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Old 08-18-2011, 07:07 PM
Soul_Est Soul_Est is offline
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Default Finding an IEM with either RE-252's or similar sound signature?

I used to own a HifiMAN RE-252 until January of this year when I accidentally irreparably damaged one of the housings and driver. Fast-forward through the mourning that followed and much research and now, I'm ready to get a new IEM. My criteria is this:
  1. Must be comfortable. I will not suffer for excellent sound like I did with the RE-252.
  2. Must cost <$200.00. Though I could save up for a really good pair, I'm also looking to buy a Fischer Audio FA-003 as well.
  3. Must be easily driven from my SanDisk Sansa Clip+. I plan to only have the Clip+ and the IEM with me when in transit.
  4. Must have a sound signature either similar to the RE-252 (which for me was neutral) or flatter (if that's even possible).

I'm playing the same genres of music as I had when I owned the RE-252 which were rock, rap, hip-hop, trance, dubstep, dnb, and neo-soul. I think there are a few more but that's all I can remember.

After looking around on these forums and on Head-Fi, I found these great IEMs:
  1. VSONIC GR07 (described as accurate and a stage monitor)
  2. Audio Technica ATH-CK90Pro (described as a "blank slate")
  3. Fischer Audio DBA-02 (described as well-balanced, though with a few build issues)
  4. Etymotic Research MC5 (described as neutral and well built like the HF5)
  5. Etymotic Research HF5 (described as having excellent isolation as well as accurate, clear and detailed sound reproduction)

This is all I could come up with. The GR07 seems to be the best for my tastes but the others in the are also very well received and are perceived being best used as a stage monitor. The MC5 is the cheapest and most easily attainable of the bunch but I'd rather not base my decision on that as it may cost me more in the long run. I decided to the add the Ety's to the list as I've read about their excellent sound signature, their deal with ACS and I've seen Zoe Keating using an ER4 (S or P, I don't know) as she composed her pieces.

Sorry about the long post but I wanted to provide as much information as I could. I understand how frustrating it can be to have to pry such info out other members (work in the Electronics Department at a major deparment store).

Last edited by Soul_Est; 08-18-2011 at 08:54 PM.
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