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Old 06-29-2011, 06:55 AM
JimKnopf JimKnopf is offline
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Default In search of a new set of IEM...3 candidates inside

Hi everyone,

I settled my mind up to a new set fo IEM and being a long term reader, I decided to ask for help.

To make a long story short, I tried to give a overview what I'm looking for:
  • Price Range:
    up to €250(==$370)
    As I'm from Germany this may not be valid for some of recommendations. Say: Westone UM2 cost more than Senn's IE8.
  • Type/Design:
    in-ear monitor (iem)
  • Primary location of use:
    stationary, but primary not at home
    while on the go (bus, train)
    no gym, no bike
  • Preferable SQ or Sound Signature:
    I'm no basshead, but there should indeed be plenty of it.
    Natural (read NOT NEUTRAL) Mids.
    Highs should be there, but not "ice-picky". May described as recessed.
    To use some of the terms of the "Sound Description FAQ" it should be/have:
    Airy, Articulated, Body, Dynamics, Full, (slightly) Gentle, Juicy, Musical, Punchy, (wide) Soundstage
  • Media:
    minimum 320kbit mp3 (lame-codec)
    Genres: mainly Rock (Blues to Heavy Rock), instrumental Rock/Metal, some Singer/Songwriter, some Pop, some Electro (moreso Lounge).
    Led Zeppelin, Nebula, Roadsaw, Kyuss, Explosions in the Sky, Gary Clark Jr., Kilowatts & Vanek...to name a few.
  • Source:
    Nokia N900, Sansa Clip
    I'll may upgrade in the near future. Nonetheless I would prefer it to sound good through both of the two.
    For the record: I would prefer a "no portable headphone amp"-rig.
3 candidates I've picked so far (ascending price):
Prices are taken straight from Amazon.de, converted via Google.com (Euro -> USD).
  • Phonak PFE ($185) (Just because they're Editors Choice )
  • Sennheiser IE8 ($285)
  • Westone UM2 ($370)
My favorite beeing the IE8 so far (regarding what I've read).

I'm looking for some opinions which IEM suits me best and am open for new recommendations.

Thanks!

Last edited by JimKnopf; 06-29-2011 at 07:31 AM.
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