So let’s say you’ve got a big mix of pretty alright IEMs(FD5, DM8, A7, ZAX, YBF, FH3, etc), and now you want to escape all that jumbled mess and go to the top. It seems MEST(JP/INT) is the top, around ~$1100 anyway. Not Z1R. Not M9. Not Clair or Monarch. (But maybe SR-003…? )
Of course, I want the best HE-6/LCD bass, the best Stax highs & air, the best HD600’s big brother mids, and imaging & depth so good it’s not funny(colour me an FPS gamer). And hopefully…something that I can listen to regular music with, where pristine, lossless, well-mastered material is not a requirement. Because I’m an MP3 guy, mostly.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Palpitations? (I am open to headphones, but don’t see a MEST competitor below its price)
Qualities of some products I enjoy:
FD5 = bass, resolution, awesome imaging/depth/soundstage space
HE-6/LCD-3 = everything, generally speaking(from demo’ing once)
Stax L300 = mid-bass & speed
TFZ No.3 = mid-bass
YBF = overall sound
Qualities of some products I dislike:
FD5/FH3/YBF/L300/ZAX = too much treble, or treble flaws, in one form or another
Try the pop-red then. More bass and the treble is different so you might prefer it.
Both of them have a lot more bass than the MEST on the graph though, but the treble is also higher on the A7 so that will balance the bass out. Not sure if the MEST will give you much more bass in the end though, if anything.
Hyla Sarda bass will make you go “Woah.” Treble is elevated but fun and very detailed. Mids do seem to take a step back in the mix but it works for a lot of popular music. Early thoughts since I just got them in yesterday but it seemed somewhat relevant to this thread. Not sure if you are still searching.