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dfkt 06-01-2007 05:42 PM

Quick Comparison of 63 IEMs (Spreadsheet)
 
I made a preliminary list of all the IEMs I own (or have tested exhaustively), comparing major aspects, quality- and quantity-wise. Sorted in order of my personal current preference (best on top, worst on bottom):

http://img.elektrokrishna.com/images...3036692943.png

The list and ranking may change... but maybe it's useful to some of you guys.

And always remember: This is just my opinion, my experience with these IEMs, and your mileage may vary!

jeweladdict 06-01-2007 05:55 PM

you forgot the price column :)

dfkt 06-01-2007 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeweladdict (Post 128858)
you forgot the price column :)

Added... :) Only the MSRP, you can find most of them cheaper if you look around. (Atrio = $130 on eBay, Vibes = $70 on Amazon, etc.)

thedodgyguy 06-01-2007 08:12 PM

We seem to share broadly similar tastes, interesting.

ZenChick 06-01-2007 11:15 PM

Awesome job as always! :D

FreeZ5 06-02-2007 01:27 AM

dfkt:

Fascinating chart. Thanks a bunch. I'm a little surprised at your good for the Vibes under Microphonics, because I thought that there were a number of complaints about that on Head-Fi. But if you haven't experienced it, that's great.

Also, I don't like the term Bad for Isolation. Low may be better, as some people would prefer an IEM with less isolation (riding a bike, walking in the big city). I live in a small town. No bus/subway/train rides, so I don't give a toot about isolation. Of course, on my twice a year plane ride (round trip), I might like better isolation

I think it makes the MylarOne X3 stand out in price/perf!!

Steve

WalkGood 06-02-2007 04:32 AM

As always dfkt very useful spreadsheet, thanks! Now Iíll have to find a pair of MylarOne X3ís...;)

dfkt 06-02-2007 04:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ray (Post 129022)
Now I’ll have to find a pair of MylarOne X3’s...;)

Official place to get them is here: http://www.jaben.net/shopping.html - $57, free shipping, marked down price on the parcel, so you're not going to pay customs/duty. ;)

Jaben is the biggest headphone store in Singapore, and "CrossRoads" is their own in-house brand, AFAIK.

dfkt 06-02-2007 04:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FreeZ5 (Post 128994)
I'm a little surprised at your good for the Vibes under Microphonics, because I thought that there were a number of complaints about that on Head-Fi.

I'm wearing the Vibes cables over my ears (like I do with all other IEMs, too), the cables even keep the bent form due to their stiffness. Microphonics certainly are no problem with the Vibes for me.

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/image...-up-around.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by FreeZ5 (Post 128994)
Also, I don't like the term Bad for Isolation. Low may be better, as some people would prefer an IEM with less isolation (riding a bike, walking in the big city).

Yes, you're right - there is no "bad" for low isolating phones in certain surroundings. :)

Reworded the "isolation" and "bass-quantity" columns - and added a "clarity" column.

ZenChick 06-02-2007 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 129030)
Official place to get them is here: http://www.jaben.net/shopping.html - $57, free shipping, marked down price on the parcel, so you're not going to pay customs/duty. ;)

Nice! An overseas manufacturer who speaks my language! :D

WalkGood 06-03-2007 04:40 PM

Thanks for all da info dfkt, finally ordered mine this morning :), now I canít wait to get my hands on them from all the reading Iíve been doing. :cool:

Respect Bredda

dfkt 06-03-2007 05:32 PM

Cool Ray, I'm sure you won't regret it - they're in a whole other league, compared to the CX300's. And they have Y-cables, whee! :)

driguez 06-03-2007 05:37 PM

i dont see the E500's on that list of popular IEM's :p

dfkt 06-03-2007 05:42 PM

These are just the ones I own in that list... I'm not a fan of the Shure sound, generally speaking. Neither am I a fan of the Etymotics, as you might have seen (got them from a friend). ;)

I might get an SE530 for a review, I'll post my impressions then. ;)

EngrPaul 06-03-2007 09:14 PM

Thank you for the comparison.

I've always used the supplied IEM's or bought the convenient and cheap Sony wind-up headphones.

Then I tried the deluxe Sony ones, about the same price as the the one on your chart, and I was very disappointed (I immediately returned them to the store). I thought maybe spending more on an IEM was not worthwhile. I see now on your chart they are just bad overall, and it's not typical of good IEM's.

All this time I've been listening to good quality music on crappy earbuds! It's about time I upgrade. So I bought two pair of Crossroads MylarOne X3.

I look forward to enjoying them soon. Thanks again for your review!

Singapura 06-04-2007 10:43 PM

FYI, Crossroads IEM's will be locally available in Europe starting end of July. The models will be slightly adapted (no more corny blue and red ends on the X3). Prices will be slightly higher though :( Still the best bang for the buck as far as I'm concerned.

Aardvark 06-05-2007 06:05 AM

Superb workmanship dfkt.

Sadly you have now given me the itch this time instead of JD, although looking above it looks as tho' Ray has already scratched his itch...:D

How do the Mylarone x3 compare with your referrence DT770 pro.

I am going to get one or the other, but I daren't stump for both;)

Mrs Varkie keeps a close eye on the spending, she needs a new bathroom.....is that needs or wants.........

dfkt 06-05-2007 06:30 AM

Bathroom? We don't need no stinkin' bathroom! :D

Well, at least the comparison between a full sized can and an IEM is an easy one: you can't compare them. Of course the DT770 is a lot better sounding than the MylarOnes (or any other IEM, I dare to say), but it's the portability that's quite the opposite. They're totally different... but I never heard an IEM that comes close to a full sized can.

Easy choice, if it's between DT770 and MylarOnes. -- But Mrs. Varkie wouldn't notice if you get the £28,6 MylarOnes besides the DT770's, right? ;)

Aardvark 06-05-2007 07:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 130265)
Bathroom? We don't need no stinkin' bathroom! :D

Easy choice, if it's between DT770 and MylarOnes. -- But Mrs. Varkie wouldn't notice if you get the £28,6 MylarOnes besides the DT770's, right? ;)

I like your thinking and you certainly speak my language.

I also have my eyes on some Kef Cresta 3 for my second system as I have blown the tweeter in my 25 year old NAD 2 speakers.


http://www.richersounds.com/showprod...KEF-CRESTA3CCH

I also fancy a new tuner and this one looks rather nice for the price

http://www.richersounds.com/showprod...-AZUR-340T-BLK

driguez 06-07-2007 11:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 129656)
These are just the ones I own in that list... I'm not a fan of the Shure sound, generally speaking. Neither am I a fan of the Etymotics, as you might have seen (got them from a friend). ;)

I might get an SE530 for a review, I'll post my impressions then. ;)


cool, just FYI E500 = SE530 and if you havent heard them please do, these are just awesome


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