Hello! I’m interested in some IEMs in the $300-350 range or so. I’m not exactly sure what I’m looking for, but my main genres right now are electronic music (more IDM/retrowave/vaporwave/synthy stuff), jazz, lofi hiphop, and some indie pop/rock. I definitely prefer warmer/bassier sound signatures, and having high detail would be lovely too.
I’ve mainly looked at the following:
Blessing 2 Dusk
Out of all of them I am leaning towards the 7hz, the B2D also look good but I’m worried they’re overhyped. The Tea also seems interesting. I own a 6XX and a pair of Arias and love both, basically if I could get a more detailed and clearer Aria I think I’d be happy. I will also be using my LG phone to drive these. Any other suggestions would be great too!
I have the Oxygen and the Olina. If you want to stick with the tried and tested, Oxygen has been around for a couple years and they remain awesome. Olinda will only cost you 100 USD and you can get a DAC/amp as well with your budget.
Few months ago I got a Blessing 2 (non-Dusk) as my first >100$ IEM and was very disappointed with it. It sounded great with EQ, but without EQ it sounded broken to me. The reason was lacking treble extension and I liked it less then the Aria. After that I got the timeless (which I am listening to right now) and it was like night and day. I think the detail and treble (extension) is miles ahead on the timeless and that is even at a lower price.
That is just my personal experience however. You say you want a warmer/bassier sound signature. The timeless has very detailed subbass and it also has a good quantity, but it lacks the impact the B2’s Dynamic Driver had after EQ (and I assume B2D stock). The timeless has a certain warmness to its sound, but it has a very energetic and engaging treble at the same time… definitely not a laid-back set, if that is what you are looking for. Also with everything being said: The B2 with EQ sounded better than the timeless without EQ in my opinion, which is to say it that it has great drivers and responds incredibly well to EQ… but that stock tuning was almost opposite of my taste.
I haven’t heared the other IEMs, but from what I read, when it comes to air and detail - especially for EDM - the planar driver of the Timeless are in a class of their own. When you look at the Oxygen, you may also want to look at the Olina. Many find Olina to be the better of the two and it costs only half, I believe.
I own the Blessing 2 and it sounds great with eq. There is timbre thing though. I own a timeless and for what you listen to they are a good choice. I do not own nor have heard the S12 but if it is like the timeless spend 150 and call it a day. If you determined to spend 350 or so I might wait.
Based on what I’ve read, don’t the Oxygen and Olina use the same drivers and practically sound the same? Or is that just new release hype lol. Also I have definitely noticed the IKKO OH10, I’ve been watching a lot of Dan’s Audio Reviews and I’m really impressed by them. They don’t seem like a huge upgrade from my Arias but enough to get me interested.
This honestly seems like a good idea, been hearing good things about the Olina. I know the Teas are popular with this forum but they do seem more in line with what I want. Is there a meaningful difference between Tea 1 and Tea 2? Honestly might just take a gamble and try them.
Thanks for the detailed reply bro, I have a feeling like the same thing is going to happen with me and the B2’s if I get them. From what you’ve said, I’m leaning a bit away from the Timeless. I haven’t actually tried planars before and I’m interested, but I’d prefer something more laid back in the end.
The Teas have interested me more and more after researching but I’m still hesitant to pull the trigger, mainly because I have yet to spend $350 at once on audio gear lol. To be honest I might just get the Olinas or OH10’s for now and save up again for the Tea 2’s. They’re now definitely on the top of my list though. If the Olina is as close to the Oxygen as it seems then I think I can safely go with it instead. Thanks for your advice.
Yeah its an LG G8x, has the built in amp/DAC. Its honestly impressive how well it works, even does a decent job of driving my 300 ohm 6XX (though nothing compared to my desktop amp). Its a shame LG stopped making smartphones.
I agree with @lilhm I don’t exactly know what kinds of sound signatures I like yet. It makes sense to try different types of cheap IEMs and find what works. I’ve ordered an Olina, and I’m leaning towards the S12 over the Timeless due to the 2-pin connection and cheaper price. Might as well throw in the CRA for how much it costs lol.