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This version of MEE Audio Pinnacle PX is not good. Granted, I am spoiled by my Sennheiser HD 650's, but these buds are the polar opposite. The highs are distinct and clear, but don't sound quit right. The mids are vanishing and the lows are MIA. The most imbalanced buds I have ever heard. Hope I got a bad set, and others are able to listen to their's.
What's your source? Are you using a dac/amp of any kind? These sound like poo straight out of my phone but when paired with my iFi Nano BL they sound pretty damn good for the dollar. They also sound good out of my Yamaha receiver when gaming or watching movies. They're just very smooth and relaxed. Could use a touch more bass but that's really my only main gripe with em.
My headphone reference source is Sennheiser HD 650 with an Apogee Grove DAC that is reading aiff files. I don't expect $115 buds to be as good a $350 reference headphones, but my Brainwavz S5 earbuds are the same price, yet in a different league than MEE. I could have a bad pair, because my MMEs are imbalanced and seem to only deliver about ~75% of the frequencies of the HD 650.
Yeah, you may have received a bad pair. I mean, yeah, they'll never sound as good as the HD 650 but for an IEM in the ~$100 segment, they sound pretty good. You could def do a whole lot worse.
Could be fit or seal issue? What you described sound like bad seal (pun not intended)
I know this might not be the best place to ask, but I'm very confused after some research. I'm looking for some in ears / iems between 80-180 €/$. They should have good Soundstage and imaging and a balanced Profil but a punchy and present base. I've seen the tfz king pro and wondered if they are any good. I'm free to every suggestion.
Sadly, for something to tick all of those boxes you'd have to spend more money. Personally, the Pinnacle PX may be a good fit as it has a pretty good soundstage and imaging. It's pretty balanced, a bit warm but not V shaped, and the bass is on the lighter side although it's not entirely anemic.
Looking at some of the frequency charts, the EDC3 appears to be another balanced earphone so you could keep your eyes peeled on that as well. If you don't mind having a smaller soundstage, the EDCis a very solid and affordable choice as well as some of the lower Shure and Westone models. If you're after something with a big soundstage but can become a bit sibilant, the Etymotic's are a good choice. They just don't have the same bass impacta s the others and can be uncomfortable due to how they're shaped.
Thanks for your reply and your efforts, the pinnacle seem pretty interesting. Do you have experience with the ibasso it01? Although they have a V-shaped profile they seem kinda interesting....
I do not. From what I've read about them, they lack quite a bit in the mid range and have more of a low end. The PX on the other hand lacks a bit in the low end but does very well in the mids and a bit in the highs. I wouldn't call the PX neutral but it is definitely leaning more towards that than a V shape. The PX just seems to be the smoother IEM by comparison. I also think physically, they look better and due to their ergonomics can be worn up/down. Something I don't see very often from IEMs.
After trying all the earbuds supplied ( 8 pairs ) and re-listening to many recordings, the MEE PX are very accurate, yet unnatural. Violins, cellos, woodwinds, and acoustic guitar suffer quite the indignity, and yet pipe organ is excellent. So, powerful dynamics are superbly controlled with audiophile level of detail, but delicate mids and highs sound unnatural. So, not the best choice for critical mp3 listening, but mp3s have always sounded horrible to me.
After months of listening to flac files instead of mp3. I change me opinion, in that the PX is super accurate and fast, but a bit thin in the mids to bass. Not a crime at the price, but the a transient accuracy and speed is what my PX do wonderfully. A great value for critical listening.
I think for the lows your seal is off. I demoed a HD600 in store and while I agree mids are less natural on the PX, it is nowhere as opposite and out of whack compared to the Senns.