Ergonomics wise, most of the IEMs here are very well designed and I have little complaints. The JH5Pro, being a custom IEM, is best on the ergonomics and comfort category. Next, the q-Jays, the UE700, the DBA-02, and the Westone 2 are all fairly comfortable. The Westone 2 is the most comfortable, but the short nozzle and the body design doesn’t let me get a good seal in the canals. The DBA-02 is the best in this area. The nozzle is very long, and I can get a good seal deep inside the canal. The UE700 and the q-Jays is quite similar, both very good in comfort. The q-Jays’ cable, however, has some microphonics, where it’s not present on the others.
On the other hand, the UE SuperFi 5 is the antithesis of good ergonomics. The shape of the IEM is weird and doesn’t permit a natural fit. The nozzle is big in diameter, and quite short, and you can’t really get a good isolation out of it. The cable in particular, is worse than even the cheapest of IEMs. It’ll get very stiff after long use, and the wires will get oxidized and will turn to an ugly green color. It’s a shame, because the awful cable and ergonomics always keeps me away from wanting to use it.
For the cables, I like the soft and flexible braided cables of the Westone 2, the DBA-02, and the JH5Pro. They do tend to get tangled very easily when you store them or put them in a pocket, but they’re the most comfortable for actual use. The UE700 is less flexible, but still enough to avoid microphonics. The q-Jays, however, has some microphonics issue. It also requires an extension cable by default (supplied with the IEM), but it’s handy when you want to add a microphone unit to use with your cellphone. Overall, none of the cables will be a big deciding factor as all of them are very comfortable to use, with the exception of the Super Fi 5 Pro.
In conclusion, this group of IEMs have been one of the most enjoyable to listen to, as all of them are fairly well tuned and in general, are a very musical performer. The difference between the Trio is fairly small, but the q-Jays earn my recommendation for being the most universal sounding. The DBA-02, is best with treble clarity and detail. The UE700 is very musical and balanced, but it lacks the little things that make the q-Jays great. I don’t normally make ergonomics factors in front of the sound quality, but in the case of the SuperFi 5 Pro, I really have to. The awful ergonomics and cable really prevent me to recommend this otherwise great sounding IEM. Next, the Westone 2 is very warm sounding and is very midrange oriented. I know that some people digs that kind of a sound. And finally, the JH5Pro has the best micro details, soundstage imaging, instrument separation, and the most full range of bass reproduction. Personally for me, I’ll be sticking with the q-Jays and the JH5Pro.
Gears used for review:
Single Driver IEMs: Etymotics ER4P, Etymotics HF5
Double Driver IEMs: Jays q-Jays, Westone 2, Ultimate Ears UE700, Fischer Audio DBA-02, Ultimate Ears Super Fi 5 Pro, M-Audio IE-30, Ultimate Ears Super Fi 5 EB, JHAudio JH5Pro
Triple Driver IEMs: Westone 3, Westone UM3X, Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 Pro
Amps: HeadAmp Pico Slim
Source: Ipod Nano 5th Gen, 16GB.