shotgunshane’s IEM (custom and universal) recommendations, favorites and classics

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  1. thesanctified

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    Perfect Seal hasn't been responding. I submitted an order request over a week ago and recieved a "I'll get back to you." I sent a follow up response and still no reply. Maybe it would be better to call them.
     
  2. shotgunshane

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    He's been out of the office for the past week. He should be back today but yeah, might be good to call.
     
  3. mulolomu

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    @shotgunshane

    Why no 1964 ears lineup on your recommendation list? And have you tried U5?
     
  4. jowls

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    My UERR has sold and I have a Deca on the way, thanks to your impressions. Mike is great to deal with too...

    Hang in there, he has been away with little/no internet access and is catching up on enquiries. He just got back to me to confirm my order which I placed about 2 weeks ago...
     
  5. shotgunshane

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    I've only heard 2 from their line up. I had an old 1964 Quad that was pretty good. It was the place to go if you wanted to upgrade from the Westone 4.

    The other I owned was the universal u10. I really didn't care for it. Very, very bassy. It wasn't necessarily bad but there wasn't anything special or top tier about it either. Not to mention it was supposed to be fairly neutral but wasn't remotely close to neutral.

    Maybe their next round of iems they design with upcoming TIA tech will make the list.
     
  6. shotgunshane

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    I read 64 Audio say the first iems with TIA should be out 4th quarter this year. If I'm not mistaken they said the first versions will all be universals only.
     
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    Hey @shotgunshane, how would you compare the fitting of the Martian to customs, or universals such as the TFZ 5 or Westones? I'd love to get the Martians, but given how hard the Series 5 stays in my ears, I'd be wary dropping that much money on a UIEM blind.
     
  8. shotgunshane

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    The TFZ fit seems easy at first but like you said, it feels hard and uncomfortable after a while.

    I love the fit of the Westone uni's, just don't love the sound much anymore. A Westone style fit only works really well with lower driver counts IME. The Shure 846 has similar fit and gave me some fatigue, due to its bulk, on longer listening sessions.

    Funnily enough, I get no fatigue with the Martian. I also understand all the UM uni's are getting this same shape with their v2 housings. The housing is bulky but contoured and ergonomic. I never got any fatigue from the old v1 housings I have with the Maestro and the Merlin housing is even better.

    Customs can be hit or miss too. My UERM is hands down the best fitting custom I've had. I had UE scan it to make my RR. Each custom I've had, has had slightly differing fit from each other. Some great, good or just so, so. Some people struggle to get comfortable customs. Every ear is different and makes different canal shapes when opening and closing your mouth. That's why it's always nice to find a first custom in your own country. Saves on shipping if you have a bunch of refits.

    I have universals I like the fit as much as I do customs, so for me, I don't prefer one fit necessarily over the other but you'll find many people who swear by one way or the other. I guess that's just the way it is and you won't know until you try.
     
  9. shotgunshane

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    The good news is, you won't lose as much money reselling uni's as much as you would full customs. You just have to be willing to risk taking a loss and selling if you want to try. Or trying to find a show you can attend to try some of the latest and greatest.
     
  10. Madaboutaudio

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    @shotgunshane and the rest,

    What's your opinion of RHA T20i?
     
  11. shotgunshane

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    I haven't tried the T20i. Not a fan of the T10i SQ but build was impressive.
     
  12. smithj

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    How different is the bass between the MDR-7550/EX800ST and the EX1000?
     
  13. shotgunshane

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    Just took a quick listen at the E70 and compared it to the SE846 on the Sony ZX2

    I find that the Audio Technica E70 has nicer female voicing than Shure SE846. SE846 can sound shouty/sibilant but has more low end bass.
     
  15. shotgunshane

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    Yeah, in stock form, the mids are pretty shouty to me too and I don't like the treble roll off. Makes for an oddly fatiguing experience. The modded filters are so much better in my experience.

    Audio-Technica has so many iems and I've heard so few of them.
     
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    On the topic of SE846 treble rolloff, I think this rolloff is quite common on most BA I have listened to. Only a handful BA* can reach the level of high frequency extension(Sparkle along with Airiness) that regular well designed^ voice coil driver iem have. Cymbals/Hi hats still sound more realistic to me on almost all# voice coil vs typical BA.

    Also the SE846 has quite a small sound/headstage than what I am used to. Overall the IEM didn't feel right/good to me, I guessed it would sound fatiguing(shouty + small headstage) for long listen sessions.

    * Final Audio FI-BA-SS, Fischer Audio DBA-02. Noble K10 comes quite close but still not there.

    # except Sennheiser IE80

    ^ Examples: Vsonic GR07, JVC Woodies, Sony EX1000
     
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  17. shotgunshane

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    Off the top of my head, the UERM, UERR, and ER4 models all get to 16k or more.
     
  18. JewBear

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    Shotgunshane, what's your thoughts on the Flare IEMs. I have the R2A and it's grown on me quite a bit. It's a bit warmed over, but if you listen the details are there for the most part.
     
  19. shotgunshane

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    I borrowed a set from a friend. I think it was the pro but he told me with the back vents adjusted the A sounded the same (he had both).

    I preferred the Rockets to them because the Flare treble didn't sit well with my ears (a bit peaky) but the bass was definitely deeper and fuller than the Rockets.

    At any rate they were pretty good. I have 3 friends that like them moreso than the Rockets due to the deeper bass. The A seems to be much better value than the Pro.
     
  20. IlikeIEMs

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    Can you tell me what comes in the box with the Martian? I see that UM is selling it on Amazon now, but the pics do not indicate whether there is any included case or any included selection of tips. Does anyone have a recommendation on tips that worked?
     

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