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post #46 of 60
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Originally Posted by Gurra1980 View Post
x2, for me the microphonics makes IEM unusable, and the price, why are those small and tiny things so expensive?
They are expensive 'cause they use similar speakers to hearing aids with improved frequency range.
post #47 of 60
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Originally Posted by spinali View Post
Let me list the ways:

3. Even with doctor-fitted customs, they hurt my middle ear.

They are really not meant for people with 3 ears.
post #48 of 60
For me personally, here is what I don't love about IEMs:

- much more expensive than they should be. The fact that most good sets cost more than an iPod is kind of ridiculous. also, to spend so much on something that may or may not fit really well is unsettling- which is why I have decided to go the custom route.

- taking them out on the go (e.g. commuting) is rather annoying. Regular cans you can just hang around your neck for a sec and then put back on. With IEMs it seems to be a whole ordeal, especially if you have things occupying your hands.

- Although I like it, sometimes I feel that something should not be THAT close to your eardrum pumping out noise.

- The fit of them can change depending on things like the cold or the heat. The seal, for me, can change drastically in different conditions.

- depending on the IEM the cord can be a pain in the ass
post #49 of 60
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Originally Posted by Indygreg View Post
They are really not meant for people with 3 ears.
But then, dear Watson, where is that in-the-head sound coming from?
post #50 of 60
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Originally Posted by nfsu View Post
1. Price
2. Where are the highs (except Etymotic)?
3. I takes too much time to put them in/out
4. Soundstage (e500s got nice sounstage, though)
5. If your source is hissing, you'll for sure hear it
even the ety's seem to lose a load of highs, they are stronger highs but they seem to have no reach... that is you are right, a very annoying iem problem
post #51 of 60
mircophonics are not a problem if you put them over the ear and around the back.

they can be expensive, that's why i will only buy marshmallows now or maybe the cx300s. but it's also nice to have at least one IEM in your collection.
post #52 of 60
Microphonics
and I guess trying to get an even fit..

thats about all.. environment I work in (ford Plant) IEM's are the best way to go, I cannot wear cans 8 hrs a day, ears sweat and the pressure gives me a headache.. my E500's are comfortable, sound good and are well worth the 300.00 I paid for them.
post #53 of 60

Wind noise!

I had a problem with an older pair of Sonys, (I can't think of the model number, MDR something or other, I got them off ebay) They silicone tips let in enough wind from the back that I would get that whistling sound you might encounter when a car window is open just a crack!
Very annoying for 3 seasons, however in the winter when my hood is up it was okay.
I found the best way to handle the crunch of your footsteps is to play some rock music and kind of time your steps to the beat, it's possible and if you do it right you don't look like an idiot! This worked great with E2s, not so great with E4s, Motorhead, not Diana Krall
post #54 of 60
The worst thing about IEMs is that people call them "IEM's".
post #55 of 60
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Originally Posted by tom10167 View Post
God the microphonics and all that internal noise just drives me crazy with my E500s. I'm wearing them now and i can hear myself breathing quietly through my nose.
are you using the yellow foamies?
post #56 of 60
1. Can get some microphonics if used with glasses
2. Bone conduction sounds when walking on cement.
3. People who talk to you maybe once a week will inevitably ask you a question 10 seconds after insertion.
post #57 of 60
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Originally Posted by KrooLism View Post
- Chord Microphonics
- Bone Crunch when walking.
- Can't sing along to the music.
- Can't eat while listening.
- Not waterproof (couldn't think of a 5th one)


I can hear my effing self breathing........

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Originally Posted by Jam_Master_J View Post
1. Can get some microphonics if used with glasses
2. Bone conduction sounds when walking on cement.
3. People who talk to you maybe once a week will inevitably ask you a question 10 seconds after insertion.
Just happened to me the first time I put these on
post #58 of 60
Only thing that really bothers me with my current IEM's is putting them in, or having to take them out cause someone is talking to me.
Since I have fairly long hair (nearly side burn length) and wear glasses, the looping-the-cable-behind-the-ear part is more troublesome than it should be.

Microphonics is not a problem at all with the TF10 though, you can walk around outside with these no problem, no cable noise at all.
Maybe you get some noise when you really tap the cord, but its negligible really.
post #59 of 60
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Originally Posted by KrooLism
- Chord Microphonics
- Bone Crunch when walking.
- Can't sing along to the music.
- Can't eat while listening.
- Not waterproof (couldn't think of a 5th one)
These are stupid reasons and a couple of them I don't even get.
Okay, "waterproof" and "can't sing along with the music" aren't that crucial. But I have to agree with a few others. While walking, extraneous middle ear noise is extremely annoying, often drowning the music. And if I'm at a coffee shop, cookies or other goodies sound as if I'm grinding concrete. I never have either problem with portable headphones.

post #60 of 60
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Originally Posted by KrooLism View Post
- Chord Microphonics
- Bone Crunch when walking.
- Can't sing along to the music.
- Can't eat while listening.
- Not waterproof (couldn't think of a 5th one)

I usually don't like eating with any headphones on.

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Originally Posted by wnmnkh View Post
-Generally overpriced
-uncomfortable
-fragile (biggest reason)
-microphonics
-too much isolation (unable to use them for exercise)
I think most don't isolate enough, especially in the gym with the crappy music that they play.

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Originally Posted by Jam_Master_J View Post
1. Can get some microphonics if used with glasses
2. Bone conduction sounds when walking on cement.
3. People who talk to you maybe once a week will inevitably ask you a question 10 seconds after insertion.
3. LOL - usually my wife who doesn't understand why I listen to music anyway.


1. Cord microphonics - CX300 is the worst out of the ones I own, even over the ears.
2. Bone conduction sounds when walking - My pace usually changes to match the rhythm of the music.
3. People talking to you after you insert them - just bought the Shure PTH to solve this
4. Getting a good seal is not always easy.
5. Don't isolate enough on my daily ride on the DC Metro.
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