High impedance IEM recommendations?

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High impedance IEM recommendations?

Postby vanlol » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:30 pm

Current IEM: Audio Technica IM-70

Backstory: Bought a Xiaomi Mi A1 phone. Phone audio jack has very poor output with current IEM due to some kind of super circuitry amp that drives headphones easily up to 600ohms. Side effect is that sensitive IEMs with low impedance suffer from a very annoying hiss that permeates all sound playing. General consensus has acknowledged that an impedance value of above 50ohms generally removes the hiss.

Is there a canal phone that exists with a similar sound signature to my IM-70 in a similar budget you can recommend Marcus?

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Re: High impedance IEM recommendations?

Postby Marcus » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:40 am

I can't think of any high impedance models with a lower price unfortunately - it's not something most manufacturers cater to as most people want a more efficient model.
I know the Earsonics SM64 have a 98ohm impedance but they're significantly more expensive.
You might be better off adding an external DAC/amp.
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