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Great IEMs for Short People

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hey all.  First, let me say thank you for providing this incredible resource!  

 

I am shopping for new earphones due to an unfortunate user error (left mine on an airplane)  

 

So far, I've used Apple earbuds (hated them), Westone 2s (adored them) and Shure 115s (made me miss my Westones).  So I'm shopping again.  I'd like something as good as or better than the W2s.  But my main challenge with the Westones is that I would occasionally trip on them (I'm 5' tall) and they'd be yanked abruptly out of my ears.  Ouch.  There goes my dignity.   I also may add a SmartTalk so I can take calls on my iphone - but this will make the cable even longer.

 

So far, I'm looking at a used pair of Westone 3s.  I'm also considering saving for the Shure 535s.  But I think both of these have long cables (if I'm reading specs right).  So what are the terrific IEMs that are suitable for short folks?

 

I listen primarily to jazz (esp. vocals), Broadway, folk - and a bit of classical, country and rock.  

 

My budget is under $225 for used or under $350 for new.

 

Thanks for any responses!

post #2 of 11

not sure, but I think you can buy shorter cables for the Sennheiser IE8.

post #3 of 11

dunno how they compare to what you've tried but i really enjoy my super.fi 5 pro's

 

edit: im 5'3"


Edited by erratik - 7/30/10 at 3:15am
post #4 of 11

short people got no reason... short people got... noooo reason.. short people got, no reason to live. ;)

post #5 of 11

You should look for IEMs with detachable cables then, like Panasonic HJE900, IE8 as mentioned above and others. The replace original cable with shorter. Of course there aren't that many out there.

 

PS: Why don't you wrap the excess cable around in a 8 shape and tie it with some velcro or something, that way you shorten it without getting tangly and messy.

post #6 of 11

Qjays have a short cable.

post #7 of 11
Hi,
Get a set of Westone um3x for the sound and coil and tie the excess cable.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for the suggestions.  I'm new to all this.  When you suggest short cabled IEMs, can you also say something about the sound of that earphone?  I will research all of them - but it would be good to have some sense of what you're talking about?

 

Has anybody here tried using the 9" cable on the Shure 535s?
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by scrane View Post

Hi,
Get a set of Westone um3x for the sound and coil and tie the excess cable.


Do you like the um3x better than the w3?

 

post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vashti View Post

Thanks all for the suggestions.  I'm new to all this.  When you suggest short cabled IEMs, can you also say something about the sound of that earphone?  I will research all of them - but it would be good to have some sense of what you're talking about?

 

Has anybody here tried using the 9" cable on the Shure 535s?

 


 


Do you like the um3x better than the w3?

 


Because I always keep my player in my shirt pocket or clipped to my collar I find the short cable on the Shure 530s ( I don't have the 535s. ) to be very convenient. The 530s are very comfortable to wear, offer good isolation, and have a very sweet midrange. They have been criticized for lacking in treble, but this may have been corrected somewhat in the 535s.

 

I mentioned the um3x because I understand that it is similar in sound to the w2 with more bass. I think that if you like the w2 you will really like the um3x. There are quite a few comparisons floating around headfi.

 

I haven't listened to the w3.

 


 

post #10 of 11

Well, as many have stated, being short shouldn't make you go for IEMs with shorter cables.  A shirt clip or one of those plastic bone shaped cord wrapper (I think V-Moda had something like that) to keep the cables all tidy.

post #11 of 11
Don't pick IEMs based on cable length.
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