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Loved these but the EDC3 I recently got is noticeably better.
These IEM's are for the amazing balacned sound quality folks.
Bummer that this drop didn't get enough participants. I hope massdrop can re-cycle this drop in the future.
Is this HEM1 suitable for bassheads?
WeedIndeed
I assume that it might not be a bassy iem since it runs on a BA driver.
How do these compare with the EDCs? The right bud on my EDCs has just started to give out and im curious if these would be good replacements.
Anyone know how these sound compared to HiFiman RE-400s? I love the neutral, laid back tone of my RE-400s, but looking to replaced my well loved, but very worn pair.
Anyone know how this one compares with SE315?
I got a set of these in "Massdrop Blue Box: NuForce HEM IEMs" and I feel like I've been ripped of $40 + import tax now! Thanks massdrop, talk about consumer trust....
vlee498
That's not Massdrop's fault. Blue boxes are a gamble, you might get something bad or you might get something good. Don't join those drops if you don't want to risk getting something that isn't quite worth what you paid.
I've never heard these but in terms of features the Fiio FH1 on paper still looks like a better buy. The Fiio FH1 has a dual hybrid build with 1 Knowles BA and a 10mm titanium driver. It also comes with TWO cables, one of which is a balanced cable, brass tube, hard case and 6 plugs. They're $75 on Amazon. They also sound amazing to me. Maybe someone that has both of these can chime in and compare the sound on both. Generally I have heard that only having one Knowles BA sounds a bit harsh and has issues hitting all the frequencies precisely.
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Actually he's comparing $1000 iems to the FH1 which are only $75. The original comparison was with the FH1 to the Nuforce HEM1. The FH1 comes with a hard pelican type case, balanced cables, cable with microphone, and six pairs of ear tips with different bore sizes . Just got back from CanJam over the weekend which was a blast. I picked up an extra set of Fiio FH1s there and a set of the Brainwavz B400s. Sat with several people around the Fiio table about this conversation as well as spoke with the the guys at a booth that creates software to equalize headphones. The several people at the table listening to the headphones and of course Fiio agreed the FH1 were a bit bass heavy but disagreed with it being wobbly or distorting the sound. It may be just me but I just don't hear the distortion, wobbly bass or lack of extension but then again I don't have the IEMs that Jay has. As an aside the software demo was amazing. They (not Fiio) created a software where a minimum of three samples were taken for each headphone model. They have tested over 2000 headphones! When discussing IEMs they told me there tends to be a LOT of variation from ear to ear based on ear canal size, ear tips size, skills in insertion and closeness to the eardrum, which is why they prefer testing over ear headphones. He stated based on the anatomical structure of the ear canal there will be more emphasis in certain frequencies and also that the drivers themselves may distort due to pressure if you are the type that creates an air tight seal with certain IEMs. I asked him was there a lot of variation between headphones of the same make and model. He said for some manufacturers they found very large differences, especially from younger companies. In his opinion after testing over 2,000 headphones the most consistent headphones with the closest to a flat response were.....drum roll please.....the Senheiser HD650s. He said it was very difficult to get them to sound better. I guess the hype on the 650s is real. (Excuse the typos typing in bed, dealing with my gf cat whose tail keeps whacking me in the face, and typing on a smartphone.)
Jdjung
SO JEALOUS! Very nice dude i'm glad you went and shared your experiences. I gotta go next year!
will these work with my i pad air one and does anyone know how they would compair to the senheisser mm70i's as I am looking for a replacment as mm70i's have broken
Hello, I'm looking for a pair of IEM's under $100 like these nuforce iems that look like a great deal, however the only earphones that fit comfortably for me personally, have little silicon ear 'fins' similar to the jaybirds silicon fins. I was wondering if there any accesories to these that have the ear fins or if their are any IEM's with them included in the box. Thanks.
LobsterNoodles
You can buy those earphone wings or hooks separately.
Can somebody provide a frequency response graph?
Wonder what these vs iBasso IT01 comparison would look like.
CamoGeko
I have the iBasso IT01... and it sounds like it costs a A LOT more. If someone told me they cost $300, I'd believe them. I don't compare them to other IEMs, especially in it's price bracket. Its sound is more comparable to full-sized headphones--It produces a robust and substantive sound. IBasso can justifiably charge a lot more for them.
Astro_Seven
I have to agree. I just got my it01's last week and holy moly I am in love with them. Not only do they sound great but it comes with a lovely beefy cable. I highly recommend them to anyone considering iems in the $90-$100 price range.
Excited to get these. Massdrop shipped them earlier than expected. In hindsight I should’ve gotten blue, but I suppose it’d be hard to lose bright red earphones.
Weirdly enough, the earphones are in my city but Fedex says it’ll take 3 more days to get to my house.
I already love my Nuforce EDC IEM's, and now I'm interested in trying out their BA Drivers, for their supposedly better clarity, detail and smoothness. I just can't decide if I want the Nuforce HEM 1, HEM 2, or the HEM 4? I can't afford anything higher than the HEM 4's, so for now I just need to pick one of those 3 unfortunately 😕
I really only listen to audience Recordings of shows/concerts (with HQ mics, preamps and recorders). Mainly what I recorded myself, so I want something that is balanced overall (lows/mids/highs), with great clarity and detail, and with a good low-end that's punchy and decays quickly, if that helps you narrow down the search for me 😎🎧
I noticed that the HEM 1 and 2 are almost identical, but the HEM 2 comes with more accessories and has a BA driver WITH the crossover, and I think that is the only difference between the two, correct? Is the difference audible though? I certainly don't mind spending the extra $25 on the HEM 2's (vs the HEM 1's @$75), as long as it's worth it! And I don't have to wait for the next HEM 1 drop here on Massdrop if I go for the HEM 2, because a few places online have them for $100 even in stock! So please take that into account as well please 👍
Thanks in advance for any help, advice or experience that you can give me regarding the 3 different types of the Nuforce HEM's (1, 2 & 4)😇🎧
And FWIW, my setup is: Sony Walkman NW-A35 (with tempered glass screen protector & TPU material case with WM Port cover)>Darktrain Custom Right Angle 1/8" cable>FiiO E11K HP Amp>Massdrop x Nuforce EDC IEM's>Comply Isolation+ Large tips!
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FOBean
The HEM1 or 4 may be your best bet. The HEM2 reminded me a lot of a DD earphone. Warm, punchy, rolled off up top. The 4 is the most mid/vocal focused with a 'polite' low-end so it may fit your taste better. Same applies to the HEM1 but it doesn't share some other characteristics of the HEM4 (soundstage, imaging, etc.).
Check out this link for a comparison between all the HEM offerings: http://superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/nuforce-hem-series-balanced-armature-iems.1715/
jaydunndiddit
Thanks for the reply bro! I've since acquired a pair of the Primo 8 IEM's and do love them, although I wish that they had a tad more low-end to them! I also really like the EDC's too.
So from all of the reviews I've read, I think that the HEM 2 is more geared towards me and what I want in a Nuforce IEM! Supposed to be a bit warmer than the Primo 8 and the rest of the HEM Series are, with the resolution and detail of a BA Driver! I've found them online for $100 even brand new, so I will probably grab a pair of those pretty soon!
I'm also looking at the Westone UM Pro 30 IEM's, since they have a 3 Driver BA setup, and are supposed to have more low-end than the typical BA IEM! I'm saving up now and found them a few places online for $250, which is much cheaper than their average price of $400😎👍😇🎧😉
So right now I'm not sure if I should grab the HEM 2 or the Westone UM Pro 30 IEM's? I just want a little bit more bass than the Primo 8's have, but with the same amazing resolution, soundstage and detail!
Thanks again for getting back to me, I really appreciate that!
Is it possible to get one side in blue and one side in red or would I need to make two orders and mix them myself?
Anyone compare these to the EDC? Thanks
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Got the HEM1 yesterday. You were absolutely right. Night and day difference, no comparison. . HEM1 walks all over the EDC. Wile not the greatest IEM ever, they are more than worth what I paid here, and seriously puts the EDC to shame.
shane55
i prefer edc compared to this. However hem 1 is clearer sounding , and will likely benefit a better source, while i particularly enjoy edc with low res music from streaming
Massdrop appears to have become a Nuforce authorized distributor. Is there any Nuforce (or SMSL) producer that isn't currently being dropped? Lately it seems that there are about 25 products in the portfolio and they just keep cycling through them. If you're just going to keep recycling the same drops over and over at least bring the HE-4XX back in a sufficient quantity that it doesn't unexpectedly end!!
Is the cable REAL silver or just the color??
Bob3600
Jyri from Nuforce replied a comment below: silver/copper cable. It's likely a copper cable with sliver plated.
Thanks massdrop the box cost 106 usd and now the item inside is this price. Great job
Where can I find a balance cable for nuforce hem series, thanks
How do these compare to the NuForce EDC?
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Trust me, Jyri, you're helping out the Nuforce Massdrop community a ton. Thank you for the great customer support! :)))
I own the Amiron and it is fantastic.
How r these different from hem2?
Lambdastorm
HEM1 is much brighter and sounds more like a traditional balanced armature earphone. HEM2 is warmer and with more bass.
Alright! The Nuforce HEM1 is now on Massdrop! There aren't many reviews online, so I hope I can give you guys some idea of how these little IEMs perform.
I personally own a pair of these HEM1 IEMs for about 4 months now and they sound really good. It has a balanced sound signature that is very easy to like. It has a fast, energetic sound which is lively and engaging, which pairs very well with Phones/DACs/DAPs with a warmer sound signature. Sound Staging and instrument separation is exceptional given it's price point. I personally pair it with the Astell & Kern AK Jr.
Bass is present and quick but not overwhelming. For reference, Bass is less punchy as compared to something like the Audio Technica ATH E40, however this is kinda expected considering it sports a BA driver instead of (Dual) Dynamic drivers that the ATH E40 uses. Sub bass extension is pretty good, but I wouldn't consider it exceptional.
Mids and trebles are where this little things excel. Vocals, Male and Female alike are crisp and clear. Guitar strums, plucks and rumbles are satisfyingly crunchy. Treble is notable, but not intrusive. It, at no point, sounds shrill or sibilant and is very easy to listen to for long hours.
Comfort and noise isolation for this IEM is I would say, EXCEPTIONAL. It is on par, if not better than my ATH E40 in terms of isolation (in which the E40 is known to have a very good noise isolation by the way), and is wayyy better than my Sony EX650APs and a few other IEMs that I own. Comfort is unparalleled to most other IEMs on the market in my opinion. It is extremely light and sits with a negative profile in my ear. It does not feature a memory wire ear hook, but uses a heat shrink rubber tube as the ear hook, although I personally do prefer memory wire typed ear hooks such as the one on the ATH E40 but that is just my personal preference.
In conclusion, I would say get them. I personally got them at a discounted SGD$129 (Originally SGD$179). The price Massdrop is offering is quite a steal. I have a friend who even commented that these IEMs, quoting "It( the NuForce HEM1) could battle the Nobel Savant at $800+ in terms of sonic performance." These IEMs have a lot going for it at a really reasonable price and I think you really can't go wrong with these IEMs for casual/easy listening. The HEM1 excels in genres such as pop, acoustic and jazz/blues IMO. I hope this little review helped anyone who may be interested in getting this IEM, but do take my words and opinions with a grain of salt. Have a nice day everyone, stay safe! :)
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I guess this is unfair....because my previous daily iem was the JH 16 pro custom IEM....the performance of it totally spoiled me....the sound stage on it made me forgot I was using an iem...and not a head phone...I've been trying to find a universal with a similar signature to the JH 16pro...since it is a big hard to use when I'm out and about.
Tiyako
True JH is a high end IEM manufacturer, but again, it is in a whole new price range as compared to the HEM1, at least. Plus the topic of audio is all about subjectivity.