So I looked into the Final Audio IEMs and the sound signature of the E series seems similar to what I am looking for. I am wondering how come you did not recommend the E4000 over the E3000? Is it just not worth the price?
Alright so thank you everyone for sharing your recs. I have decided to get the Final E3000. Main reasons are the reasonable price and an interesting sound signature I would like to try. Let’s see how the IEM experience compares to headphones…
I heard a lot of great things on Youtube about them. I will try the E3000 first since I ordered them and if I like the IEM feel overall I might order the TANGZU in November. Man the chifi game in IEMs is crazy
I am somewhat treble sensitive and the WU Zetian is definitely not a bright set and a safe recommendation in that regard.
For me the treble is even borderlining on being a little too safe on certain tracks but I would not say it is lacking.
Sometimes I add a higshelf of 1.5db @6000Hz to give it a tad more sparkle
I just recently acquired the Fearless Audio Provence from @rattlingblanketwoman and, while I haven’t had a ton of time to spend with it yet, it’s tuning definitely seems to fit your Harman-dark preferences. Maybe he can say a bit more about it.
From the 5 or so hours I have spent with the Provence so far, it’s not a bass heavy IEM like the graphs might suggest. It has a well controlled bass that reaches nice and deep and gives a good rumble while being tight, articulate, and well balanced without becoming overbearing at all. The mids are quite even and the treble is reasonably detailed, but pretty toned down. I have found it to be a very enjoyable IEM so far.
The darkish, conservative treble doesn’t mean it lacks detail either. It’s not the most detailed IEM out there, but it does give you a good amount and doesn’t leave you wondering where the detail has gone in your favorite tracks like darker tuned IEMs can sometimes do. The soundstage is pretty average in physical size, but has above average layering for the price range and gives good spatial/3D cues IME thus far.
Not to mention the fact that the Provence is absolutely gorgeous, built very well, and it comes with an equally gorgeous cable. I would go so far as to say that it is one of the best built and most visually stunning IEMs anywhere near its price. It’s also worth mentioning that it is very reactive to tip changes and I have a lot more tip rolling to do. Overall, I think it fits what you were asking for pretty closely. Normally I would break things down more for you, but I just haven’t had enough time to go any further with it. I hope what I have said is helpful though.
Edit: Also, the passive noise isolation is very good.