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As a caveat I want to say that I’ve been in the IEM game for a long time, owning everything from the Ety 4s to the Shure SE535s. Everyone on the fence about getting these should know that they’re an absolute steal at $80. I’m listening using my pico Amp/DAC and am blown away. Bass is impactful but not thin, mids are impressive, and detail retrieval is beyond anything I was expecting. Treble is clean. I know there’s a lack of reviews of these things and that’s a shame.
How do they work for well, um, Mahler? Like is there congestion for busy classical/rock tracks you listen to?
Funny you say that. First thing I listened to was Classical (Mahler 6) and found the sound a bit muddy, especially compared to my HiFiMan 4XX. To be honest, the only IEM that I’ve heard that does classical well is the Ety 4P. I’ll have to go back and get a 2nd impression. Dance, rock, pop, and jazz were all excellent.
Thanks! Trying to decide whether to jump on this drop or hold off for the ER3SE or something more "proven". I listen to a mix of pop, jazz, vocals, occasional rock and classical if that helps. Looking forward to your thoughts :)
Curious about your take on the Shure SE535? Still relevant/worth the price or something better in this range? I am new to the game and started with the EDC3. Love the sound and comfort but wondering what the next step up might be? I also liked the sound of T2 pro but gave up on them because just not comfortable for me. Have RevoNext QT2 on the way. Tempted by the Massdrop Plus but a little worried there might not be a wow level difference until I am ready for something like a Campfire or SE846. I have eclectic music taste. Hoping next step up will have more clarity and better stage. Thanks in advance.
Not @mahler101 but if you listen to stuff that needs treble, the MD+ has a slightly relaxed treble that rolls off earlier. Affects me for violins in orchestral works.
i am of the opinion that IEMs face the law of diminishing returns. I also own the Earsonics sm64 which cost 3 times as much as these and am unclear which is the better headphone. I haven’t heard the 846 but would assume they’re incredible. My advice is to find the sound signature you’re looking for and invest accordingly
I honestly find the Ety headphones too thin and prefer these since the bass and sub bass has more oomph
@mahler101 thanks! Does it sound ok on "busy" tracks still, compared to your other IEMs (I know you mentioned 4XX and ER4 previously). @dgt5 the 846 is an old model, unless you want that specific signature there are newer IEMs with more to offer.
The separation on busy tracks is fantastic, particularly dance and pop. Detail retrieval (meaning, hearing parts mixed way down in the mix) is a highlight of the headphone. Signature is neutral-bright, which makes it brighter than the very flat ER4. Similar mid centric sound to the se535.