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HiFiMan vs Monoprice. Which one will you get?
If you're willing to dish out the extra money the Monoprice Monolith 1060s are where it's at. Best planar you can get for the price hands down. I own the Hifiman 400i's....1060s blow them out of the water.
Get the Monoprice. I own both, and the monoprice blows the hifiman away. Trust me on this.
Good point... I really wish the 560 had faired better, but the 1060 might keep me from buying this. Still waiting for their planar IEM.
Additionally, the v2 of the 1060s fixed a lot of issues and has the 2.5mm jacks, which is what i have, instead of the original mmcx connectors.
Would you happen to know how your m1060 fare against the hd650/6xx?
I haven't auditioned them personally but you're comparing dynamic drivers of the 650/6XX's to a very large planar magnetic headphone like that of the 1060s. The 1060s are very open with a huge soundstage and superb imaging. Not only that but they hit the sub bass that you normally can't hear in some music. Planars to me are very fun sounding compared to most dynamic drivers unless we are talking closed back, which is another discussion in itself. The closest I have are the hd700s Which are very open and have great imaging to my ears. I hear a lot of people swear by the hd 650s as their go to cans but i don't think you can put planar magnetic cans and open dynamic in the same comparison. It's like comparing apples and oranges to me. Suprisingly the only thing i have dynamic that sounds like a planar are my fostex th900s. They have a rocking sub bass and a huge soundstage for being closed. (some people consider them semi open with the porting)
I haven't tried them yet, but read many good things.
What if I have the M560 not the M1060? Would that essentially be a like for like with these?
The M560s are more comparable and I would likely say the M560s are better than this drop. The M1060s are still way better than the M560s. Then again everyone is different and likes certain sound signatures based on preference. I wouldn't think you'd be breaking the bank of you were willing try the 4XX and compare them.
You're in luck, because I own these! They are an amazing iem (or ieh, I suppose) and are absolutely worth it imo. The bass on these isn't bloated, yet sounds incredibly detailed and amazing. The mids are neutral, I believe. Very nice. The highs are a bit rolled off, but not too much. I like the fact that you can take high quality audio with you on the go without having to take a giant pair of headphones with you. My only "complaint" is that you wouldn't want to treat these like something you can throw in your bag or pocket without their case. Not that they're fragile or anything, but I'd like to take care of an item that cost me 350 dollars. A great start into hifi audio, and an amazing portable solution for music!