I am looking to make a slight upgrade from my current IEMs the SoundMagic Pl21 in a few months. I really like the Pl21 and i was very happy with them. I liked the bass which was a lot better than my old Philips IEMs and i found them to be a lot clearer than stock earphones which was a real highlight, however the bass did feel a bit, boomy.
I feel now that it is time to upgrade my earphones, (slowly but surely) so i was looking for a good budget Sub $50, preferably sub $40 (approx 50nzd) earphones. At the moment i have had a good look on this site for the recomended sub $50 IEMs and i have narrowed it down to a few.
- Meelec M21 ($35)
- Meelec CX21 (recommended by meelec for my music taste) ($40)
- Brainwavz Pro Alpha ($35)
- Brainwavz M1 ($35)
I am open to other options, this time i should be able to order online. My main questions are;
"are the Brainwavz superior to the Meelec models? I have heard that they are better than the M6 but no comparison to the CX and M21 models."
"what would you say is the difference between the M1 and ProAlpha, it really seems to come down to personal taste but which would you say suits metal, metalcore and death metal genres which i listen to a lot (killswitch engage, august burns red, the devil wears prada, as i lay dying)?"
"are there any other earphones that would suit my genres of music or would i have to pay a higher price to get one that suits metal? I have had a look on ljoker1's massive thread and none have been recommended for metal music"
I am also not sure if the M1 has been discontinued because they are advertised on MP4nation but when i click on it, it says they are not there.
What i look for in an IEM is hard to say, i like clarity but at the same time i miss the warmness. It's hard to explain since i am new to the whole 'audiophile' analysis. I like the warmness of the bass but i also love clarity. I am useless at defining instruments so i will just say i love the sound of the symbol on the drums so any IEM that gives it that extra prominence or sparkle/shimmer (wrong word?) will be nice.
I almost forgot to add, this will be used on my Ipod video which i may rockbox.
Sorry for the long post.