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Has anyone used these as a musician in a studio environment or on stage? I'm looking for a lower cost alternative to higher cost IEM's. The multiple drivers is what has me curious.
I would recommend the Westone UM Pro 30 or 50. Both are awesome for stage as I did own the 50 and eventually sold it to stage performer. I used mine for my singing in my home studio.
But to answer your question, I hear they are pretty good. For the most case, multiple drivers are BA drivers which is just simply a different technology. I would offer a word of caution that you should make sure your source impedance is lower than 1/8th of the IEM's impedance. For the most part, you should be overall good with these as they can reproduce details quite well from the general concensious.
Its not something I would use to master with of course but it should serve quite well as a performing IEM. Make sure to get good tips and you'll be good to go.
Thanks for taking the time with a through reply.
No problem. Gotta spread the info anyway I can!
Besides, I don't want people to be like me and spend money on IEMs or equipment that are either bad or don't combo well with other sets of equipment. I have done it and its a terrible feeling, especially when you are stuck with it.
On a note, assuming you don't know, BA (Balanced Armature) drivers were originally meant for the hearing aid market as mixing and matching different BA "sizes" then fine tuning them to the user's specs was vital for that market. Its ability to be fine tuned and provide quite accurate sound was the reason for catching the eye of the audiophile market. Generally, when compared to Dynamic drivers that we all know and love, they are generally more accurate and provide greater separation at the low to mid-tier market.
Since, they don't displace and move air like DDs do, BAs are quite strong in their performance on the stage since they don't rely on anything but the drivers themselves. DDs are reliant if they are open or not, if there is a port, the movement of air within the system, and etc. Point being, BAs are excellent for performing artists and in studio use. While they MIGHT lose in timbre and other tonal differences against DDs, that is more personal preference.
So for the most part, the multiple driver set-up works by isolating and grouping certain frequencies and thus specializing each driver for that group. In that process, you can expect better clarity as an overall assumption.