I picked up a set of UE700s after reading some pretty positive reviews here and elsewhere to use with my iPhone4.
The sound was definitely a huge upgrade over the stock apple earbuds that I had been using, but they just didn't wow me like I expected an expensive (for me) set of IEMs to. Mainly though, I was really underwhelmed by the apparent build quality. They really just did not feel any more substantial than a pair of cheapie phones. I guess I just had higher expectations, maybe they were unrealistic.
Is it mainly the weak DAC and low power output of the iPhone that is causing the less than great sound I am experiencing? I figured that many of these nicer IEMs need a dedicated amplifier to drive them properly.
My roommate has a pair of Shure 210s, and they seem to be of much higher build quality than then UEs. The thickness of the wiring, the robustness of the connectors, it all just seemed more substantial. Also, my UEs wire snapped off at the 3.5mm jack after I stood up with them in my ears and connected to my macbook, and the cord snagged on the corner of my ottoman. My fault, I know, but the stock Apple buds held up to the same abuse time and time again.
I am awaiting replacement from Logitech, and plan on selling the 700s on eBay, and purchasing another set with that money, which should be $130ish. Does anyone have any suggestions in that range that both sound good and are robustly constructed? I know that this topic has been beaten to death in the past, but most topics concentrate solely on SQ and don't address build quality.
Edited by parker770 - 9/6/10 at 8:13pm