- Nov 7, 2005
I recently tried out the e4c's, one of the better iem's out there, obviously excluding UE10's and e5c's, etc... However, i was rather disappointed by its sound. Putting aside the soundstage, which obviously iem's can't achieve what headphones can, headphones just sound so much better. There's better placement of instruments, MORE details, and overall just a much more refined sound. Don't get me wrong, the e4c's did sound great, good balance of sound, clear mids and bright but not shrill highs. Bass presence is amazing too. However, i find that my hd555's which cost half the price easily beats the e4c in many many ways. I think there's a limit to what iem's can do, and even though i haven't heard the ue10's, i think it's sound signature will be similar to the shure's, though improved in many ways. So which can possibly sound better? Headphones or IEM's? I know this might be sort of an apples and oranges question, but really, if u want good, original, neutral sound, nothing beats headphones w/ a good amp. (iem's don't improve that much w/ an amp either...) Oh, and let's exclude electrostats for now. THey're in a totally different league.