As my love for (and collection of) headphones and earphones is starting to continuously grow, added to the fact that I don’t spend as much time in the studio since I have a 5 month old baby, I am starting to think about doing reviews again and including headphones into the mix.
The fact is that I get a bunch of stuff coming through my office (currently I have 4 sets of Genelecs, 10 or 12 QSC amplifiers, various Mackie monitors, various Meyer Sound rigs, tons of different screens and broadcasting gear etc) so the reviews wouldn’t be exclusively headphones but I would like to be able to make some measurements for the few that I do review.
Please understand that these measurements are not intended to be industry standard, far from it, they are more of a visual reference between different sets that may come through my hands, most of these seem to be budget IEMs at the moment.
Anywhoo, my original plan was to set up a simple rig with the IMM-6, which I have had for years for using in rooms for quick reference, but after many years of use I broke it today as I was starting to put the DIY rig together. Rather than just getting another IMM-6, I thought I would pick up a set of EARS that are basically an all in one package that is plug and play.
However, after reading many opinions (good and bad) I had sort of moved away from the EARS set up and was looking more to spending that on a calibrated mic and making my own rig. Then, after reading this thread, I am again confused!!
Just as an FYI, I have various interfaces and mics (studio, not measurement) but they are part of the studio I share and I don’t think I will make the effort to actually go there and do any work. At home I have a UMC204HD interface, a couple of DSPs (BSS) and random other stuff I have collected over the years but I don’t have a mic here. I don’t mind DIY but I don’t have a huge amount of time to invest in the building (or rather, I don’t want to invest weeks of work building it!).
So, for the same budget as the EARS (200€ approx) would you say that they are the best option or would you go the DIY route?