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Old 05-11-2011, 10:19 PM
sergivs sergivs is offline
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Default Earbuds vs. IEMs

I hadn't tried IEMs until recently. I tried out my friend's Shure SE530 (balanced armature IEM) and, today, Senheiser IE6 (dynamic IEM). To me they both sounded worse than the stock earbuds that came with Sansa Clip+. Not to mention the over-the-ear monitors.

At first I thought it was something about the balanced armature in the Shures, so I ordered the Senheisers for comparison. But I don't like them, either, for the same reason: the highs seem too strong and unnatural. I tried playing with a 5-band EQ a little bit (this is what's available in the native firmware of the Sansa Clip+). That does not help, I can't get the sound that I like.

I can try a parametric EQ next, or more bands, or maybe a multiband compressor, but before this turns into another useless research project, I wanted to ask if anyone had a similar experience with the IEMs?

I kind of like the idea of using IEMs, and want to like the way they sound, but so far I don't like it.

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