Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › looking for earbuds, for computer use, priorities are budget and sound isolation
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

looking for earbuds, for computer use, priorities are budget and sound isolation

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for some earbuds, preferably IEM's.  My requirements are, highest priority order first:
1) Low budget, ideally below £60 (~$90).

2) Sound isolation.  The less I can hear (ideally even with nothing playing) the better.

3) I'm not savvy with the jargon, but what I'd like is accuracy to what the sound is.  No need for added bass and such.  I don't need it to favour any specific genre of music, the less discriminating the better.

 

Usage is all at computer; listening to podcasts, video games and the occasional music of varying genres.

 

Right now I'm drawn to the etymotic hf2 because of the excellent noise isolation and reportedly good sound quality.  I believe they're the same as hf5 but weirdly, cheaper despite having the addition of a mic.  They're within my price range (cheapest I found are £60 exactly).

 

Also on my list to consider are klipsch image s4 (spotted some on ebay for a steal price), maximo imetal 590 (can't find any in the UK) or etymotic mc5 or er-6i.

 

I'm guessing this isn't an exhaustive list of the buds that would fit my requirements.  These are a request for my birthday in less than a week.  Hope someone here can get me up to speed on what the ideal purchase would be.

post #2 of 7

http://www.dealhack.com/archives/2010/11/save_up_to_80_on_klipsch_and_logitech_headphones_at_tigerdirect.html

 

If you want to save here are a few deals!

Klipsch Image - $20

UD Super.Fi 5 $99

UE Metro.Fi 170vi $30

post #3 of 7

The hf2's are a fine choice at that price if you want accuracy and no big enhanced bass. They are better than the er6 no question and I don't think you'd get along with the s4's, they haven't the accuracy and have more bass than is natural. I haven't heard the im590 or mc5. Another accurate one at about your budget is the head-direct re0. It has a touch more bass than the hf* but doesn't have the same isolation if that's a major concern.

 

A warning about etymotics though, they are the isolation kings for a reason, a lot of people are not comfortable with them due to the deep insertion and they take some getting used to. You can walk down the side of a motorway with them and listen to music without turning up the volume and without being disturbed but it can be dangerous at times. You've got to look where you're going if you're out and about. If you're a first time iem user i'd go for the re0.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

I'm no ear-plug virgin, so I'll probably be able to take the deep insertion of the etymotics.  Thank you for the helpful response.  Something that came up after writing my post from my reading user reviews is that the hf2's are quite fragile and you'd be lucky to surpass a 6 month life-expectancy; not sure how accurate that is.

 

There's still time left if anyone else wants to pitch in with their own suggestions.  Thanks in advance.

post #5 of 7

Quote:
Originally Posted by caruga View Post

Something that came up after writing my post from my reading user reviews is that the hf2's are quite fragile and you'd be lucky to surpass a 6 month life-expectancy; not sure how accurate that is.


Buy them from an authorised dealer and they come with a two year warranty if that helps.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

One other thing I'm wondering about is whether vibration from the cord rubbing against my clothes is going to be an issue. It was with the previous 3 dirt-cheap buds I bought.

post #7 of 7

The Etymotics, just by their design, are a bit hard to wear over the ear so cord-noise can be an issue. On the new models (like the MC5/HF3) its noticeable if you listen for it, but actually nowhere near as bad as some other cords I have heard.

 

I actually think though given the way you plan to use them, go with RE0's. Isolation may not be as perfect as the Etymotics, but I think the sound is more pleasing and there is virtually no cord noise when wearing over the ear. Plus, one day if you do ever plan on getting a small headphone amp to go with your setup (something like a cheap uDAC2 or something) you will be blown away by the improvement you'll get with the combination. The RE0 with an amp are pretty glorious.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › looking for earbuds, for computer use, priorities are budget and sound isolation