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IEM source while at work

post #1 of 5
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My question is somewhat limited to my work situation. I am pretty much restriced to earbuds and IEMs. I will also be using only one ear. There are times where I will have both ears plugged but the majority of the time I will need to hear the enviroment out of the other ear. I would like to keep the source around $500  or less but I could be pushed up or down in the price point. My main concern is simply if I even need to get something like the hifiman or S:flo if I will only be listening in one ear? At some point I was even thinking of converting my files to mono and not even bothering with the data for stereo.


Any thoughts on a player that can fit in my pocket that will be playing iems?

post #2 of 5

I use buds for exactly that reason, and keep the volume low. I use a A818. Mind you I'm only listening for people and the phone, its not a dangerous workspace. If it is you shouldn't use anything. 

post #3 of 5

Go for a sansa clip+. Small & easy to use. Rockbox it , and u'll have the option of turning it to MONO for all your songs.


For better battery life & smoother sound go for Sony E\S series.

For great battery, classy SQ & ease of blind use go for Sony s639 (ebay)


For great looks & makeup go for Nano5g

post #4 of 5

For a work environment as you describe I doubt you'll benefit from a better sounding source, I mean one ear with a noisy environment is hardly ideal for analytical listening. This lack of need (in my opinion) for a better source comes into play even more so depending on what 'phones you use. There is no point spending big bickies on a source if you use stock buds for example.


For the above reason I'm with oyster on this one, a simple cheap Clip+ will probably suffice.


However if you plan to use your DAP in other places as well that is a different story.


EDIT: Oh and a tip, don't kid yourself that you need a great DAP if the way you use it doesn't require it (eg noisy environments or crap 'phones).

Edited by Hero Kid - 7/27/10 at 3:11am
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

thanks guys! I tend to agree with not going overboard on this source. Most my enjoyment comes from home use anyway and its more $ that direction than my portable setup if i don't go nuts. Too bad I can't listen to it as much. I work in a chemistry lab for what it's worth. 

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