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post #16 of 41
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Originally Posted by nickdawg View Post
I cast my vote for the Etymotic ER6. My most desired is definately either the ER4 or ER6. Very high-end and great isolation with those tri-flange tips.

Too bad they're WAAY out of my current price range. The two listed in my price range are the Skullcandys and JVCs. I actually have one of each(marshmallows and ink'd)
Yeah, $73 is the cheapest I could find the ER6i's. However, if you want an upgrade to a much lower cost alternative, try either the JVC Air Cushions from AntOnline for, usually, under $20, the V-Moda Bass Freq's for around $20 on eBay. The Skullcandy Ink'd are excellent buds for the money but have less than transparent overall sound.

The 'Modas have outstanding overall sound quality, very detailed and dynamic. The bass is powerful and precise. The overall sound is is only slightly colored and I feel the midrange needs more detail and dynamics but, for the cost, they are my current favorites...as long as I use the large Sony sleeves I have from a set of buds included with the NWZ-800 series DAPs. Those sleeves seem to be just soft enough in the walls to provide a sufficient seal without the buds being too tight. The 'Modas tend to migrate to a good seal without the need to manually press them in.

If you can manage $53, you can get a set of Harman Kardon EP730's from Buy.com, which are either made by Etymotic or just use their technology, I'm not sure yet. They do incorporate the Etymotic tech, though, it's right there on the box. I'd guess they are based on the ER6's.

If you can manage $57, you can get a set of Ultimate Ears Super fi 3's also from Buy.com, which are supposed to be outstanding. From my poll in this forum, they are ranked among the most popular.
post #17 of 41
Went with the Super Fi... Was a hard decision over the Ety :/
post #18 of 41
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post #19 of 41
whats the difference between the ety er4s and er4p??
just wondering as thinking of buying buds to go with my iphone!
post #20 of 41
BTW the build quality on the V-moda vibes really lets them down so god knows what the quality on the lower down the range Bass Freq's must be like!
So bad i wear 325's in public !!
post #21 of 41
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BTW the build quality on the V-moda vibes really lets them down so god knows what the quality on the lower down the range Bass Freq's must be like!
So bad i wear 325's in public !!
I don't have any Vibes just yet but am still hunting. I do, however, have a new set of Bass Freq's and can wholeheartedly testify that they have turned out to be the best earbuds I''ve used to date. I had to use some Sony sleeves with their slightly softer walls and had to allow them a break-in period and my ears needed to adjust to them but they are definitely the best set so far for sound quality and bass output. The build quality seems to be no better or worse than any of the others like Sennheiser, Creative, and so on.

Check my profile for a full list of all of the earbuds I've used. From all of those, the Klipsch, UE, Etymotic and Sennheisers I haven't received just yet, but the rest I do have and these Bass Freqs are the best of them. With an exception to the Mylarone's, the overall sound was a little crisper and cleaner and slightly more dynamic. But because the Mylarone's have an issue with cord material, they are throw-aways after aboout 2 to 4 months of usage, so I can't really say they were better than these Bass Freq's.
post #22 of 41
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Originally Posted by lewislink View Post
Good grief! That setup seems a tad elaborate just for casual listening of music. However, I bet that amp and bud set would provide some outstanding dynamics. Too bad it's way out of my league price wise.
Yeah, too bad its out of your price range.
They are probably among the most desired ones though, which you asked for in your thread topic.
post #23 of 41
Skullcandy!!
post #24 of 41
I was just joking, as there is currently a thread in the "full cans" section where everyone is bashing skull candy as if they were BOSE or something. But now I see that these in-ear's do have a vote. Not the worst, eh?
post #25 of 41
And I've never heard of "V-moda" before - though that could be because I'm nowhere near a knowledgeable audiophile. Do they make anything else? Amps, maybe? Seems I'm not alone since they have less votes than skullcandy, lol.
post #26 of 41
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I was just joking, as there is currently a thread in the "full cans" section where everyone is bashing skull candy as if they were BOSE or something. But now I see that these in-ear's do have a vote. Not the worst, eh?
I can't speak for the cans, but their in-ears are not bad. Disregard that thread. Once one poster used the phrase "retardphones" to classify Skullcandy wearers, it lost any shred of credibility it had.

The Ink'd buds are not bad for their low price. Plus they have a few higher-end(still under $50) models like the FMJ and Titan that have metal driver cases(similar to vmoda).

IMO, the Skullcandys are better than the bose. At least with SC you're getting a $50 pair of headphones for $50, unlike Bose where you get $50 headphones for $150!!
post #27 of 41
he triple fi 10's or shure e530's what you all think should opt for?
post #28 of 41
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IMO, the Skullcandys are better than the bose. At least with SC you're getting a $50 pair of headphones for $50, unlike Bose where you get $50 headphones for $150!!
LOL...I'm glad I'm not alone in my sentiments towards Bose. You couldn't have said it more precisely about what Bose is. To me, they're also a joke; a ruse for the unsuspecting to get caught by; for the unenlightened to keep them in business.

It's really difficult to believe there are people that aren't aware of V-Moda. I've been aware of them for quite a long time but it wasn't until just within the last week that I discovered how good they are. The Bass Freq's are sweet. I have yet to come across a set of buds that are better, but I'm still waiting on the delivery of a few, too.

I just, this day, discovered the goodness of the JBL Reference buds. I don't think they're going to turn out to be better than these Bass Freq's but they certainly have a favorable first impression. They are currently undergoing break-in and afterward the analyzing will commence. Right now they have a very piercing upper midrange.
post #29 of 41
I, for a while, enjoyed the V-moda vibes but just don't feel that they compare any where near favourably with a decent set of open over head cans.
Just a thought lewislink but how much have you spent on cheaper lower end earphones?
Have you considered going a little further up the scale?
post #30 of 41
With all that money spent on lower end iems, lewislink, you might as well spend them on 1 mid-fi iem such as the um1, re2, superfi.5 pro...etc
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