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+1 on Tenore. You can see my sig for IEMs I liked more than the BA200
I think the InEar StageDiver 2 is a good upgrade to the BA200
Thanks for your replies and suggestions. I looked for more information on the Tenore and the reviews are great and good price too. Seeing that there is a significant price difference between the Tenore and the 200's, are they really comparable? I'm not implying that cost is the only factor when judging the quality, but the 200's are 3x the price of the Tenore. Just a question.
I like the Tenore more because there is slightly more bass impact and they sound more realistic. There was something about the mids of the BA200 that made it sound slightly unnatural.
The Tenore punches well above its price imo. I actually paid more for the Tenore than my Marshall's gold mine mark down find of the BA200.
I've been in a similar boat recently with my TDKs. My left ear went out last year and i thought they were goners until i tried them plugged directly from the short plug (extension removed) into my audio source, and they worked perfectly. Once I ordered a new extension they worked great again. You've likely already tried this but just a heads up if not.
I'll second a recommendation for the RE-400s, although the range isn't quite as full as the TDKs (more mid-focused).
The RHA MA-750 has a similar signature to the TDKs with more bass emphasis and infinitely better build quality (and a 3 year warranty to boot). In a direct comparison the TDKs are more refined and have a smoother sound while also revealing a bit more detail than the RHAs. However the RHAs are very impressive overall, particularly for the price, and the extra bass hits hard with the right music without clouding the midrange.
The MA750 looks to be very bassy from these measurements: http://rinchoi.blogspot.com/2013/10/rha-ma750-part2-general-analysis.html?m=1
To be fair, I haven't heard it but have heard the T10i, which bassier than the MA750 by most accounts. But it's build quality is superb. RHA build is among the best I've seen at any price point.
For reference sake, here are the BA200 measurements from the same set up:
Totally agree about the build quality, my MA750s are one of the best built products I own period, and they put most IEMs to shame in that respect.
From what I've read the T10i is considerably bassier than the MA750 and mostly have read so-so reviews of the overall sound (on the T10i). The MA750 is definitely bassier than the BA200, but to my ears the bass rarely bleeds into the mids so the overall sound is pretty clean. I can't stand muddy bass that clouds the rest of the sound but i don't mind some extra punch as long as it stays where it belongs. The MA750s are able to straddle that line of extra bass without devolving into flabbiness.
So I went ahead and ordered the Tenore. They seem like a good fit for my needs. Again, thanks to everyone for the suggestions
I just ordered a pair. Can anyone give me some good advice to make them last a long time? I am worried about build quality. Many say their's have broken. How can I make them last forever? Well okay maybe not forever, but at least a good amount of time (prolong it's life)?
Handle them gently, wrap the wire gently. You don't know the care habits of the people whose units have died. Of the IEMs I own, they all still work. I think the more fragile headphones like the BA200 and ones with weaker strain relief are susceptible to careless owners.
^ Okay thanks. I'm looking forward to receiving them!
I would say keep them in a nice box. For mine it lasted until I accidentally clamp the box too hard and broke both the shell and driver
My second pair is running nicely and I am listening to it now. Still as amazing as ever and my favourite for listening on the go.
I have had two incidents. First right damper got clogged by sweat and i replaced it with a Knowles damper. A few months later the cable broke at the jack. A friend of mine was able to replace the jack hence it is back working.
Even nursing them incidents have happened to me. Hence build quality it is not as stellar as the sound.
Fear the man wearing velcro strapped sandals, for he has nothing left to lose.
^ Did you exercise with them? Or was this just normal listening?
"I would say keep them in a nice box. For mine it lasted until I accidentally clamp the box too hard and broke both the shell and driver
My second pair is running nicely and I am listening to it now. Still as amazing as ever and my favourite for listening on the go."
Do you recommend a good box?