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Best in ear monitors in my collection! Originally purchased for $250, then traded a friend my silver pair for black pair because he liked them so much. (Shout out Jared) Congrats to anyone who purchased T-20's for a killer deal.
now... nerd time!
The sound quality you get for the price is absurd; it goes head to head with some of the most expensive iem's I've given a listen to. I think they rival the Shure KSE1500 ($3000) and Beyerdynamic Xelento ($1000). The ONLY better pair I've heard are the Audeze iSine20($600) which boast a 30mm planar magnetic diaphragm. Yes it's still an in-ear! I had an opportunity to try the ceramic RHA CL1 but found they sound like the T-20 on a amp. I have not heard the new planar CL2 but would have high hopes for them. Compared to cheaper RHA in-ears I'll just say you get what you pay for... CL750>MA390>MA750>S500 by sound signature imo. CL750's need an amp and its noticeable, the others don't.
What they are good for?... They can handle anything from Anderson Paak to Ray Charles to Chon to G Jones. The option to switch between filters can make old songs like Mercy Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye pop with the treble unrestrained. On the alternate spectrum, the low sub bass of something like Step It Up by Peekaboo becomes a consuming experience. 90% of the time I have the black/bass filters on because it suits my preferred sound signature, listening volume and genres. I'm a huge advocate for bass as these do deliver plenty in frequency and SPL. They may not have an umph or boom you'd get from an over-ear but the frequency extension and distortionless clarity makes up for that. I'd give the dual-diaphragm tech an applause for that. Harnessing bass detail below 90hz should be mark to reach for every headphone manufacturer.
They benefit slightly from an amp and do not need "burn-in" as they use modern proprietary drivers. If you've read until now I appreciate you and you might just need to give these a try if ever possible.
Sennheiser KSE1500 ($3000) ... REALLY ??? Maybe SHURE KSE1500 :)...
and as i have them both ... and i like the RHA T20i .. they are no way near (!!!) the KSE1500 not even 20%.
There is a reason why HQ EIM cost as they are... lets be a little realistic with our reviews here..
Thanks for the correction* lol. Wish you the best. ummm before we talk about the audio aspect we should take age into account. Based on your account name... 1971 would mean we are going to have very different taste in music... maybe.
Based on your Drop purchases we wouldn't have similar tastes in headphones... you bought a bluetooth amp and retro koss foamies... I don't use bluetooth and prefer more isolated technical brands. Agree to disagree? Link some songs
BUT don't forget why audio is so important to be opinionated about. To really recommend a headphone you need to know what a person listens to and likes from a headphone... unless you are stubborn. Money/price is not a direct correlation to quality. It's what you are looking for. I used "head to head" because someone who wants clarity and flatter response (while having louder extended frequency range than 95% of cans, in the case of KSE1500's) would not choose the T-20's because there is noticeable distortion for certain genres which is a tasteful choice IMO. If you want the best ABYSS AB-1266 PHI TC is my true vote. My biggest argument for price would be the Ultrasone. They are not built for modern music or anything close to what i listen to a majority of the time. Edition 8's at ~$1200 could not handle my more complex test songs with highly layered guitars or supersaw synths. Meze Empyrean's are on my wish list, check out the technology they've developed for them.