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Best In-Ear monitors for around $50?

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I've had a set of Shure SE210's for a couple of years now and they have went kaput for the second time. About a year ago the left side got real soft, but they were still under warranty so I sent them in for a new set. Now they have failed me again (barely any volume even at the max setting on ipod/laptop) so I'm looking for something new. What would be you guy's recommendations for a set with a budget of $50? Maybe someone is having some sort of sale right now? I've been looking for a used set, but pickings are slim.

 

I listen to a pretty wide variety of music, mostly indie type stuff. Some lower-end headphones tend to have overpowering bass, this is something I would like to avoid. They also need to have a modular cable, as I tend to go through them every couple of months it seems. 

 

tia

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Requiring a modular cable will really narrow down your options in this price range. I would recommend you forget about that and just get something with a reasonably durable cord. I think you've still got two more days to pre-order the Brainwavz M1 or ProAlpha from mp4nation.net. $29.50 for either is a great deal. The ProAlpha should be heavier on the bass and lighter on the treble and has slightly better build quality while the M1 is more balanced.

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Originally Posted by AlphaAndOmega View Post

I've had a set of Shure SE210's for a couple of years now and they have went kaput for the second time. About a year ago the left side got real soft, but they were still under warranty so I sent them in for a new set. Now they have failed me again (barely any volume even at the max setting on ipod/laptop) so I'm looking for something new. What would be you guy's recommendations for a set with a budget of $50? Maybe someone is having some sort of sale right now? I've been looking for a used set, but pickings are slim.

 

I listen to a pretty wide variety of music, mostly indie type stuff. Some lower-end headphones tend to have overpowering bass, this is something I would like to avoid. They also need to have a modular cable, as I tend to go through them every couple of months it seems. 

 

tia


I'd go with ljokerl, though I would recommend stretching your budget just a bit more and get the M2's instead, the cabling on these are probably the top at the $100 and below range

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Altec Lansing UHP336 Snugfit are $50 on Amazon and Im impressed with the ones I got for my girlfriend. They used UE technology and are supposed to be close to a rebranded Super fi 5. The cables are even replaceable with UE ones.

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Thanks for the replies guys. Anybody have experience with these recommendations and the Shure SE210's? I'm wondering how they stack up in terms of sound quality.

 

Also I found a set of Etymotic ER6i's for $55 shipped, would I be better off with these than the IEM's mentioned in this thread?

 

The Brainwavz M1 and the Pro Alpha seem like pretty good deals, I'm a bit worried about the balance though. The last thing I want is a set with booming bass that kills the mids and highs.

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I have the Kicker eb141's. Although almost no one around here has them, I have been seriously impressed with the sound quality they give out. They cost $50 @ Best Buy, and can be found lower online.

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Originally Posted by AlphaAndOmega View Post

The Brainwavz M1 and the Pro Alpha seem like pretty good deals, I'm a bit worried about the balance though. The last thing I want is a set with booming bass that kills the mids and highs.



Nope, neither of them has booming bass. Not even close. If you like accuracy get the M1, if you like a little bit of added warmth, get the ProAlpha. I would take either over the Er6i, which can  be tinny and cold and the UHP336 (which is a rebadged Superfi3, not Superfi5).

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