I'm sorry, but those IEMs are so friggin' trebled out, with no bass whatsoever, that I feel like I am listening to my music through empty soda cans. I honestly can't understand why anyone would ever like them. My Audio-Technica ATH-M30 headphones (which cost a measily $30 more - albeit, are less portable and over-the-ear units) sound far and away more bass-y, have more of the ambiance of the song, and are (probably) more accurate in terms of what the artists, mixers, sound engineers, etc. intended the end listener to hear when they bought their album. The T2's are only good for treble - everything else is dropped cold. Don't waste $50.

Anyway, with that out of the way, I am moving on to other things this eve instead of listening to music (unfortunately) because the T2's make me hear everything through a "soda can filter" after I've heard them - you cannot actually UNhear them, they are that bad. If the point of persuing high fidelity music is to hear "what music is capable of", or to discover "how good music can get", well, it goes both ways when it comes to bad gear - you'll see how corrupt and dispondent a track can be (if one goes the cheap route).

Now, I am not sure how much better the Shure SE IEMs would have been (or possibly are) in terms of having nice IEMs that won't break the bank, but now I am too scared to find out! LOL! I don't even really want to fuss with IEMs anymore, and just want to jump straight into the AT ATH-R70X over-the-ear units, and run them through a GOOD amp/DAC. But, before I jump headfirst into newer/better headphones, I need to secure the amp first and foremost - such as the Cambridge Audio AXA25 integrated amplifier. No bells or whistles with that thing - not even Bluetooth - but it will get the job done for connecting enough of the gear I get in the future, and honestly, it will actually limit what I can get, so I am not off the rails with "oh, I have a $500+ amp with all this connectivity in the back, so I'd better get the most from it", blah, blah, etc. Like "digital minimalism" (only not the Cal Newport kind) - or, a digital incarnation of, say, traveling with a small backpack, so one does not "make use" of every nook and cranny within the backpack. What I am saying is; the more room one gives themselves to "branch out" or "expand", then they will inevitably do exactly that. And that is wasteful and unnecessary, in my eyes. So, I will get a good (and affordable :)) amplifier with juuust the right amount of features and I/O - because enough if better than plenty.

Just a small audio rant, is all

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