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Hello folks

I'm looking for some recommendations for IEMs, I already have a few in mind so if any of you have experiences with those I would really like to hear your thoughts.

I have £200 to spend and I'm looking for the most balanced sound possible, I prefer a slightly warm sound. I'll be using them almost exclusively with a Cowon J3 player.

I'm considering the Westone UM2 the most, I've not heard Balanced Armature headphones before but I've read plenty of reviews of these and they seem to fit my requirements. In this price range there is also the Etymotic ER-4S, Klipsch Image X10, Shure SE315, Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10, Sennheiser IE8.

I've already crossed the IE8 from my list, they seem to be too bass-oriented from the reviews I have read. I've owned a pair of UE Super.Fi 3's in the past and while I was a big fan of the sound I found them uncomfortable to wear for long periods as they were quite large. I've most recently owned a pair of Denon AH-C710, I liked them for the most part but I'm looking for a more detailed mid-range and punchier pass, even in exchange for slightly less bass depth.

If I've overlooked any other IEMs in this price range then please let me know!

Thanks.
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What type of music do you listen to most often?
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What type of music do you listen to most often?
I meant to include that but I forgot, thanks for the reminder.

I literally listen to all sorts, anything from Classical to Metal to Hip-Hop to Trance and anything in between.
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Out of those I probably would go with the X10s, they have a warm sound, but may be slightly bassy for your tastes. Although, I'm sure they would be very fun with electronic music. If I could I would go with Ortofon eQ series but they are Japanese, hard to find, and probably a bit out of range. UM2 is a safe choice too.
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West 3 or 4s dependent if you can grab them on sale. Tripfi10's are a great all rounder for most kinds of music. x10's are good too. I like the build quality of the 315's but I don't like the sound signature. I'd still go with IE8 if I had to repurchase them.
    
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Ortofon eq7 easily if you want midrange

230 Quid free fast ship + official authorised seller

very good packaging and rarely, very good default eartips

Red colour
http://www.iheadphones.co.uk/ortofon-eq7-red.html

Silver colour
http://www.iheadphones.co.uk/ortofon-eq7-silver.html

Black colour
http://www.iheadphones.co.uk/ortofon-eq7-black.html

Easily the best in your price range within the UK. I own them and can answer any questions.
Great for all genres and balanced sounding (even more balanced sounding with a little bit of EQ)
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Ortofon eq7 easily if you want midrange

230 Quid free fast ship + official authorised seller

very good packaging and rarely, very good default eartips

Easily the best in your price range within the UK. I own them and can answer any questions.
Great for all genres and balanced sounding (even more balanced sounding with a little bit of EQ)
Now then, they look quite splendid. The fact that they use the Comply T-400 is a plus, I have some of those already so that will save me £20 right away.

I've just had a quick look on head-fi at reviews and I'll have a look for some more.

Which IEMs can you personally compare them to (or against)?

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post #8 of 18
Well, I feel they are overall better than the IE8. The IE8 has an annoying midbass hump however the IE8 has a much wider soundstage. the EQ7 is of a mixed balanced armature / dynamic design so as with all BA designs, timbre won't be the best possible however midrange is easier to reproduce. The bass extends well for the EQ7. With no EQ, drums sound very good with the EQ7s.
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I think I'll be going for the EQ7, I just need to wait for payday (~2 weeks)

thanks kiwi!

I've just spent a while reading the following review, there's lots of great info so I thought I'd post it here incase anyone is considering earphones in the same price range.

MVW2's Review - Head-Fi
Edited by TUDJ - 4/2/11 at 8:44am
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Ortofon eq7 easily if you want midrange

230 Quid free fast ship + official authorised seller

very good packaging and rarely, very good default eartips

Red colour
http://www.iheadphones.co.uk/ortofon-eq7-red.html

Silver colour
http://www.iheadphones.co.uk/ortofon-eq7-silver.html

Black colour
http://www.iheadphones.co.uk/ortofon-eq7-black.html

Easily the best in your price range within the UK. I own them and can answer any questions.
Great for all genres and balanced sounding (even more balanced sounding with a little bit of EQ)
Ah good spot, couldn't find a good retailer for the life of me
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