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Recommend a decent pair of IEM's around $100 or less?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I mostly listen to alternative/rock music, so I'd like a set with some base, but not overpowering.

 

I would also like to have a mic, but not necessary.  It'd be nice though.

 

Could anyone recommend me some?  I'm a fairly beginner audiophile.  I've previously used audeo phonak PFE's and they were okay, though they broke on me so thats why I'm looking for some now.

 

Thanks guys!

 

Some I've looked at are head-direct re0 and hippo VB, but of course, neither have a mic.

post #2 of 5

Hmmm just wondering how were the PFE's? I'm now caught in between the RE0 and the PFE :(

post #3 of 5

if u want the mic... i think amazon.com is selling the UE SF5.vi pretty cheap, but ive never heard it so sorry

post #4 of 5

I'll second the Superfi 5vi as a solid choice.  They are relatively low on Amazon right now.  Good reviews here, and you get the mic.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

The PFEs were great!  Very comfortable, good set of accessories, comes with a small bag, and very nice clarity.  However, base was lacking.  I've heard its very similar to the re0's though I can't compare them for you.  Sorry I don't think I can tell you much as those are the only real earphones I've owned other than stock apple earbuds.

 

 

Unfortunately, the SF5vi's are a little over my budget as they're $189 CAD for me.  Max I'm willing to go is $130 CAD and some I've considered are...

 

Klipsch image s4i -> $129

 

Shure SE115m+ -> $129

 

Head-Direct re0 -> ~$80 but no mic

 

Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170vi -> $100

 

Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220vi -> $129

 

Ultimate Ears Superfi 5vi -> ~$80

 

Just by price alone, seems the s4i, SE115m+, and the 220vi are the best and are within my stretched budget.  However, I've heard nothing but great stuff about the re0 so I'm still considering that, and its $50 cheaper!

 

If anyone could shed some light, that would be great!

 

EDIT:  AH!  I was under the impression that amazon.com doesn't ship to canada but it does!  Added superfi to list.


Edited by PhoenixGX - 7/21/10 at 12:04pm
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