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My ear canal is so narrow that none IEM fits, which to is great to me because the sound they offer does not interest me.
That's too bad. I didn't like IEM's either until I heard the Cardas.
How is the soundstage, it is larger than the over ear phones?
Thanks SlushPuppy I happy you like it, these are usually cheap phones.
My wife and I travel a lot and I was originally just looking for a good set of earbuds for long plane rides. After a lot of research these kept coming up as really great IEM's for the money. When I saw the price drop to $179! on Audio Advisor I didn't hesitate to purchase them. Even though I like Cardas, I only expected them to sound GOOD, because they are basically a cable company and I thought they might have contracted out the design. Come to find out they were heavily involved in the design. When I first listened to them that's what they sounded like - GOOD IEM's. Nothing all that special. After 50 hours of break-in and realizing that I wasn't making a good seal with the smaller ear tips I was stunned at the level of quality I'm now getting for only $179! In my opinion they are the best bargain in all of audio. Audio Advisor has a great return policy if you don't like them.Cheers!SlushSlush,What do you use for a source? Are you using your cell phone, a separate DAP, or do you have an external DAC attached to your phone?Michael
I found that selecting the right size ear tip is critical to these sounding good (you need a very solid seal).
Slush,What do you use for a source? Are you using your cell phone, a separate DAP, or do you have an external DAC attached to your phone?Michael
Baby steps....I just placed an order for the Cardas IEMs as a first step. I'll try them with just my iPhone first. If they're revealing enough that I can hear how crappy the iPhone amp sounds, I'll have to buy an external amp/DAC. I still have this idea that I will someday buy a really nice pair of IEMs, but I'll first find out if I'm satisfied by these Cardas IEMs.Thanks to everyone who chimed in. I appreciate it!
As a long time (20+ years) user of Etymotic ER4S IEMs (replacing Grado PS1000s), AKG K-240 DFs, AKG K-1000s, K-701s and assorted selected others, I recently spent low bux on some Chinese in-ears that punch way above their weight.Check these out for $25-34 (depending on whether you go for the stock or silver cable!). They have isobaric configuration drivers (never heard of that application in an in-ear) with the diaphragm nearest the ear made of <5 micron graphene. They are comfortable, don't bother me when I'm wearing them in terms of pressure in the ear canal, yet offer good isolation from ambient sound, great bass extension and weight and virtually no distortion or sibilance on high levels of high frequency information (read: screaming vocals"). No listener fatigue.At the price (including delivery) they are almost a no-brainer.If you order, do be careful when specifying "color" that you go across to the 5th option or further to the right if you want the option of the standard cable (with or without mic) plus the silver cable for the extra $9.10. They come in black or clear shells.https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-QKZ-VK1-4DD-In-Ear-Earphone-HIFI-DJ-Monito-Running-Sport-Earphones-Earplug-Headset-Earbud/32864592760.html
I'm in for a pair of these. I recommended a $13 pair from Amazon earlier in the thread. It's amazing what you can get for cheap money.
Russell, have you heard the new Etymotic models? I have ER3XR and they're really good. ER3 and ER4 have metal bodies, user-replaceable cables, and improved drivers.
I'm guessing Etymotic fixed the cable microphonics problem? I had a pair of the ER4 (suffix ?) quite a few years ago. They were highly touted for their sound quality, which was good if I sat perfectly still while listening. The slightest movement though caused a horrible scraping sound that overwhelmed the music.
No I haven't heard them. Apparently they are a little better than the older models, but the promised improvement is not enough for me to dispense with my properly functioning ER 4S just yet, plus I sense a radical improvement in IEMs in general in response to what is coming out of China.My ER4Ss do what I need them to do, and I don't listen to them for pleasure, except when flying—just for work (when recording on location).
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