of bass and do an extraordinary job of presenting each instrument on its own. I mean there is very little blurring of the different sounds and timbres in a song--its easy to pick out each instrument and voice, in fact its hard not to. And there is some kind of clear as a bell like quality to the sounds that I'm not sure I can accurately describe, just that the sound is very pleasing and not at all harsh, the opposite of harsh actually... They are even uber comfortable like the Klipsch. Makes me really wonder how good the M2 and M3 sound! The Pro Alpha is actually the same as the M1 but w/ more bass and a bit less resistance (20ohm I believe).
 
But if you have money to burn perhaps consider the M2. The M3 supposedly is a little less bassy  but maybe more extension--I dunno, just repeating what I've heard. I'm intrigued w/ the M3 because it's supposedly an imaging monster.
 
I'm sure others will recommend the VSonic GR07. I can't speak to that except it it sure looks good from this distance.
 
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Interesting, I was look at the  Ety MC 5's but it looks like the are a little weak in the bass extension.
 
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Do you want a similar sound signature? The reason I ask is because you said you don't want something with thumping bass, yet the bass of the S4 is pretty thumpy IMO.
 
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I like the deep bass but something with a more refined low end.

Something like the GR07 would be a pretty good upgrade then. They've got the low end covered for sure...especially if you push them with the right equipment. The Sansa would probably do a really good job with that.
 
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natural progression would be the x10i.
 
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Neither a-JAYS or t-JAYS will be upgrade over S4. For $150 or less, you can get a Future Sonics Atrio MG7 from buy.com and that is one big upgrade over S4.
 
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Neither a-JAYS or t-JAYS will be upgrade over S4. For $150 or less, you can get a Future Sonics Atrio MG7 from buy.com and that is one big upgrade over S4.


The Atrio MG7 is definitely an upgrade, but It was too difficult to achieve a proper fit for me.  I'm optimistic about the X10's though, being as I know there will be no comfort issue.
 
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X10 is mid centric. It is still an upgrade over S4, but not a direct upgrade over the same sound signature.
 
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X10 is mid centric. It is still an upgrade over S4, but not a direct upgrade over the same sound signature.


I agree, but I don't think that you can compare the S4 to the X10 or X5 for that matter.
 
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