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Best $30-40 earbuds for an iPhone?

post #1 of 6
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Hi guys, quick question -- what would you recommend as the best $30-40 earbuds for an iPhone? My Sony MDREX38iPs have started fritzing, and I'm considering getting an identical replacement pair -- unless you know of any better? The Amazon reviews are kind of average, but I've always been pretty fond of them. The sound quality is much better than the stock iPhone earbuds and a couple of other cheap-ish pairs I've tried. I really like have the microphone and track control buttons and am not sure I can find other earbuds with those features at this price point.

 

I have a pair of Sennheiser HD595s that I love (for brief listening sessions), but they're not exactly earbuds ;)


Amazon link for the Sonys, about $30: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002M78JA2/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 6

You could consider the Brainwavz, Soundmagics or MEElectronics IEMs in that pricerange.

 

Read this: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/478568/multi-iem-review-134-iems-compared-ecci-pr401-added-01-17

post #3 of 6
one of the best iem in that price range is the UE200.
post #4 of 6
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Thanks for the replies! The Brainwavz M1 look pretty good and I'm tempted to spring for them, but it looks like they don't have iPod controls or a microphone. If the sound quality is really great, I might be persuaded to overlook the absence of those features... but ideally I'd find a pair that had them.

 

Taking a quick look at the 'comparison by numbers’ chart suggests a few other options:

 

  • MEElectronics M11+ ($55) – a bit pricier than I’d like, but potentially worth it?
  • Maximo iMetal iM-590 ($42)
  • MEElectronics Ai-M6 / M6 ($32)

 

Do you guys have any thoughts on those? Thanks again!

post #5 of 6

I can't comment on the others, since the only one I have is the M6 in that bunch.

With regard to the M6 however, it can be very sibilant right off the get go. Bass is pretty strong too, makes for a kind of V-shaped graph off of an equalizer.

 

Bass boominess mellows out post burn-in and mental burn-in, and the sibilance kind of tames out as well, but some of us mod it a little bit to tame the sibilance down further a little as well by stuffing a dampening material into the huge, open bore of the earphone.

 

That said, I'd like to imagine that the M6 maybe less of an acquired taste when I listened to it, since its bassiness and somewhat elevated treble levels make for a fun sound, and the folks around here in the office I work in like a lotta bass.

 

Comparing the M1 to the M6 though, the M1 sounds to me of an earphone that's a step higher than the M6 in terms of quality alone, but it'd highly depend on one's sound sig preference (guys here in the office say that the M1 is nice, but boring compared to the M6 forexample).

 

Personally, I found the M6 to have a better fit on my ears VS the M1 as well.

 

You can't go wrong with either the M1 or M6 though, they make a good first timer earphone I'd believe =)

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Taking a quick look at the 'comparison by numbers’ chart suggests a few other options:

 

  • MEElectronics M11+ ($55) – a bit pricier than I’d like, but potentially worth it?
  • Maximo iMetal iM-590 ($42)
  • MEElectronics Ai-M6 / M6 ($32)

 

Do you guys have any thoughts on those? Thanks again!



Out of those three - the iP-HS5 (mic'd version of iM-590). However, according to the release schedule posted in one of the other threads, I think the new Meelec CX21P and CW31P are supposed to go on pre-sale today or tomorrow. I personally like both a little better than the M11P+ (mic'd version of M11+) and the M6P. Both are part of the new 'clarity' series so they don't have the huge bass of the M-series models but overall they are very impressive. The CW31 has a shallower (and potentially more comfortable) fit and a boost in the mid-bass region, which makes it sound a little warm next to the balanced-and-neutral CX21.  

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