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Just looking for some general recommendations here. I've been using klipsch x11i's for the last 4 years or so. Theyre nice, light, and sound good, but I'd like to have another pair to rotate in and out. I'm just looking for a change, either a compliment to the x11i or an upgrade. something in the $100-300 range. For some reason the iem world seems a little more foreign than the desktop openback world in terms of figuring out whats what.
Wayyyy top late but let me try anyways.
in that range there are a lot of really nice chi-if offerings that would definitely be upgrades (wait for the 11.11 and shop on aliexpress for MASSIVE discounts):
The “Moondrop KXXS” 1dd - quite bright and treble is a bit harsh for sensitive people - really great performer otherwise.
“Ikko OH10” 1dd+1ba - fantastic smoothed treble then the KXXS many people like this one more but it’s all down to preference.
If you don’t wanna go chi-fi there are still some great options:
”Sony XBA-N3” 1dd+1ba - great performer with a lot of bass
“Final audio Design E5000 or E4000” 1dd - very smooth warm and liquidy signature - try the 4000 first - personal favorite for long listening sessions - still retrieves Details very well.
just saw saw your post from last month. How would the Massdrop X Noble X compare to the Final audio Design E4000s?
Thanks very much in advance for your response, as I’m trying to make a good purchasing decision. For what it’s worth, in addition to rock and pop, I listen to a lot if jazz and a moderate amount of classical. Thanks!
It very much depends on how much you enjoy the Final Audio tuning.
To me there isn't really one being "better" then the other.
What I would recommend you do is pick up the e1000 - maybe even used on Ebay - give it a good and long listen and you will start to understand what kind of tuning Final Audio stands for - its very laidback and really allows you to "observe" the music (if that makes any sense)
These Noble Iem's will be a lot more forward.
I personally would choose the e4000 over these - but that's just down to preference - though for jazz the e4000 will easily beat these any day.
Feel free to ask more questions if you need to :)
Thanks, that is very helpful. I’ve ordered the E4000s and will see if I like them. If not I’ll return them. Another consideration is that I already have a high quality balanced cable that has MMCX plugs, where I’d have to buy a new balanced cable with two pronged plugs to fit the Noble X. Not the biggest consideration, but important nonetheless.
Have you tried the E4000 with a balanced cable? Also, have you had any of the problems with the fit of the Nobles that others have noted?
I think most of the fit issues people have talked about came from using the tips that they give you - the tips that are provided are just plain crap - they are very similar to the tip packages you can pick up on amazon for like 2$ - with Spinfit or Spiral-Dot tips I find the Noble to be very comfortable and secure.
Yes I have tried the E4000 with a Fiio balanced cable on a ZX300 - to me it sounded very very good - don't really know if that's down to the ZX300 tho - in my opinion it made the sound a lot fuller and cleaner.
Not everyone is a fan of the Final tuning - but if you like it you will LOVE the E4000 :)
And do you know how the E4000s would compare to the Cardas EM8513s?
thanks very much for your responses, I really appreciate them!