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Multi-IEM Review - 352 IEMs compared (Pump Audio Earphones added 04/03/16 p. 1106)

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  1. ljokerl Contributor
    I haven't heard the GR04 but based on what I have heard from VSonic, you'll likely have to look outside of VSonic for a sibilance-free dynamic-driver earphone. It doesn't have the best treble but the Yamaha EPH-100 might be a good option. It's not as relaxed up top as the SE215 but really isn't sibilant and has no real midrange recession. Another option would be the Dunu Tai Chi - it's not as bassy as the Yamaha but still not bass-lean, and has smooth highs. The HiSound Crystal also reminded me of an SE215 without the treble dip and missing some of the smoothness. Good bass, though, and under $100.

    The regular SE215 worked with my (non-otterbox) case. There is also an aftermarket smartphone cable with mic/remote that should be more case-friendly. The sound is fine - bass is definitely punchy. When you factor in build quality it's still a very good deal. 
  2. cibibikeru

    If I switch for example to a more expensive set like Rockit R-50 which is on top of your list, will I be satisfied?
  3. Alias Gu
    Hi, Joker.
    Here is a very complicated but very practical question for you :)
    How do you usually tell the difference between different soundstage? because my experience might be a little off your review.
    According to your Fitear 334 review, you said Fitear 334 has an out-of-brain and very 3D soundstage. 
    But my ear tells me Fitear 334's has a very 3D soundstage but locates in my brain, and when wearing 334 i hardly can imagine there is a singer  singing in front of me out of my brain.
    Have any clues about what causes this different experience between you and me?
  4. ljokerl Contributor
    It's not more expensive than the EPH-100 and it doesn't really fit your requirements.

    Are you comparing the 334 to other IEMs or to something else - headphones, speakers, etc? My reviews are written in the context of the IEM being an IEM. I use speakers for much of my casual listening these days and I don't expect any IEM to match them. For an IEM the FitEar is spacious - the width of its soundstage is (subjectively) better than with most top-tier universals and mid-tier customs and the imaging is quite good. 
    Also, I may be a little unclear on what you are referencing exactly because here's what I posted about the TG334:
  5. Amitl
    Joker...please dont hate me but...arrr
    what do you think about Thinksound MS01 microphonics VS. id America spark microphonics?
    and is a straight barrel IEM + ear guides' fit securely like a Shure SE 215 fit, or does the
    Shure provide a more *secure* fit?
    AND.....would you say the Thinksound MS01 is sibilant/harsh like the Klipsch S4??
    thank you...
  6. ljokerl Contributor

    I think the MS01 is a little less microphonic but I still recommend wearing them over-the-ear. As for the fit, I suppose it depends on your ears. I can get a very secure fit with many straight barrel IEMs, though I think a memory wire set like the SE215 would still have an advantage. By the way, cable guides are sold separately if you need them for your Spark. 
    Harshness - the MS01 isn't as bad as the S4. More similar to the Spark. 
  7. Alias Gu
    i might misread about your Fitear 334 review.
    Actually i compared my 334 to headphone because i I have PX200 and i still find PX200 has a much more realistic and accurate out-of-brain soundstage. 
    I know this comparison is quite unfair because IEMs, CIEMs and headphones are different stuffs. 
    But i still want to find a CIEM or IEM, at least approaching those soundstage made by low-end headphones 
  8. Amitl
    Thank you Joker!!
  9. ljokerl Contributor

    I would try the MDR-EX600 or EX1000. Beyond that, i don't know.
  10. thesuperguy
    I'd like to ask if the sound ratings are scaled the same for your IEMs and headphone threads? So if a headphone and an IEM both get 9/10, do you prefer them equally?
  11. SenG
    Awesome thread with a huge list of IEMs reviewed with detailed description and comparisons!

    Thank you for your effort and time to continually update this thread with more reviews and answering everyone's questions, which helps to cut down on Thread spam so that threads like these can continue to shine, cheers!

    Now I just have to decide between the FitEar To Go! 334 and Unique Melody Miracle, for long-term use and music enjoyment, mostly because I may lose a bit of weight, and thus risk losing the seal and comfort of the UM Miracle. Also, the FitEar To Go! 334 is such a challenging IEM to get your hands on, as it is constantly Out Of Stock, LOL!
  12. Mimouille

    Having both underhand now, they are nothing alike in terms of signature. The 334 have slow bass decay and thick mids whereas the Miracles have tight bass and thinner mids, and huge, airy soundstage...so it really depends on what you are looking for. 1plus2 are also very good, closer to the Miracles than the 334, but more dynamic.
  13. SenG
    Thanks for the heads-up!

    I have considered the Tralucent 1plus2, but I have reservations about the long-term aspects of it, as it seems to be a new company, despite amazing reviews of its sound quality and headstage.

    Ultimately, I really crave for a UM Miracle, with excellent Customer Service by Stephen Guo from custom-iem, but I have to weight in the cons such as misfitting (due to poor ear impressions) and change in ear canal (weight loss). I am leaning towards what is described as a V-shaped frequency, as I am now used to this signature from my ATH-M50, though it is a closed headphone.

    Another reason I did not mind the FitEar To Go! 334 is because I had considered the SM64v2, with its thick and creamy mids, but would prefer to avoid Earsonics' products' common issue, such as shells cracking.
  14. MariusHLG
    Hi guys,just signed in for this awesome thread, great job ljoker!
    Second, I am looking for some advices.
    I wanna buy some cheap and good in ear headphones for me and my gf to use on the daily commute.
    I want to be able to isolate some of the subway noise and to be able to hear all the music, a mix of good bass and good mids/highs, but without having to listen to max volume, lets say around 70-80% volume.
    My searches led up to 2 models, Philips SHE3590 and the Sony MDR EX10.
    What to you guys advice to buy? Or propose another model in the 8-15$ range better than my suggestions.
    Thanks in advance.
  15. Zelda
    Philips SHE3680/82
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