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Hunting for THE right In-Ear Monitor, My list of favorite IEMs so far
xTobix
post Sep 25 2012, 06:30
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Hi,

I am hunting since quite a while for some new balanced IEM in the price range from $100-250.

I will use them with my mobile phone (Galaxy Nexus i9250), Laptop and eventually with a dedicated headphone driver (currently, I am eyeballing the CEntrance DACport Headphone amp)

My criteria beside the price tag are:

- Well behaved frequency response with a flat, slightly pronounced, lower frequency region (#5 the HF5 below is not great in this respect!)
- The impedance should not go to low (20 Ohm) (#2 UE600 has essentially a excellent flat line but at 13 OHM not very driver friendly IMHO)
- Impedance not vary to much across the band (#4 Shure SE 315 is pretty bad 25-160 OHM)
- A flat step response without crazy over or under shoots
- Harmonic distortions seem to be rather awful for all of them (don't know how critical this is tough...)
- Well defined stage with good mids (vocals) and highs
- Little cable noise
- Good sealing/fit (... many different ear pads)
- A little case to protect them
- Have I missed something important?

After a lot of reading & comparing I have come to the following list:

1) Ultimate Ears UE700 MSRP=$149.00
2) Ultimate Ears UE600 MSRP=$99.00
3) Phiaton PS 200 MSRP=$249.00
4) Shure SE315 MSRP=$249.00
5) Etymotic HF5 MSRP=$149.00


All constructive comments or personal experiences on those in the list are much appreciated as well as any direction to IEMs that possibly outperform any of the above.

Cheers!
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eahm
post Sep 25 2012, 07:27
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I'm buying the HF5 ($99.99 on Amazon) so, that's my suggestion. I did a lot of research, I've tried a lot of them as well, they say the Etymotic are the best for Classical music because they keep accuracy, I will let you know in a couple of months how they are, I'm sure they'll be fenomenal smile.gif

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post Sep 25 2012, 07:55
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QUOTE (eahm @ Sep 25 2012, 07:27) *
I'm buying the HF5 ($99.99 on Amazon) so, that's my suggestion. I did a lot of research, I've tried a lot of them as well, they say the Etymotic are the best for Classical music because they keep accuracy, I will let you know in a couple of months how they are, I'm sure they'll be fenomenal smile.gif


eahm,

Thanks for you reply. I don't know how trustworthy the frequency response measurements are, presented on the amazon page. However, I have listened to the HF5 and own a pair of Senheiser HD 280. The HF5 are a little weaker in the lower frequencies than the HD 280 and follow more the response measured on headphone.com (just click on the link in my first post). But the mids, 1-4 kHz, are phenomenally balanced indeed. They are certainly an excellent choice.

Hope you will like them.
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