- Sep 10, 2019
I'd go with a quite wide budget of less than 2000 USD/EUR. I'd really love to know if I can get some real improvements from other brands.
I use KSE-1200s as my daily drivers when I'm stationed for awhile. It's a 'system', not just IEMs, as they're electrostats and need an amp.
Frequency response is terrible, as it is with electrostats in general, but they take EQ well and I have them set to some Harman-esque variant posted by oratory. I do have a pair of Truthears, as well had a pair of Monarch Mk-IIs which are probably the most notable kilobuck Harman champs, as well as many IEMs over the years - starting from Ety-ER4ps 20 years ago, to shure e500s, Roxanne customs, etc. Been to 2 LA CanJams and heard quite a few very $$ rigs although in terrible conditions. Have Buchardt A500s as a home system.
EQ'ed, the KSEs are the best I've heard by a decent margin. They're incredible.
AFA cost, they're $2000 new, got mine open box for about $1600 - occasionally see them go as cheap as $1200 on the used market.