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Old 07-26-2014, 11:20 PM
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I'm looking for a new IEM to try but want certain criteria to be met before any recommendations/purchases are made.

1) I've generally been working my way through dkft's sticky spreadsheet. I've had/tried (going from top to bottom on that spreadsheet);


Etymotic Er6, V-Moda Vibe, Ultimate Ears Super Fi 5, Hippo VB, Soundmagic E10 and E30's and now my current IEM the Panasonic RP-HJE900's (tho non modded).

I'm looking for an IEM that is generally accepted as better (in every department) than all of those, specifically my latest and most worn IEMs the Panasonics.

2) I'll be wearing these at the gym and work. I wear all my IEMs with the cable taken behind the ears. The better the design for taking them back the better. If they are IEMs not styled for this purpose then I don't want to know about them.

3) I'm happy to spend a fair amount on these, but because the price could be high I'd be very interested if they came with a detachable cable. I don't have the kind of income whereby I can replace $300 IEMs once every 18-24 months because of cable breakage, but I can afford to buy a replacement cable at $30 etc.
The cheaper the better, I'm well aware that price does not always equal better sound, My Soundmagic E10's come close to the Sony XBA3's I've had and they're worth $350 vs the $30 for the E10's...

I'm starting to think that once you have experienced sound such as what the Panasonic RP-HJE900's give then yer not likely to improve upon that regardless of the price of IEM...

Thoughts?

I realise this spreadsheet is kinda outdated now, perhaps IEM tech has moved on. I'm curious to hear Jeven's Sony XBA-H1...

EDIT: Oh... forgot point 4) I need the future IEMs to take triple flange tips as these seem to be the ones that best fit my ears on all IEMs I have tried.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:48 PM
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Well, I don't know how helpful this is, but I recently purchases the PFE 232 used, and it is great. It's definitely the best IEM I've ever tried (the only other "high-end" IEMs I've had were the Westone 4R) . It has detachable cables, it's worn over-ear, it has excellent isolation (especially with Comply tips, my tip-of-choice), seems very well-built, etc. The only major problem is that it's discontinued and apparently Phonak has even left the IEM market (a damn shame, frankly).
I don't think I would ever wear it while working out though--I'd be afraid of ruining it with sweat. I used to wear a set of Shure SE215s while jogging and they did collect a lot of sweat in the swivel where the cables connected to the earpieces, which quickly began to corrode the metal.
Amazingly, the PFE 232 has a ton of bass presence. I had the PFE 132 previously and I had to apply a fair amount of Mach 3 Bass to it before it was at my desired level, but with the 232 I've had to turn all bass enhancements down to zero. It's crazy to have so much low-end from dual armatures.
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:44 PM
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THanx for that, will look into them. FWIW I don't really do much cardio in the gym, it's pretty much weights only so I don't sweat that much (sweat shouldn't be too much of an issue in my choice of IEM).

The other IEM that has grabbed my attention recently is the Sony XBA-H3's. They are detachable cable, used to cost $350 and are now sitting around the $250 mark. Folk that have come from the Westone 4R/UE 900 perspective rate the H3's as better...

EDIT: a quick hunt for the PFE 232 and I'm seeing silly prices like $630 lol. Yeh they might be hard to get, as you say second hand..
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:16 PM
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EDIT: a quick hunt for the PFE 232 and I'm seeing silly prices like $630 lol. Yeh they might be hard to get, as you say second hand..
Considering they retailed new for $599, that isn't too silly a price.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:16 AM
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PFE 232: $399.99 + $3.99 shipping, new.

http://www.rakuten.com/prod/audeo-pf...BOcaAhw_8P8HAQ
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:23 AM
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Probably a bit out of my price range. I think I'll go for some Sony XBA-H3's in the near future, unless someone rekons there is a good competitor IEM for $250?
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And a bit rich for my blood--that's more than what I paid for my first stereo system (as they then were called) . . . .
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:10 PM
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I'm starting to narrow my choice down. Currently I am interested in the Sony MDR-7550 vs the Sony XBA-H3's, I'm not sure which IEM is generally accepted as better value? Both are currently sitting around the same price of $250.
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:36 PM
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Lachlanlikesathing on YouTube has reviews on both and I think he does some comparisons.
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:40 PM
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Yeh i've just subscribed to his channel, I found the bit depth thing interesting. He really likes the VSonic GR07's huh... Looks like he pitched the 7550's just ahead of the XBA-H3's according to his blog comments here.
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:46 PM
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I have the bass edition of the gr07 and like it a lot. I use either that or the phonak 232 depending on my mood whenever I go out. Definitely think Lachlan would fit in well here, he doesn't go for snake oil and takes music over gear.
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:57 PM
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Yeh he seems that way inclined.
Basically I'm after something that is a significant notch above my Pana's (RP-HJE900), I'm just not sure the GR07's will be enough of a leap, if any at all..
I know I shouldn't base things on price but the GR07's are about the same price as my Pana's and I would expect similar sound quality, whereas because the MDR-7550's or XBA-H3's are quite a bit more they would therefore offer a more obvious leap in sound quality... dumb logic I know but there u go..
I don't want to waste $280 for similar sound quality to my existing Panas, but then I'd rather gamble only $120 for the GR07's if they actually sound as good as the rest...
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Old 07-30-2014, 05:04 PM
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I wish I could help you compare the two, but I haven't heard the panas. The gr07 is excellent, but I wouldn't be able to say how big of a jump they'd be for you.
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Yeh that's ok, it's just gonna have to be one of those leap of faith things..
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very true, though at this point, you can't go wrong with either, assuming the fit is good for your ears.
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Old 07-30-2014, 05:49 PM
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My only last concern is that both models take triple flange tips as these are the ones I use on all my IEM models.
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I need a replacement for my Panasonic RP-HJE900's, as the left side has stopped working.

I too would like detachable cables and a a sound experience on par or better than the Pana's.

Looking at the Pioneer DJE-1500-K. Around $150
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:13 PM
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Cool, I wonder how they compare against some these (which have become basically my shortlist).
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A good shortlist!

My priority will be durability, since at the quoted price levels, they all sound good.

The Sony's are tempting, so are the VSonic.

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I've been tempted by the VSonic GR07 many times. Anyone here familiar with them?
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