Originally Posted by thoughtcriminal
It looks like I'm going to be getting a pair of KSC35 anyway for use as a knock-around phone. On the bus today, I found my V7 to not have enough isolation, so KSC35 wouldn't really work too well for that use anyway.
I'm still looking for an IEM though, and from what I'm gathering, the Jbuds J2 and SM PL-30 are the two best in my price range. Can anyone explain well how they sound? Of they two, which provide better isolation and are more comfortable? Do either hiss/ have excessive background noise out of an ipod?
Detail is most important to me, a close second being as balanced sound as possible (all things considered, I know neither are designed as studio phones). I just want all ranges to be clear with no highs/mids/lows overpowering everything else.
I can only comment on the PL-30.
Isolation-wise, the PL-30 might present you with some problems regarding fit, but once you have a good fit, the isolation is really good. In fact, it isolates to such an extent that I cannot use them at home, since I can't even hear a doorknock when music is playing.
Comfort might be the weakness of these IEMs, since the casing is made of rather cheap plastic and a good fit is not easily achieved.
Hissing is only noticeable on my iPod in a quiet environment without music playing.
Sound-wise, the detail is really good for its price. I would consider the PL-30 as balanced in general, maybe some upper midrange bump and bass lacking a bit. Something that is really noticeable on the PL-30s is the soundstage. Soundstage is really huge, but flawed. An ideal soundstage would reproduce sound in a kind of circle around your head, whereas the PL-30 creates a sort of ellipsis with too much left/right separation.
But overall a very good deal and very worth ist price. YMMV