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IEM Options for $150 and below

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone, I'm still relatively new to the whole IEM scene.

 

I currently have a: 

ZuneHD 32gb, Sansa Clip 2gb, and a Sansa Fuze 4gb with 8gb card

Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-M50's

Used to own Nuforce NE-7M's but due to issues with the microphone, sent them back and had a lot of trouble with the company as they did not want to give me a refund even though I attempted to return them within the alloted time. Basically, I'm trying to stay away from Nuforce currently.

 

Generally I listen to bands such as Rise against, Disturbed, Lost Prophets, Linkin Park, Skillet, BFMV, Nightwish, etc. 

I my Zune for walking to and from classes with 320 mp3's. 

I use my Sansa Fuze for 'serious listening' I guess you could say, with FLAC files.

 

 

Ideas?

 

 

Just as some choices I've heard recommended:

 

V-MODA R-ROUGE Remix In-Ear Headphones
http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-R-ROUGE-Remix-Headphones-Rouge/dp/B002DMKPR6/ref=sr_1_18?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1294285461&sr=1-18

 

Hippo VB

http://www.unclewilsons.com/shop/step1.php?number=644

       My concern with these is that there would be too much bass for me. Like I said, I'm relatively new so I'm not really sure.

 

Visang RO3

http://www.head-fi.org/products/visang-ro3

 

((Which seems to be the same as ))

 

Brainwavz M2

http://mp4nation.net/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_51&products_id=390

 

Fischer Audio Eterna

http://www.fischeraudio.com/card.php?id=22

 

MEElectronics M11+

http://www.meelec.com/MEE_M11_Sound_Isolation_In_Ear_Headphone_p/earphone-m11-mee.htm


Edited by Sean Logue - 1/9/11 at 10:19am
post #2 of 21
Thread Starter 

Anybody have ideas?

post #3 of 21

Hippo Vb has changeable bass plates you should be fine, I would highly recommend the Phonak PFE

 

What are you looking for sound wise? V-type, Bass, Natural, Analytical??? 

 

post #4 of 21

 

Hmm.. I would recommed Eterna or Radius. I have only heard the Eterna v1 out of the IEMs you mention, but it's arguebly the best bang-for-buck IEM I have had :P

 

post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 

What exactly do you mean by V-type/natural/analytical, sorry, I don't know much of the terms used to describe iems.
 

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Originally Posted by Confispect View Post

Hippo Vb has changeable bass plates you should be fine, I would highly recommend the Phonak PFE

 

What are you looking for sound wise? V-type, Bass, Natural, Analytical??? 

 

post #6 of 21

You should check out |joker|'s massive review thread.

 

V-Shaped = emphasis on bass and treble frequencies

Bassy = exactly what it sounds like, bass frequencies are emphasized, which can be a good thing with the right iems

Neutral = this is a matter of taste, but in general it means an uncolored reproduction, no emphasis on bass, midrange or treble

Analytical = detailed. I also associate it with a bright (trebly) sound

post #7 of 21

^ What he said biggrin.gif

 

A IEM I highly recommend as a good starter would be the Phonak PFE. I went thru the Shure 530, Q-jays, and something else....anyhow the Phonak it all depends on what your looking for and if you don't know then I suggest Phonak. A easy IEM to get along with without any complaints or major flaws also with changeable filters for different sound sigs. Ex, if you want bass you would use the black filter. In the mood for balance/highlight the Phonak qualities or what it is known for you would use the Grey. Good isolation, comes with a assortment of tips plus the customer service is phenomenal. 

post #8 of 21

i have m2/r03.   they are great iems,  forward mids, not bass monsters but has some bass. crip clear

post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Confispect View Post

^ What he said biggrin.gif

 

A IEM I highly recommend as a good starter would be the Phonak PFE. I went thru the Shure 530, Q-jays, and something else....anyhow the Phonak it all depends on what your looking for and if you don't know then I suggest Phonak. A easy IEM to get along with without any complaints or major flaws also with changeable filters for different sound sigs. Ex, if you want bass you would use the black filter. In the mood for balance/highlight the Phonak qualities or what it is known for you would use the Grey. Good isolation, comes with a assortment of tips plus the customer service is phenomenal. 



How easy is changing the filter? I want to make sure that it's something simple enough that I can feel comfortable doing by myself, you know?

post #10 of 21

Dude it's the easiest thing in the world it comes equipped with a interchangeable filter tool. Smaller than a q-tip you just twist it and out pops the filter. Also not only do they last for a year+ but they're cheap should you want some back-ups.

post #11 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Confispect View Post

Dude it's the easiest thing in the world it comes equipped with a interchangeable filter tool. Smaller than a q-tip you just twist it and out pops the filter. Also not only do they last for a year+ but they're cheap should you want some back-ups.



I read the massive comparison thread, and it said there were "Reported build issues with original version" do you know if this has been fixed?

post #12 of 21

Yuin PK1's. Full rich sound, if you're willing to consider earbuds. They've gotten great reviews around here, for good reason. Plus, you can wear them in places where you might *not* want total isolation.

post #13 of 21

+1 m2/ro3

post #14 of 21

Hippo VB's are still quite bassy with the least bassy plate, so if you're not a basshead, I wouldnt recommend them.

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Sean Logue View Post


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Confispect View Post

Dude it's the easiest thing in the world it comes equipped with a interchangeable filter tool. Smaller than a q-tip you just twist it and out pops the filter. Also not only do they last for a year+ but they're cheap should you want some back-ups.



I read the massive comparison thread, and it said there were "Reported build issues with original version" do you know if this has been fixed?



Yep all is well I have a old and new the new is V2...I think anyhow, all is well.

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