Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Recommended for people who are: Prefer more bass in their music, probably preference in music genre such as dance, electronic or house. Love equalizer (EQ), spacious or live music
Not recommended for people who are: Balance tone lover, purist, analytical, love accuracy, studio sound.
I bought my pair of IM70 from
(after price match) without auditioning them. I made my decision on getting the IM70 solely based on online reviews and frequency response charts (I won't be doing this adventure again and should go for the earphone audition before putting my hard earn money on risk no matter how little :D) Minidisc response (check the cons where I find the bass is too much for my taste). My first impression on the bass region that it has full/rumble bass and sort of giving my eardrum some massage. My thought is that it's perfect for dance or electronic music. Bass guitar and low tone detail can be easily Great bass rumble picked up. This may thanks to the dual symphonic driver which I believe it has one dedicated bass driver.
- High frequency is smooth and clear. The high sounded smooth, clear and easy listening. I picked up
not up to a point that it really surprises me. Furthermore, the treble is not analytical/bright either and hence the easy listening impression. details more than stock earphone but Mid is forward and well presented. slight Overall, itsounded full, smooth and detail. is wider than single driver earphone. There is a very, very small touch of reverb (echo) effect that I believe it created a slight air/ wide sounding. Listening to live music feels like a sitting in the actual event. It's good, but also might be a turn off some who prefer to studio environment and accuracy. Wide Soundstage may also cause some confusion because soundstage musical instrument with the echo effect may sound not so familiar. some
My second take on the wide soundstage is that it improves the sound on gaming and movie on smartphones. Big plus here.
- Easy to drive and has more volume compared to my listening collection.
- Over ear wearing style and bright red color works and looks fine for me. Some say they are intimidated by the color, but I find there are more people out there wearing bright red headphone and nobody cares. Anyway, the over ear cable reduces cable noise and secure the earphone in the ear. The housing is not very stuck out while wearing, In short, I like the look, the design and the color.
- Different sizes
included. One pair of mid size eartip comply and 3 different size pairs of silicon ear tips included. form tip
- Great build quality with detachable cable. IM70 cable is replaceable. The cable came with it is sturdy but not as impressive as
(which I find them the best cable quality of all). The housing is well built and felt solid. Shure cable
- IM70 is not a balance earphone (EQ may
). The Bass, by default without EQ, is taking over the music presentation. This has negative effect where I find the mid is laid back and the bass detail required lost and muddy (Yes, it's bad). Fortunately, IM70 response well to EQ and tuning down the mid bass region brings back the bass detail and allowed me to turn up the volume without having the bass slamming to my eardrum too hard. Once the EQ got it right, it sounds amazing. kindaFor some, this may be the deal breaker, especially for music purists (no equalizer, or other mixer that gets the way and wanted the music presentation as preamp intended) or lazy people who doesn't want to bother at spending time on EQ and I'm more of the latter. the artist
- Comfort is
to earphone nozzle and housing is slightly average due . For people with large smallear or ear canal may find problems with the wearing comfort. Insertion is rather deep and may cause some discomfort.
- Noise isolation is average. The may due to the bass port in the back of the housing. Some
changing the ear tips to comply might help on the noise say . My recommendation is NOT to use the comply isolation because it sucks away some of the treble energy. Changing the ear tip from mid to large also helps with the noise isolation. Plus the large tip helps in holding up the earphone. form tips
- Included pouch feels cheap. Black color
pouch. I think Audio Technica can do better. drawstring
- No headset/mic for picking up calls.
- Price is high for home users. There are cheaper options out there (e.g.
XiaoMiHybrid, Piston3 with price less than $50). Part of the IM70 value may contribute to the replaceable cable feature and great build quality.
Shure SE215 Comparison
There is a vast difference between the two and I had to re-listen to my music collection as the IM70 picks up additional detail on the bass region which SE215 lacks. Furthermore, SE215 has more engaging vocal, with the clarity in the treble region where IM70 sounds fuller and musical. Wide
gives a fair advantage for the IM70 (works well soundstage on gaming and video), live music sounds terrific (after EQ) and more suited to the general listening with the present of rumble bass. On the other hand, SE215 has its strong features, with the unbeatable noise isolation (allows low volume listening), wearing comfort and more present of where some may find it more enjoyable. trebal region
Is it a bad purchase? After I got the EQ right, I think overall IM70 is a winner. It's definitely an upgrade for people who coming from stock earphone and wanted more bass rumble, smooth treble and wide
in their music presentation. It got great build quality, style and features soundstage . The downside is some may find the bass may be too much for music.