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I'm comparing these to a pair of Sennheiser HD 540 Reference II headphones. Keep in mind the HD 540's are probably more than 10x the price of the NuForce, and I'm a fairly nitpicky person, but I still can't get over how muddy the sound is from the NuForce's. I don't like it at all, and not quite sure why the high ratings. Both the treble, but especially the midtones are severely lacking. They sound like someone pushed the "loudness" button on the amplifier, but forgot to EQ the mid to treble frequencies. I'm giving them two stars because the low-end bass is actually pretty decent.
I will say though that after listening to them for about 30 minutes your hearing adjusts to the lack of mid and treble tones. But I just can't enjoy the muddled sound. The Sennheiser's give me goosebumps, and I keep trying but the NuForce's give nothing because the punch needed to balance the bass with higher frequencies is missing. Good effort for the price, but for me a nope.
Have you broke them in? Most iems and headphones sound signature change after a week or two if steady use. The materials in them need time to loosen up. Usually the highs loose some sharpness and the bass gets more pronounced.
Try reviewing them after some good use.
Thanks. Will give that a try. If anything changes I will revise the review of course.
Please let me know as well. Please also try both cables as well. Foam tips will muffle higher frequencies. Based on your preference I´d say silicon tips should work better for you. Also, the EDC has elevated lower frequencies. If you prefer more neutral sound our EDC3 might be your cup of tea. The EDC3 sound is closer to Sennheiser sound.