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if you'r in australia you can get the eph100 for ~$100
Any plans to add the Phiaton MS200 Moderna into the mix seeing how similar a design they share?
First, thank you for your response and also for this guide. Second, forgive me for having you compare IEMs and headphones... not what I intended. It's just that I love the sound signature I get from my Q701s. So now I'm in the market for some IEMs so I can use on the go.
I recently purchased the Shure SE215-LTDs but had to return them (too bassy). This is why I asked if there were any IEMs that sounded like the Q701s. And yes, though different, they are very similar to the K701s (from what I have read). But mine have different pads (from K702 Annies) that raise the bass just a little... perfect enough for me.
So anyways, from what I understand is I am better off with the GR07 instead of the GR01. Are there any more IEMs under $200 that may be what I'm looking for?
Sorry, I'm apparently one of the few who have never heard the GR07. It certainly has plenty of fans around Head-fi.
An excellent read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/556556/comparison-russia-china-showdown-dba-02-vs-gr07
Thank you for the reply Joker, this made me think and research more into what sound signature would fit me better and I decided to play it safe and get something warm/sweet, I managed to get a MEElec A151 for U$30 on Amazon. Should be a good enough intro iem for me
Once again, thanks for the help and for making this topic, it is invaluable!
Wow, nice price on the A151.
I thought I saw the S1 on ebay for ~$95. They are up on the Philips USA website so I'm sure they will hit major distribution soon.
The official pics do look very similar but the finish is definitely different and they use different materials in places. The S1 feels lighter as well. Here's a picture of the housings from the front:
For the sibilance issue I would try adding an inline impedance adapter - it seems to slightly reduce treble quantity with TWFKs.
It's hard to find an earphone with the strengths of the DBA-02 but none of the drawbacks. The RE272, for example, has similarly great clarity and smoother treble but doesn't give you any more bass quantity. The RE-400 has a bit more bass and smoother treble but that bass hump is noticeable in comparison to the DBA-02/RE-272 and you lose a small amount of the clarity. The GR07 (mkI) has the bass but is more sibilant, and so on. You may have to go high-end, like the UE900, and still do a little of EQing to bring the treble energy up to DBA-02 levels if you need.
They are both 2012 additions so no updated versions yet as far as I know (unless you consider JVC's pricier triple dynamic models). I don't consider the Wooduo 2 to be as good as the FXT90 unless you favor its massive subbass. The FXT90 is nice, with plenty likable sound. Not sure how it will hold up for gym use - I would probably pick up a cheaper/disposable set if you sweat a lot. The EPH-100 as recommended by Zelda is also something I like a lot, unless its higher isolation will be dangerous during your commute.
Really depends on the type of sound you favor. Someone asked a similar question on the previous page with a ~$100 limit and I recommended the JVC FXT90 - I think its mildly v-shaped signature works well for both genres as long as you don't favor neutral sound. It's a safe option that won't leave you wanting more bass. The Yamaha EPH-100 is another safe one with an overall warmer, smoother sound.
I have a pair here but was planning to skip them - the performance is a little underwhelming. One of the most unique-looking IEMs I have but so far just doesn't seem to be a very strong performer. I am not sure what the price is at but they sound like a bassier - but not necessarily better - Phiaton PS20.
Yes, the SE215 is in a different league of bass-heavy compared to the GR07. The bass of the GR07 is just north of neutral. You may want to look at the new Philips Fidelio S1/S2 as well. Not much out there on them at the moment (they are new) but they sound very good. I think the S2 is about on-par with the GR07 and will run just $150. I'm not yet sure which sound signature I favor. One key difference outside of the sound is the fit - the Philips has to be worn cable-down while the GR07 has to be worn cord-up.
Good price for the A151, cheaper even than the Astrotec and Rock-It Sounds competition.
Thanks for the S1/S2 pic joker!
I like bass but I'm not a basshead. I like balance all around sound but with more bass or sub-bass
if I extend my budget to $200 what are you recommend?
currently aiming GR07 mk2 but after read GR07 Bass Edition I become confused @@
and I found TDK BA200 is in GR07 price range
$120 (+ shipping, depending in location) from ebay
So this made me think that "vsonic it is then", but then i read about this rockit sound r-50 and vsonics gr01, what can you say about vsonic gr07 BE and mk2, gr01 and r-50. these are my last choices for my replacement iems, reading alot of reviews didnt help as i will for example like gr07 but after reading a post then switch to gr01 after reading another, i really want the balanced sound maybe a tad leaning in the bass side for the sound signature. thanks for the opinions again.
im satisfied with Fischer Audio DBA-02 mkII while using with favourite powerful/clear leading vocal. It sounds clear and gives me "feeling of scene" (it still far behind/flat compared to akg k702) + im getting nice isolation ... and that nice monitor sound with all creepy mastering fails =/.
i'v wanted to interest as if is there are IEMs that suitable for a bit different music? i'v found out that it gives me headache (im not sure how to describe that sound but at the powerful/fastest parts of the song im getting sort of "peak sound" changing to "a bit metallic/plastic/flat" (i rly dunno how else to describe that) and its not suitable) whan i try to hear Skillet, Lacuna Coil or Cascada with it. Sometimes Gamma Ray too ...
i am ready to buy another pair for testing. wich one i should try now? its again around 200$ per pair.
So from what I read the HiFiMan RE 400 is rated pretty highly around here.
You guys reckon, if for the same price I can get TDK IE 800. Which one would you choose?
I listen to all range of musics but mainly EDM and pop jazz and a bit of rock and hip hop. I want mainly the clarity really in my IEM.
What?! This doesn't make my life any easier at all. Now I want both of them. Crap!