Hey guys. I've been lurking here for a couple of weeks as I am dire need of new earphones and have been doing my own researching, but seem to constantly be hitting obstacles or even brick walls. I will list some of the earphones I have been looking at, along with how I feel about each (through research and reviews).
First, some history & background...
I had a set of Klipsch Image X1's since November. They were my first set of real earphones (moving away from Apple provided ones) and were a huge improvement. Great noise cancelling and good quality sound. The left earbud died in April and had them replaced by Amazon. The second set died 2 months later with the same issue. Since then I've been using the iPhone 3GS earphones which are quite honestly absolutely awful! Tinny, muddy sound lacking clarity, absolutely NO noise cancellation at all, and they actually make my ears physically hurt after just 5min.
I commute for about 3 hours daily via a busy and noisy bus. It often plays host to neds/chavs sitting up the back being noisy and swearing like it's cool, or they blast their rubbish club music out their £50 mobiles crap speakerphone. I NEED earphones that will block most of this out as well as being comfortable for at least an hour at a time... the Klipsch ones I had done a VERY admirable job at £20, so I am looking for something at least a little better.
I listen to a range of music - here's what I have in my 'June' playlist:
Amy MacDonald, Anna Nalick, B.O.B, Black Eyed Peas, BT, Chicane, Coheed & Cambria, Coldplay, Ferry Corsten, A Fine Frenzy, The Fray, James Morrison, Katie Malua, N-Dubz, Newton Faulkner, Taio Cruz, Shakira, Snow Patrol, Timbaland
Ok, so I hope this is all the information you audiophiles require from me in order to recommend something. Again, having previously spent around £20 and getting good sound quality and good noise cancellation, I'm really not looking at spending much more than around £50-60. I don't really want anything less than about £30 though as I am skeptical about build quality on most.
Here's what I am currently looking at:
Shure SE102 // Sony MDR-EX500 // Head-Direct RE0
The Shure's are tempting not just because of the pedigree of the name, but because of the review over at trusted reviews website. Many other reviews show these in a good light, but the trusted reviews one seems to hail them as the earphones God would choose, and I am unsure if perhaps they may have been promised a little bonus for giving a phenomenal review... ie, "not so trusted" reviews.
The RE0's sound almost too good to be true. The main gripe many seem to have had with them was the cheap, plasticy cabling. This has apparently since been changed to a woven-fibre cable eliminating some of the issues it used to have. So really, are these RE0's really as good as some $200-300 earphones with the only real con being the cheap felt filter over the ear canal? Almost seems like a no brainer. But IS IT too good to be true? The website just looks so simple and basic, and the packaging looks like a cheap $3 chinese knock-off... what's the deal?
Please help me. I am suffering through the Apple supplied earphones and desperately need a new set, so hope to make a decision by Wed/Thurs to get them for the weekend.
Thanks for any and all help, suggestions or recommendations.