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Iem recommendations (200 max)

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by 413x, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

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    Location: Stamford

    Looking for another set of iems as mine broke.

    Looking for rich treble and fast response.
    Best iems I owned were triple fi 10.

    Looked at Imore quad driver but although it gets great reviews the sound seems to be opposite of what I want.

    Will be driven straight from laptop / phone most of the time
     
  2. rids57

    Soldato

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  3. 413x

    Capodecina

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  4. rids57

    Soldato

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    Another option would be the FLC8s triple driver (dual BA + dynamic), which allows you to fine tune your preferred sound signature with replaceable filters. They are a bit more expensive at around £230 but should be able to meet anyone's personal requirements.

    Review: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/flc-technology-flc8/
     
  5. neil_g

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 9, 2007

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    Location: South Hampshire

    Just picked some of these up, running a 2.5mm balanced from a fiio q1 mk2.

    Initial thoughts are very nice, need a proper sit down run through but natural sounding, nice separation. Cant complain about lacking treble personally.
     
  6. danza

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    Used IE 800s. They spank pretty much anything if you can get over the non-replaceable cable and slightly iffy fit.

    I have some Fischer Amps FA-04 which in isolation are excellent. The IE 800s I had were far better though - they don't really do anything even slightly badly from a SQ point. Bass is incredible, treble is 'sparkly' without being too much.

    Beware the mountains of counterfeits being sold as genuine, though.
     
  7. 413x

    Capodecina

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    How do you find a genuine pair?

    I have also been looking at dunu 2000j

    So still looking
     
  8. 413x

    Capodecina

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    I think these are a little over my piece range! :o
     
  9. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Can't decide on anything in particular so think I'm going to try a pair of dunu 2000j. Out of the reviews I've found seem OK.
    Is so hard to gauge a sound producing device in words
     
  10. Sc00p007

    Gangster

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    If you are up to a hunt... I'll also recommend 2nd hand ie800. If you can get proof, like a receipt and holographic validation code. The more proof the better. I would not trust anything on ebay. Try the forums classifieds.
    I guess resale value on these things is low because of the minefield of counterfeits.
    If you can get a genuine pair, in my experience there is nothing to my ear at that 2nd hand price new or used that touch them.
     
  11. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Yeah that's what I thought too. Avoid ebay. Only would go classifieds. And yeah I'd like some of those to at least try
     
  12. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Dunu 2000j arrived today.
    I love them only for a very narrow genre of music.
    Anything with vocals sounds a bit flat. But music sounds amazing.

    But overall I think I prefer the old a83 I had. Those were not ideal either. But I think, better than these

    Vocals. Sound waaaay to Close.
    I think I need something else
     
  13. Fubsy

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    Not much help, but I'm so glad I still have my TF10's and A83's.

    Why did you get rid?
     
  14. 413x

    Capodecina

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    My tf10 got washed years ago.
    My a83 lost sound in one ear about a month after warranty. Very annoying
     
  15. Fubsy

    Sgarrista

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    Jinxed me and my TF10s.

    I just pulled out the left side cable connection and the wires also came out and ripped away from the solder.

    :(

    EDIT: Always said I would get the reshelled if this ever happened. Just found out that there are pretty much no places in the UK that offer the service any more. Even more :( Going to have to get a soldering iron...
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
  16. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Tempted to just get myself an old pair of tf10 off the bay.

    Trying to get recommendations is like a lottery.
    And there is nowhere just to try a selection of iems.

    I'm lucky I love my full size cans.


    I'm tempted. To cycle through used ebay iems and resell those I don't like.

    I knew immediately I didn't like 2000j which on paper sounded good. That's my killer blow. I thought.. These seem ideal from reviews!

    Either I don't like what I think I like (converting what I hear to review feedback) or I don' kknow what I like.

    All I know is I love my denon d2000
    Loved my tf10
    Didn't like sure se530 (or whatever they were)
    A83 were ok
    Hated the dunu 2000j

    But can't verbalise why.
     
  17. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Ordered some ue900s to try out next
     
  18. rids57

    Soldato

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    it normally takes an hour or more for our brains to adjust to a new sound signature, so "knowing immediately" that you didn't like the 2000j is not the best approach - I absolutely hated the HD650 for the first hour and they ended up being one of my favourite cans.
     
  19. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Don't think this is the case with these ones.
    The vocals sound like. Someone is literally singing into your ear.
    Usually I have to go through a fair amount of time with a new headphone to determine if I like it. But this was instant no.
     
  20. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Didn' l these either. Far far too warm.

    Something in between would be great!