After a year of non-stop use my trusty Panasonic RP-HJE120E's (Best £8 I ever spent!) recently broke on me and so I'm on the look out for a new pair of in-ear headphones.
I'm on a very tight budget right now, I want to spend no more than £25 preferably but I can (reluctantly) stretch to £40. And these headphones will have to last me a long time, so I don't want to make the wrong choice and make a purchase that I later regret.
Looking on Amazon I immediately found the Klipsch Image S3's (£18) but after reading some reviews I got the impression that the Klipsch Image S4 (£39) are much better. But at twice the price, are they really worth the extra cost?
I also had a look at what Sony were offering and found the Sony MDR-EX77's (£18) but they appear to have the same awful design as the MDR-EX90's which I own and absolutely loath using (They sit awkwardly in my ears and I don't hear any bass whatsoever from them. And they hurt.) But maybe the EX77's are more ergonomically designed?
The other brand I've been looking at is SoundMAGIC with the PL30's (£22 at iHeadphones.com) which look great from the reviews I've read, but I've never worn over the ear-style headphones before so I have serious reservations about whether they'll be comfortable or not? The PL11's (£16) look more comfortable but do they sound as good as the PL30's?
As far as what music I like? I listen to lots of folk and electronic music, with a bit of jazz thrown in occasionally. I don't care for rock or hip-hop. So I want headphones with clear treble and an immersive soundstage, but at the same time I don't want them to have completely non-existent bass. Although if they have bass, but it's lacking in punch, then that's not a dealbreaker.
I'm sorry for the rambling nature or of this post. :)
So basically are any of the headphones I mentioned worth my hard-earned money? Or do you know of a completely different pair which you'd like to recommend?
Edited by coda - 4/27/11 at 12:21pm