IEM general discussion thread

Discussion in 'IEMs and Portable Gear' started by Griffon, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. Claritas

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    The short answer is no. Savant has a "consumer friendly" sound: mid-bass hump and polite on top. It's tastefully done but nothing special. To be fair, that's more than I can say for most IEMs. There's a very mild treble spike that's audible but not annoying. Resolution isn't on the level of N4. If you simply want something inoffensive, buy a Tenore or two instead.
     
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  2. Drunkbag

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    Can't really get a deal on those sadly. No one sells them where I live.
    I wanted to get them directly from Noble, perhaps even the Wizard version.

    Is there anything worthy at that price point?
    I could go up to $1000 but I wouldn't be able to get CIEM's because no one does ear impressions over here.
    I also won't be able to get a DAC/AMP most likely.
     
  3. riker1384

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    Am I the only one who thinks the Apple In-Ear Headphones sound pretty damn good? They're good enough for me and I don't want to spend a bunch of money on high-end IEMs that are going to get broken, lost or stolen. I carry them in my pocket; carrying a separate case to protect them defeats the portability and convenience of an IEM.

    I haven't heard many IEMs, but these sound much better than the Ety er6i to me. Are there any better IEMs under $100?
     
  4. briskly

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    About the ADDIEM, the balance was okay, and it shifted to become notably more neutral and clearer if you stick a bunch of impedance in front of it. Most of the simple single/double BA configurations don't mind some higher impedance, and quite a few sound better for it.

    One big con to the ADDIEM is that it has really bad power handling. The timbre noticeably changes as you start to crank it up, it outputs unusually high distortion at higher levels.
     
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    Just picked up a Campfire Audio Jupiter, and am getting used to its sound. It's not taking me long to really be impressed by its characteristics. The midrange is awesome. It seems pretty even-keeled to me overall, with a nice bit of deep bass extension. Thankfully it's pretty quick in the lows, and not at all muddy. I especially like how detailed it is without being harsh. That's been my only complaint about my UM Mason... it tends to be a bit grating from time to time somewhere low to mid treble area (not sure which, as I've never had the Mason measured). And listening to it back-to-back with the new Jupiter really brings it to light. I have been highly enjoying everything about the Mason except that bite, with its expansive presentation, crazy level of detail/resolution, and very well realized midrange. But the Jupiter has more lifelike, fleshed out mids, and loses that brightness problem. So I'm quickly coming around to preferring the Jupiter I think. Need more listening time with both......
     
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    Thought I'd post this here as an inquiry as this may be a good a place as any...
    Been tip rolling lately and gone through a lot of types. I find I like the foams the best, best isolation and comfort. But, damn, they just don't last that long. Maybe a trade-off to their properties. I am looking for a good few for my Campfire Lyra and Cypher Labs C6. Do you know of a decent maker that boasts longer lasting foam tips. I have tried the Complys and JVC and other more generic tips. Just can't get them to last very long. And no, I don't find myself chewing on them. I may sleep chew but I can't tell....
     
  7. Huhnkopf

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    Hi guys, since quite a few experienced users roam these subforums I thought I put the question here too:

    looking for an universal IEM with a maximum of maybe 300€. I will be buying from mainland EU/UK.
    I had the UE900's and while I liked them the cable was utter bullshit, several times. Would have kept them else as I'm not too picky mobile (as in not needing any CIEM or anything) but still need a good baseline. Can't find the Brainwavz B2/DBA-02 anywhere.

    so far I put the following IEMs on the list:

    Sennheiser IE 80
    RHA T20i (using an Iphone 6)
    DUNU DN-2000J
     
  8. jafnvaegi

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    What didn't you like about the cable? There has been a revision the last year or two, in the UE900S. They reportedly addressed issues with the MMCX jack and the stock cable appears to be different...unless this is the one you had, then disregard. I don't have first hand experience with the newer 'S' version so hopefully someone else will chime in if it's not the case. The other option is extending your budget with them for a decent aftermarket cable like Linum BaX directly from Linum's website - I do have experience with their cables and ergonomically they are among the best IMO.

    I think those on your list have rather different traits and overall signatures...how close to the UE900 presentation do you want to stay? A few of us are holding out for either impressions/measurements or the chance to try the newly released MEEaudio Pinnacle P1 which is about 180€. I may be getting one soon myself as I tend to prefer dynamic driver IEMs, they are very promising and look to have great build/ergonomics. Of the three you listed, I suspect the DN2000J may be the best option...but I've not heard them myself, so I can't make a solid recommendation...or with any hybrids for that matter. I'd personally recommend something like the Audio Technica IM02 if you're looking for an alternative to the UE900, different cable type/connectors, similar signature and cost roughly 180€ also. They can be very picky with sources though, specifically requiring low output impedance and low noise floor. What devices do you primarily listen from? Another less picky (but unfortunately discontinued) option is the TDK BA200 if you can find one new, price varies but there is one on Ebay in Spain right now for 120€. There's also the Vsonic GR07, great price to performance dynamic driver option as long as your not overly sensitive to treble, around 80€.
     
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  9. Merrick

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    Has anyone had a chance to hear the Trinity Atlas IEMs? I've got a friend who's willing to sell me his spare pair at cost (he got in on the Kickstarter at the early bird price). I'm debating whether to go for them for around $150 or save up for a more known pair of IEMs. Part of me thinks, it's $150 so not a huge loss if it's not great. The other part of me thinks, it's $150 I could put towards a better piece of gear.
     
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    I have the UE900 and I taped down the connectors of the cable so they wouldn't swivel around wildly.

    As for the B2/DBA-02, they're actually chinese OEMs which are still available. Not from Fischer or Brainwavz though.
    Search for G451 or GH-ERC-DMS on Amazon japan.
     
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    Sorry if I'm interrupting another discussion.

    Has anyone else backed the Echobox Finder X1 earphones or happened by it at one of the meets they went to?

    I received mine bout a week ago and thought maybe I could compare notes with some members here.
     
  12. cyloh

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    Dropping a few short notes incase anyone is interested.

    Xiaomi Piston 2.1 = Urgh

    Xiaomi Piston 3 = URGH

    Sony MH1 = They're nice.. fun and musical. Does nothing wrong to my ears. Sounds smooth without veil nor bloat. Decently resolving. Horrible cable design is unfortunate but I enjoyed the sound enough to bear with the shortcomings. Bought mine for $16 a piece :cool:
     
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    Yeah, his description of the treble is really the only 'concern' if anything, but it's still so promising as a whole...I've got a pair on order as of this afternoon. They gave me a referral code link for 10% off, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to share this here. As long as they don't overly accentuate the sibilant region (and that doesn't seem to be the case) I am golden ;) Impressions certainly to follow!
     
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    u have/tried Dunu 2000J? If yeah, i'd love to know! Coz right now it's the most detailed IEM i have (on hand) bar those expensive CIEM and stuffs lol.
     
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    Unfortunately I've not had a chance to sample any hybrids yet, or pulled the trigger on getting a pair myself. I was considering the DN2000J for a while though as my first.
     
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    Is there any impression or experience for custom art harmony 8 here?
     
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    You might like to try out the older DN-2000 first (which I used to own before I lost it late last year). I found the 2000J much brighter than the 2000, and the latter had some sibilance on some tracks. For the 2000J I didn't bother testing my sibilance tracks as some of the normal songs were already starting to sound shrill. Plus the dealer claimed the pair had already been burning in for one week. So if you are sensitive to sibilance or brightness, I would recommend you give it a listen first before buying a pair.
     
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    From comparisons between the two I think I was mistaking their respective signatures, the DN2000 is what I had intended being the one with a smoother upper mid/treble. I'm guessing you picked up the 'J' after losing your pair?
     

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