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Looking for comfortable "shallow" IEM (Jays, Philips, Klipsh, or alternatives)

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hi guys. I am seeking an IEM for portable and office use, but my ears seem to be particularly fussy in terms of fit and comfort. I have tried various in-ears, including the Westone UM2 (which are meant to be amonst the most comfortable) but they did not work out too well - short Comply tips and they did not sound great; long Comply tips sounded good but really hurt.

I am currently using a pair of Sony MDR-EX81 earphones which are amongst the few which I find reasonable comfortable - I believe these are termed "shallow inserting" IEMs?



I am looking at the Jays range at the moment - the Q-jays very smal (and potentially very comfortable), but are quite a bit more than I had hoped to spend. I am considering the D-jays and S-jays too, though S-jays seem perhaps a bit large.

Are there any other shallow-inserting IEMs you could suggest for good comfort and an upgrade to the EX81? Alternatives I am considering are:
- Philips SHE9800
- Klipsch Custom-2
- Head-Direct RE1

Cheers
X
post #2 of 27
i find the custom 2's extremely comfortable, once i put some shure olives on instead of their gel tip things
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback. Though relatively large, they do seem to be comfortable as per many reviews I have read. I am also particularly interested in the likes of the Philips SHE9800 though there are not many reviews of this.
post #4 of 27
Klipsch customs ain't shallow, cx95 or cx550 are shallow and sound great.
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
I tried the CX300-II and they were not very comfortable, and I believe the CX95/550 are similar in desing and fit
post #6 of 27
Apple In-ear. The most comfortable IEM I have ever used.
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Apple In-ear. The most comfortable IEM I have ever used.
Yes, as good as Stax and the K1000 (as per your comments in other threads), we get it.

Anyways on a more serious note, in terms of shallow I mean those which are around 8-9mm insertion (as described in the IEM sticky); as opposed to those which are 11-12mm insertion which form a true seal.

In terms of sound signature - for an IEM I prefer something warm, full bodied, with good bass....something "fun" and "forgiving" as opposed to "light", "accurate", "clinical". Would like to stay under $150 if possible. Will be used unamped.
post #8 of 27
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestion. I tried the AH-C751 a few times and they were ok - great sound, but were quite big and heavy for long-term use

Is it worth looking at the S-jays and D-jays in terms of comfort/fit?
post #10 of 27
Phonak PFE could be a really good choice. They are super comfortable and shallow (but not in sound quality!). I think they're getting over some quality issues but have been great w/ customer service.
post #11 of 27
Sennheiser IE series is also shellow insert. you may want to consider that too. PFE is nice, love them both
post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 
The IE7 is one of my options (though a bit over target price).

Phonak are unfortunately not available here and none of the retailers/distributors ship here either. Does anyone know anywhere these can be purchased which ship internationally?
post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
I have read quite a few reviews of the Klipsch Custom 2's - they seem to have the kind of sonic signature that I am looking for. Apart from some cable complaints, most users seem to be happy with it. Right now it is a toss up between that, the Philips SHE9800 and the S-Jays.
post #14 of 27
the custom 2 is most certainly not shallow
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks mark2410 - I reread a number of reviews and most mentioned troubles getting the right fit, but good comfort once that was achieved.

However at their price, I am worried they may turn out uncomfortable and not usable.

That would narrow it down tot he SHE9800 and the S-Jays - any suggestion/advice?
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