Just as everything went well this morning I...
Picked up my running gear, changed to my running clothes, took my ASICS on, turned on my Sansa Clip and...I couldn't find my Jays d-Jays! We went through the whole apartment trying to find my beloved Jays d-Jays but I must have lost or forgotten it some where.
My in-ear experience (or just head-fi in general) isn't as broad as most users here (I'm not going to use my sex as an excuse) as I've only owned two high/mid-end in-ear monitors in the past: the Shure e2c's and the currently Jays d-jays.
But here's what I've learned:
I'm and active runner and having music on me when running is a requirement and what I've found out is that the Shure e2c's didn't and couldn't handle the "abuse" of sweat, cold weather and just general every day use. I broke 3 pairs over a short 2 year period while the two pair of d-jays I have had lasted me over a total of 4½ years. Shure's support and service team were really helpful and friendly though. Same with Jays.
I bought the d-Jays because I felt it performed well for running and equally well for stationary use and it bested the Shure's in every department. Well, not exactly. The Shure does come with a better and more sturdy carrying case whereas the tiny faux-leather one that comes with the d-jays is pretty much useless and doesn't offer any kind of protection to the IEMs.
The fit (especially with the foam sleeves), small form factor, neutral sound quality, the light weight and durability of the d-jays were all well appreciated so I'm kinda saddened to have lost the d-Jays.
However, instead of buying them again I want to try some new in-ears. Moreover, the d-Jays aren't cheap here in Denmark and I don't actually remember ever paying a whopping £128 for a pair?! When did Jays increase their prices?
As substitutes I've looked at Sound Magic 50's and MEE M6's. Buying both pairs will still be A LOT cheaper than going for the d-Jays alone but what about sound quality? I've thought about using the SM 50's for stationary use (plane, train, bus, home etc.) and the M6's for active use (running, biking, working out etc.).
Would I go wrong with the SM 50 and the MEE M6 compared to my previous d-Jays?
Thank you in advance