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in-ear to go with toshiba gigabeat t400?

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Hey all,

Im planning on buying the Toshiba Gigabeat t400 when i come to the US a couple of weeks from now.

I understand that the player has amazing sound quality and i would like to add to it a good pair of in-ear phones...

Think of a price range I will spend about 150$ if needed but would prefer obviously to pay less...

What phones should i buy?

BTW - I had a pair of Sennheiser CX300 with a Creative Zen Vision:M and with a Cowon D2 and was preety satisfied with the sq, but they're long gone...

Thanks,
Orr.
post #2 of 5
Take your pick. Pretty much any canalphone that works with a Zune will work with its parent, the T400.


Up to $50, get a set of:

Zune Premium canalphones (these sound better than even the CX500s and the HD RE2s, and for under $40)
Sennheiser CX300
JBL Reference 220
V-Moda Bass Freq

Up to $100, get a set of:


Head Direct RE2
Sennheiser CX500
Etymotic Research ER-6i
Altec Lansing iM-616
Ultimate Ears Super fi-3
V-Moda Vibe

Up to $150, get a set of:

Head Direct RE2
Altec Lansing iM-716 (needs an amp)
Klipsch Custom-1
Ultimate Ears Super fi-5 EB

Up to $200 get a set of:

Etymotic Research ER4-P
Klipsch Custom-2
Ultimate Ears Super fi-5 Pro

Up to $250, get a set of:

Etymotic Research ER4-P
Ultimate Ears Super fi-5 Pro
Klipsch Custom-3
Head Direct RE1 and a Gary's PA2V2 amp
Shure SE310

Up to $300, get a set of:

Head Direct RE1 and a Practical Devices XM4 amp
Klipsch Custom-3
Etymotic Research ER4-P
Ultimate Ears Super fi-5 Pro
Shure SE310

Up to $350, get a set of:

Ultimate Ears Triple fi-10 Pro
Klipsch Image X10
Head Direct RE1 and a Practical Devices XM4 amp
Shure SE420

I'm sure there are many others to consider but these listed above are the ones that stand out in my mind.
post #3 of 5
Wrong! The Gigabeat T has weedy and picky amps. They don't work well with quite a few phones which is why I don't own the T-400 anymore. Take your pick from a big list of all different sound signatures isn't helping the OP narrow down his choice and is listing quite a few phones that won't work well with the T-400.

Even phones that would seem to pair correctly might not work. I recommended a C551 and T-400 and that wasn't so great even though it should have been a good match.

To the OP. Not sure where you are planning to get the T-400 from. I assume online and shipped while you are here in the US because they would be hard to find in brick and mortar stores. It should only cost around $60 or even a few bucks less before shipping.

I would recommend getting a Fiio amp for it. It will increase the number of phones you can use with it. That is still around only $69 total before shipping.

For phones, I'll give one cheaper and one more expensive that should pair well with the Gigabeat even w/o an amp.

One is the SoundMagic PL30 which is $49 shipped on ebay and other sites. The other is the Audio-technica ATH-CKM70 which is $99 on bluetin.com and $105 on ebay. Again, like many phones on Head-fi, they will not be found in the stores unless you are going to be in New York and can go to AC gears. The CKM70 is $149 at AC though.

It might help if you state how much bass you like or need. The T-400 unamped gives no option to add any since it has no custom EQ and the flat /off setting has the most. This is why it is bad that the amp is weak. some phones sound too thin and your stuck with the choice to sell it or get an amp.



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post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post
Wrong! The Gigabeat T has weedy and picky amps. They don't work well with quite a few phones which is why I don't own the T-400 anymore. Take your pick from a big list of all different sound signatures isn't helping the OP narrow down his choice and is listing quite a few phones that won't work well with the T-400.

Even phones that would seem to pair correctly might not work. I recommended a C551 and T-400 and that wasn't so great even though it should have been a good match.

To the OP. Not sure where you are planning to get the T-400 from. I assume online and shipped while you are here in the US because they would be hard to find in brick and mortar stores. It should only cost around $60 or even a few bucks less before shipping.

I would recommend getting a Fiio amp for it. It will increase the number of phones you can use with it. That is still around only $69 total before shipping.

For phones, I'll give one cheaper and one more expensive that should pair well with the Gigabeat even w/o an amp.

One is the SoundMagic PL30 which is $49 shipped on ebay and other sites. The other is the Audio-technica ATH-CKM70 which is $99 on bluetin.com and $105 on ebay. Again, like many phones on Head-fi, they will not be found in the stores unless you are going to be in New York and can go to AC gears. The CKM70 is $149 at AC though.

It might help if you state how much bass you like or need. The T-400 unamped gives no option to add any since it has no custom EQ and the flat /off setting has the most. This is why it is bad that the amp is weak. some phones sound too thin and your stuck with the choice to sell it or get an amp.



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Sorry but, I own several T400s and the phones I have work fine with it. Can't deny actual experience.
post #5 of 5
I've edited my first post to include the Zune Premium canalphones.
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