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Old 09-06-2010, 06:02 AM
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Default Little upgrade on IEMs! best around $100?

Wazzup guys, I'm new to the world of high-end iems, currently i have a clip+ with v-modas vibe and bass freq, now I decided to upgrade my IEMs, and well, I'd like a earphone that could be used for personal listening and for monitoring on stage, since i´m a drummer, but I know its a lil bit hard depending on the price, my budget are $100 max, what i like:
Good amount of bass(quality), w/punch, mids, clarity, instrument separation and of course, fun to listen, plus i dont like very very bright sounds, Which i think is a little annoying. I really don´t know if i am a basshead or not, I love how the v-modas delivers the bass on some songs, but I can´t compare them to another "less-bass" good IEM, since i don´t have one in the same price range, only cheap ones.

What i have in my mind now:

Hippo VB
Westone UM1
Ue Super fi 5
Ue Super Fi 3 Studio
Klipsch s4
Etymotics ER-6i

The question is, should I sacrifice some bass to have a phone for isolation and monitoring? considering that I already have the modas for the bass heavy songs? So, whats the best i can get with $100 or less? thanks!

edit: just to let u know, i listen mostly rock,metal,rap,funk and some pop
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:30 PM
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Can't speak for all of these, but I might be able to help you eliminate/trim the list down.

If you plan to keep the VBs on the list, you can prolly drop the Klipsch S4. The S4 are great [I have heard them], but they are not as impressive to me as the VBs.

my 2 cents tho...YMMW
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For $100? - http://anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56274
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:24 PM
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Lestatar thank you for the info! the VBs are gonna be my personal listening IEM

dfkt, as you know, i'm from brazil, so my main source to buy is ebay, but there is zirconias at crazy prices like $240, is that correct? and.. i've been thinking about, and decided that my main priority NOW is isolation, cuz i'm gonna use it on stage/recording rooms and I need it quickly, but can´t afford expensive phones, ill buy some IEM to isolate, them after that maybe the hippos/zirconia for fun!

saw in your list that Etys = zero bass and microphonics, so i think that is not a good option for me. Anyone can recommend me a good isolation IEM w/ just decent bass and SQ for this price range?? Westone um1 is the better option?
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:42 PM
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For stage use you're going to likely want something that isolates, is over the ear, and has a flat frequency response. Just realize two things.
1) "Flat" IEMs are specialist instruments. They do what they're designed to do well, but are not meant for casual listening. In fact such IEMs tend to suck the life out of whatever music you happen to be listening to.

2) So far as I know, all decent quality stage monitors cost considerably more than $100.
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JxK thanks for the explanation, im resigned, well guys, my budget increased, so $200 now, what should I go? atrios maybe? i heard they got a superb isolation with nice darker sound, they will be ok with stage monitors? i really don´t mind in casual listening for now, since ill buy other later just for fun listening, so for $200, what should i get?!
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At your increased price range, I would still look hard at the Panasonic HJE900s. In addition to dfkt's great experience with them, many folks who have thrown in with them also have found them incredibly great.

No other experience with higher end stuff so I won't even try - will let other more experienced folks chime in...
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Yah, i think the HJE900 is a good opt, but i really NEED iems with a really good isolation, for monitoring situations, thats why i thinking on atrios, they're designed for it, what is the better option for me? i thinking even on get hippo vb and um1 for both listening experiences.. might be a good idea? thanks!
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The HJE900 is falling like heck on J&R right now, snatch it before it's gone.

I have the VB and the HJE900, and to my ears, the HJE900 isolate a bit less with the Super.Fi tips or the stock tips. However, if you stick a decored comply foam tips under the flange, it'd offer you Atrio biflange level of isolation.
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The HJE900 is falling like heck on J&R right now, snatch it before it's gone.

I have the VB and the HJE900, and to my ears, the HJE900 isolate a bit less with the Super.Fi tips or the stock tips. However, if you stick a decored comply foam tips under the flange, it'd offer you Atrio biflange level of isolation.
Thanks ricky!

Just bought atrio, i know there are better options nowadays but as a rock drummer, for my needs, i think its ok, plus i like darker sounds i just can´t buy on J&R cuz they don´t ship to Brazil, only on ebay, where the HJE900 costs like $230+ship, later ill take a look on the panasonic, good reviews. thank you guys for the info! cya
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