Hi everyone! This is my first post here. I have a pair of white Shure SCL4s that i bought a little over two years ago so they are out of warranty by like a month. I absolutely loved these headphones, even though I found them uncomfortable at first. The rubber that covers where the wire connects to the earpiece came undone and the wires frayed exposing the metal coil inside but the coil inside survived and I superglued the rubber piece back into place to recover the exposed coil. Since I did this I never took advantage of the warranty, because I figured it was void. I only paid like $79 for them from musican's friend because they were discontinued.
The thing is I miss music. I find myself never listening to music anymore in the last months when I first started hearing an audible hiss in the left speaker. I tried going back to cheap buds and i just plain hate them. At $79 its like a drug dealer giving you a hit for free the first time and then you can't get enough. I've also had the shure IE1 and they were better than ipod earbuds but no where near the Scl4 quality. The bose had immediate comfort though but a horribly thin wire that didn't last. I am very rough on my earbuds. I used to go thru a pair of the cheap ones each week or two.
On the go, I usually use my Nokia N900 (maemo linux based os) for music which I have 64gb on (32gb internal + 32gb microsd), it also plays flac and just about anything I throw at it. I've never used a portable amp as my phone is I think thick enough, but is it worth trying?
When at home I would use my Shure Scl4 on my win 7 64 bit pc, on this I plugged my buds into a Xonar Essence STX headphone amp soundcard. For speakers on my computer I use audioengine AE2s running from my sound card which I think sound much better than my cheap 7.1 Onyko speaker system.
Most music I have is in flac or lame 320 vbr quality -0. I plan on buying a pair of Sennheier HD650 cans soon or at least an audio techina ath-a900 if I can't afford the 650s. What I need is a good pair of earbuds for on the go costing under $200 USD. But please bear in mind I am rough on earbuds and cheaper can be better. Oh and what about portable amps?
Edited by mas5acre - 3/11/11 at 1:25am