Generally, this plays as a partly shallow V-shape IEM. The bass emphasis is in the mid-bass as the sub-bass does roll off. It’s a nice, punchy bass with the right tips. A tip too bassy makes these very muddy
Set is not shallow in the treble; it’s got a huge spike/emphasis in the low-to-mid treble
Lower-midrange is recessed slightly to the ear, the upper-mids have a less steep gain and play comfortably
The make-or-break of this set is the 4-8k area. These have too much energy at 5k, and run sibilant and even harsh, depending on track and tips. You CANNOT use a treble-emphasized tip with these, but there is too much energy there even with a tip that doesn’t emphasize the treble.
The mid-treble is well boosted to provide clarity but if you can’t deal with the harshness, it won’t matter
At $20, there’s always a compromise to be made. You have to decide what you’re willing to sacrifice
A baby DM they are, woah … slightly more in the upper mid range but a touch more mid bass emphasis. Could be a way to get an actual taste of what the DM is capable of for a fraction of the cost and headache. To be fair, Brandon brought this comparison to my attention long ago, dude is a wizard at finding budget IEMs that compare to legends of the past.
EA500 is Midbass over sub-bass, definitely. I like them for it, of course. Dom is doing his best to get me to look into the EN1000, that one looks more interesting than the 2000 there. Yikes! The 1000 doesn’t have that balanced plug though, so booo!
Funny enough, I found the EA500 on US Amazon, being sold by Amazon Japan, but Amazon Japan isn’t selling/shipping directly to US. I jumped on the 500 specifically because it looks HELLA hard to find.
SIMGOT EA500 in Ear Monitor Headphones Wired Earbuds Amazon.com
Have you been able to listen to them? I don’t remember you spoke about them in your reports, but my memory isn’t what it used to be so…
Currently, all that is said to be close to the DM triggers my interest… Especially if it is cheap(-ish). I guess the messy EQ session I had with the s12 served a purpose, after all. The sound was so awful to me that I now want to know if is anything close to this in reality. That or maybe the hype you and your accomplices push about the set round this forum…
I have not been able to hear them personally, I want to make it clear that I am just going by what the graph says! Trust me when I tell you, I am the very last person who would hype a set for no reason. I simply like what I like, and I try to make that part clear - I promise. I understand that this hobby is peak subjective, and what works for me, may not work for you!
Tried it with the DM EQ’d for the past hour or so, and it’s pretty goood More similar to the general tunings nowadays (sounds like a Wan’er with more treble and midbass). Not special like the DM (staging and vocals), but pretty solid if it’s less than $100. I think I still prefer the Ola since it’s so clean and less fatiguing - but of course, again, lack of low-end kills many libraries.