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Poll Results: Which IEM for the comfort, quality, detail, sound stage, life and price will you most likely go with if you really had to choose?

 
  • 27% (5)
    Klipsch Image S4
  • 50% (9)
    Head-Direct RE0
  • 0% (0)
    Sony MDREX300
  • 11% (2)
    Brainwavz M2
  • 11% (2)
    None. I have a recommendation and will comment! =]
  • 0% (0)
    All of the above!....................................................................................................................... JK.
18 Total Votes  
post #16 of 19

I'll toss in the Fischer Eterna and Klipsch Custom 3 into the mix, both great products that can be had less than $100.

 

On a budget, I think you are leaving out a number of great options that are not on your list.  You may also look at the RE-ZERO over the RE0 as an option.  It functions better without an amp and offers more dynamics, flatter response, and a little better sound stage.  There are certain qualities of the note presentation of the RE0 that are a little different from the RE-ZERO that are likable, but the RE-ZERO, at least in my eyes, is a substantially better overall product, at least enough to justify the $20 price difference.

 

The right option all comes down to personal preference and which product out there fits your own preferences best.  I tend to shy away some from suggesting the RE0 or RE-ZERO because they have heavily controlled drivers.  It ends up making them a bit lean sounding, sometimes weak, as dynamic range and articulation pretty much needs to be forced out of them.  The benefit is a super clean note and low distortion, but it's a trade-off.  You have to want that goal to like that sound.  It's s super clean, lean sound with a direct, open presentation, but at the same time dynamics and energy are not effortless.  It's a sound you can't get with most other products out there, so it fits into a niche of the market but a likable niche.  These earphones are popular for a reason, but the sound is a little less mainstream.  I'll say the RE-ZERO is more towards mainstream than the RE0. 

 

I was not a fan of the RE0 personally.  I bought a set towards when they first came out.  I was quite put off by the weak presentation.  I could best describe the RE0 has sounding tiny.  It's like listening to a tiny speaker playing in your ear.  The presence just is very light with a very minimal dynamic range.  This is why people suggest pairing them with a robust amp.  Even a mild amp like the FiiO E5 isn't really enough for them.  They really benefit from a powerful amp.  The RE-ZERO offers a better presentation right out of the box, not having that tiny sound, and it works great off portable devices without any real amp need.  I actually like the RE-ZERO and see it as a good earphone.  I do see things like the Eterna and Custom 3 offering a little better presentation overall though.

 

I'll just say this.  The best sub $100 earphone I've used is the Custom 3.  Even if I was looking at $200 to $300 products, the Custom 3 is still there showing them a thing or two. 

post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by mvw2 View Post

 

 

I'll just say this.  The best sub $100 earphone I've used is the Custom 3.  Even if I was looking at $200 to $300 products, the Custom 3 is still there showing them a thing or two. 


Once again i find myself in complete agreement with you , 

post #18 of 19

Ety MC5 should also be on any list of good under-$100 IEMs.

post #19 of 19

The question should be - how many people voting have heard all four earphones in question? Polls are pointless for that reason alone - dozens of people here have heard the RE0, far fewer have heard the others. I myself abstained since I've not heard the EX300 but the RE0 was guaranteed to "win" from the start.

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