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Is there a better canal headphone than CX300 for under $100?

post #1 of 20
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Is there a set of canal headphones better than the Sennheiser CX300s for under $100?

I am looking to upgrade from the SonyEricsson HPM-70s (aka Sony EX51). I find the bass to be muddy and the highs non-existent.

Thanks for your recommendations.
post #2 of 20
some members would recommend ue 3 or the shure e2cs my ep-635, however, sounds good compared to its price good luck in your choosing
post #3 of 20
$79 for the im616

$104 for the im716 if you could afford a little more

All at amazon.com
post #4 of 20
Don't forget V-Moda's Vibes. $101 US list, but less expensive at some retailers. Now in 4 exciting colours!

Do a search for CX300. As I recall there are a couple of comparison threads about.

Steve
post #5 of 20
V-Moda Vibe sitting right at the bracket. Which one of the listed to pick depends on your needs for isolation, comfort, and music genres.
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by MaloS View Post
V-Moda Vibe sitting right at the bracket. Which one of the listed to pick depends on your needs for isolation, comfort, and music genres.
Isolation: needs to be good as I listen to music while walking the busy streets and subways of Washington, DC. Lots of background noise.

Comfort: well, something that has the reputation of being comfortable.

Music: Varied, from techno to classical. Instruments, vocals. Really deep bass isn't needed but it should be decent.
post #7 of 20
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Thanks for the V-Moda Vibes suggestion. I am strongly considering them as well now. I would like more comparisons of the two.
post #8 of 20
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Thanks for the V-Moda Vibes suggestion. I am strongly considering them as well now. I would like more comparisons of the two.
The vibes, though great, don't isolate, and so may not be what you're looking for. Ditto the Vibe's closest competitor, the JBL Reference 220. If you can do without the isolation, though, these supposedly outperform the rest of their price bracket.

If serious isolation is a must, though, the major choices at the $100 bracket are the Altec im716, Westone UM1, Ety ER-6i, UE Super.fi 3, and Shure E2, perhaps in that order. A little use of the search function will clarify the differences.

Good luck, FV
post #9 of 20
If isolation is not your main concern, go with the JBL Reference 220's, they isolate just enough for you to enjoy your music, they are $80 at Staples, and come with a excellent case. The sound is also excellent. They are more balanced than the CX-300, with nice midrange and treble detail.
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If isolation is not your main concern, go with the JBL Reference 220's, they isolate just enough for you to enjoy your music, they are $80 at Staples, and come with a excellent case. The sound is also excellent. They are more balanced than the CX-300, with nice midrange and treble detail.
I use my phones on busy streets and subways. I do need really good isolation, equal or better to my current HPM-70s/Sony EX51s.
post #11 of 20
I use HPM-70, and have a pair of Vibes on order. My requirements were the same as yours in every respect. I was told a couple of times the Vibes isolate to about the same degree as the HPM-70, but a lot less than "normal" IEM's.

There is a lot to be said for the benefits of the more open design - aside from sound quality, the ability to hear on busy city streets could save your life. Anyway, this isn't a lecture.

I considered the ER6i, but reports of their thin bass and their look put me off. The Westone UM1 were said to be incredibly comfortable, but sound performance wasn't stellar for the price. They also come with only foam comply tips. The Shure e2c is said to be bass heavy and rather unrefined and uncomfortable. I didn't read too much into the others, but my decision came down to the Vibes in the end.

Mine were $90 shipped from an eBay US power seller.
post #12 of 20
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I use my phones on busy streets and subways. I do need really good isolation, equal or better to my current HPM-70s/Sony EX51s.
Well the JBL's, like the Vibes will isolate enough for rides on mass transit, they have served me well on bus rides to NYC. But they will not isolate enough for plane rides. For that you will need proper IEM's such as the ety's and the shures.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by lukealexander View Post
I use HPM-70, and have a pair of Vibes on order. My requirements were the same as yours in every respect. I was told a couple of times the Vibes isolate to about the same degree as the HPM-70, but a lot less than "normal" IEM's.

There is a lot to be said for the benefits of the more open design - aside from sound quality, the ability to hear on busy city streets could save your life. Anyway, this isn't a lecture.

I considered the ER6i, but reports of their thin bass and their look put me off. The Westone UM1 were said to be incredibly comfortable, but sound performance wasn't stellar for the price. They also come with only foam comply tips. The Shure e2c is said to be bass heavy and rather unrefined and uncomfortable. I didn't read too much into the others, but my decision came down to the Vibes in the end.

Mine were $90 shipped from an eBay US power seller.
Nice. I would really appreciate a comparison review as soon as you get them!
post #14 of 20
i like my audio technica ck7s.
amazing detail + precision!
durable and lil microphonics...

isolation is ok for public transportation here in berlin.

only $69 at warehouse.com

the low end a lil weak though, some eqing fixes that

good luck!
post #15 of 20
Well, vibes isolate enough if you willingly turn the music up. I like to keep it at low volumes though... IM716 isolates very willingly, but I don't like them for most music, while Vibes sound excellent. I never used vibe in the city, but I do get regular bus rides, and I used them on the airplane, if city noise is quieter than a boeing 737, then Vibes do just fine.
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