What is an IEM??
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Shure SE846 are reference IEM to die for. They are comparable in sound quality to the best over ear open back headphones in the world.
Just curious if you have personally used these in ear headphones. I haven’t. I realize you wrote you've "heard", but this could mean hearsay and not personal experience.
I’m genuinely curious because I do foresee the need/want in the future for me to obtain headphones (lets call it that for the moment), but haven’t a clue really as to what design can (technology and objective wise, nothing subjective) truly deliver.
Perhaps I’m just biased with prejudice in this case, but I simply can’t wrap my head around how something so small can sound good at all, let alone "best".
Just check out Amazon reviews. These are expensive but extremely good. They aren’t as comfortable as big over ear open backs but they are much more portable and they offer 37 dB outside noise reduction with memory foam buds. Great for flights except you can’t hear anyone or anything (have to take them out to figure out what a hostess or neighbour is saying). Great for live musician work instead of floor monitors which tend to be jacked up to compete with everything else. I think Sting and many other artists use them. Westone custom IEM were the best until these things came along a few years ago.
The bass sound is so realistic compared to anything IEM I have tried. They really are a worthy and serious competitor to Sennheiser HD800. Details, clarity and balance is perfect.