I'm new to this forum and I regret that I missed it when I previously did my mini-search for a good headphone or IEM. It's superb to see people putting their efforts enriching this community by writing reviews. I would like to appeal to your expertise in choosing the right IEM (or head phone) for my iPod Classic 120 Gb with a budget around $ 100. I noticed many people advise Cowon or an amp for the iPod, but I'm more looking for a non-amp solution.
I currently have the following IEM's/head phones in my mind:
- Head-Direct's Re0 (because of the pure sound, but it's not durable according to some reviews on Amazon and in the Re0 appreciation thread)
- Bose IE2 (because it's said to be very comfortable and because it's Bose, it's probably also durable)
- Head-Direct RE-ZERO (better bass than Re0)
- Panasonic HJE900 (gives you the impression you are listening to a concert right in front of you, but seems to be a bit too agressive?)
- Brainwavz M3 (advised by Kadano, but no professional reviews or comparisons available yet. It seems to be good in build quality and comfort though)
- Sunrise Xcape (seems a good alternative to the RE-ZERO)
I'm listening to a wide range of music:
Classical (vivaldi, Beethoven,..)
Old and new jazz (Django Reinhardt, Nina Simone, Keith Jarret,..)
Electronical (Moby, Paul Kalkbrenner, Portishead),
(alternative) pop (Arsenal, Admiral Freebee,..),
Dance/trance/house. Explosive basses are less important to me.
What's important to me next to the SQ:
- no microphonics (altough I will probably carry them over the ear, I want to use them when I'm jogging)
- good comfort (I have small ear channels and have had problems with other iems like the Creative Aurvana and Nuforce NE-6)
- good built quality (I want to use them a couple of years)
I have had experience with the following simple head phones/IEMs:
- Creative EP-630: a very nice upgrade from standard Sony Ericsson K750 earbuds
- Creative Aurvana: since I was satisfied of the EP-630, I thought this 'expensive' newcomer from Creative would be great. But it was a big disappointment for me, it didn't fit well and I liked the sound of the EP-630 better.
- Sennheiser PX 100: I'm quite statisfied about the sound of this subtle head phone. Unfortunately no noise cancellation and the reviews of its successor (PX 100 II) are not so great.
Can an IEM produce a 'full and rich sound' like a head phone does? It seems to me that a head phone is anyhow superior to an IEM because of the space availability.
Edited by Skoj - 11/17/10 at 4:48am