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post #1726 of 16802

Since you've clearly listened to so many IEM's, and I found your thread to be very helpful last time I was looking for a pair, I figure I'll go ahead and ask your thoughts.  I've had some PL50's for a while now that I love, and they just broke.  I'm deciding whether or not to get some new PL50's or get something a little bit nicer (my range is about $150); do you think any of the IEM's in that range would be noticeably better than a PL50, and something that a PL50 lover would love?  Any recommendations?

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Since you've clearly listened to so many IEM's, and I found your thread to be very helpful last time I was looking for a pair, I figure I'll go ahead and ask your thoughts.  I've had some PL50's for a while now that I love, and they just broke.  I'm deciding whether or not to get some new PL50's or get something a little bit nicer (my range is about $150); do you think any of the IEM's in that range would be noticeably better than a PL50, and something that a PL50 lover would love?  Any recommendations?


In terms of similarity to the PL50 - the Westone 1, but it's not a huge step up and can be quite pricy. Other than that, the Klipsch Custom 3 or maybe used W2. 

post #1728 of 16802

This is an incredibly useful thread.  Thanks so much to the OP/maintainer.

 

All I can contribute is to point out that post #7 currently calls Ortofon a Japanese firm, when it is in fact Danish.

post #1729 of 16802

Mike, thanks for this wonderful thread and it definitely is a great piece of work you have here. I had a friend ask me about some suggestions for a pair of earphones around $75 since he was tired of his skullcandy products breaking (he had around 5 or so broken ones in his desk drawer). I pointed him to this thread and my work is done :) This is a fantastic resource. If this existed when I started my wallet would indeed be a lot lighter. 

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This is an incredibly useful thread.  Thanks so much to the OP/maintainer.

 

All I can contribute is to point out that post #7 currently calls Ortofon a Japanese firm, when it is in fact Danish.

 

I was under the impression that the e-Q7 was developed specifically by Ortofon Japan but I'll definitely change it to avoid confusion. Thanks.

 



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Mike, thanks for this wonderful thread and it definitely is a great piece of work you have here. I had a friend ask me about some suggestions for a pair of earphones around $75 since he was tired of his skullcandy products breaking (he had around 5 or so broken ones in his desk drawer). I pointed him to this thread and my work is done :) This is a fantastic resource. If this existed when I started my wallet would indeed be a lot lighter. 


You know, that was originally the intent - to cut down on the number of suggestion threads out on the forum. I guess it hasn't helped all that much but at least there's less of an excuse for those who post without doing an ounce of research. The original plan was to cover earphones that ClieOS missed or couldn't get hold of, since those were usually the ones people were most confused about, but I guess that sort of spiraled out of control now.

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 If this existed when I started my wallet would indeed be a lot lighter. 


Not so sure about that!biggrin.gif I've owned a few of them and been able to sample a bunch more because of Mike and this thread! Thanks!

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Originally Posted by NimbleRabit View Post

Since you've clearly listened to so many IEM's, and I found your thread to be very helpful last time I was looking for a pair, I figure I'll go ahead and ask your thoughts.  I've had some PL50's for a while now that I love, and they just broke.  I'm deciding whether or not to get some new PL50's or get something a little bit nicer (my range is about $150); do you think any of the IEM's in that range would be noticeably better than a PL50, and something that a PL50 lover would love?  Any recommendations?


In terms of similarity to the PL50 - the Westone 1, but it's not a huge step up and can be quite pricy. Other than that, the Klipsch Custom 3 or maybe used W2. 


Thanks for the advice.  As always I went and did quite a bit of research afterwards on the models you mentioned (as well as some you didn't), and damn the W2 sounds like something I would love.  I think I might end up pulling the trigger on some, wallet be damned.

post #1733 of 16802

Hi joker,

 

This is one of teh best threads I have read anywhere. Incredbible. Keep it up.

 

Anyway you gave me good insights on brands/models i have never considered. Like the meelectronic, Nuforce etc. 

 

What i wanted to ask...if u listen to music from an ipod/smartphone...is buying a Qjays for 130$ worth it? If not.Whats a good budget for this setup?

 

When using the Smartphone...will use an handfsree adapter to connect phone.

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What i wanted to ask...if u listen to music from an ipod/smartphone...is buying a Qjays for 130$ worth it? If not.Whats a good budget for this setup?

 

When using the Smartphone...will use an handfsree adapter to connect phone.

 


I listen direct from my iPod Classic and Blackberry Curve, and the difference between good and great IEMs is quite impressive. That said, I hear only small differences between the Fischer DBA-02's and Sunrise Xcapes (same would likely be true for the similar Head-Direct RE-Zeros). But I always find myself going back to the DBA's.

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Originally Posted by NimbleRabit View Post

Thanks for the advice.  As always I went and did quite a bit of research afterwards on the models you mentioned (as well as some you didn't), and damn the W2 sounds like something I would love.  I think I might end up pulling the trigger on some, wallet be damned.


 

Such is the curse of Head-Fi...

 

 

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Originally Posted by tan1415 View Post

Hi joker,

 

This is one of teh best threads I have read anywhere. Incredbible. Keep it up.

 

Anyway you gave me good insights on brands/models i have never considered. Like the meelectronic, Nuforce etc. 

 

What i wanted to ask...if u listen to music from an ipod/smartphone...is buying a Qjays for 130$ worth it? If not.Whats a good budget for this setup?

 

When using the Smartphone...will use an handfsree adapter to connect phone.



I'd say that as long as your phone doesn't have a serious output flaw (for example my Nokia E63 hissed like a snake with anything more efficient than an RE0), it's worth it, especially if you are just moving out of stock buds.

post #1736 of 16802
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This is an incredibly useful thread.  Thanks so much to the OP/maintainer.

 

All I can contribute is to point out that post #7 currently calls Ortofon a Japanese firm, when it is in fact Danish.


Otofon is Danish but the EQ5/7 is a product of Ortofon Japan to my knowledge.  

post #1737 of 16802

Hi Joker,

  Thank you for your great work! 

 

I did a search, with no luck, did you put togther a review of the Etymotics HF3 ?  If not where do you think they would fall on your IEM matrix?  Above the Westone 3 ? (average score 8.6).

 

Thanks!

 

-Mark

post #1738 of 16802
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Hi Joker,

  Thank you for your great work! 

 

I did a search, with no luck, did you put togther a review of the Etymotics HF3 ?  If not where do you think they would fall on your IEM matrix?  Above the Westone 3 ? (average score 8.6).



I have not posted a review of the Etymotic MC5 or HF3 yet (they are on the to-do list, if you look at the bottom of post #8) as I am still waiting on my ACS custom tips for the earphones. I can tell you that while the HF3 won't quite beat the ER4S or W3 in SQ, it will come very close to an 8.6 average score due to the high isolation and great all-around usability.

post #1739 of 16802

Joker,

 

Thanks! 

 

-Mark

 

 

post #1740 of 16802
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Originally Posted by the Red Eft View Post

This is an incredibly useful thread.  Thanks so much to the OP/maintainer.

 

All I can contribute is to point out that post #7 currently calls Ortofon a Japanese firm, when it is in fact Danish.

 

I was under the impression that the e-Q7 was developed specifically by Ortofon Japan but I'll definitely change it to avoid confusion. Thanks.

 

Ah, even more info for me. 

 

I bought MEE-M6s on seeing that they're now available for around $20 at Amazon and Overstock, just a few dollars more than the M9.  Have them in for the first time now.  Thanks again.

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