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In ear headphones for under £20

Poll Results: Which headphone?

 
  • 28% (2)
    Sennheiser cx500
  • 0% (0)
    Sennheiser cx300
  • 0% (0)
    Skullcandy smokin' buds
  • 0% (0)
    V-moda Bass Freq
  • 71% (5)
    Other
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

Hi,

Firstly, i have an ipod touch, and like a high level of bass. I listen to pop and some electronic such as dubstep.

I have a pair of Sony in ear headphones my brother got for me about 2 years ago. I have already replaced the jack when it broke but it is going again, so i borrowed my brothers skullcandy smokin' buds.

I found these headphones to be really good and have a nice level of bass, but have since read poor reviews on the headphone jack and sound quality.

I am looking at these headphones to buy:

Sennheiser cx500

Sennheiser cx300

Skullcandy smokin' buds

V-moda Bass Freq

 

I want a headphone with good base and also clarity, so you can hear detail. It also wants to be reasonably durable. I usually listen to my ipod on the bus or whilst cycling, so noise isolation would be good too. Also it would be nice if the headphone was loud and doesnt distort on high volumes. I dont want to spend more than £20. Also a bonus would be a volume control or a track changer.

 

Rob

 


Edited by Rchez08 - 5/21/11 at 9:05am
post #2 of 27
Thread Starter 
Anyone?
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
K, leaning towards the v moda or sound magic pl11, but another opinion would be nice biggrin.gif
post #4 of 27

Go for a-Jays one,they will sound better than all u mentioned. 19£ here.

post #5 of 27

hi there,

I'd say creative EP-630 (they are the same as the cx300 but with a cheaper price I think)

they are quite good on the bass (good for electronic) but they don't have much clarity.

On the other hand the PL-30 from soundmagic have more clarity but less bass.

I don't know the other ones but i don't recommend the skullcandys (the brand itself have a "bad-sounding" reputation).

 

post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by Aliox View Post

hi there,

I'd say creative EP-630 (they are the same as the cx300 but with a cheaper price I think)

they are quite good on the bass (good for electronic) but they don't have much clarity.

On the other hand the PL-30 from soundmagic have more clarity but less bass.

I don't know the other ones but i don't recommend the skullcandys (the brand itself have a "bad-sounding" reputation).

 

Wouldn't recommend any of them. Both EP-630 and CX300 are very muddy,also there are a lot of fakes and it's hard to buy original one cheap.

PL30 just won't have enough bass for you.
 

 

post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
Ok thanks smily_headphones1.gif
I like the look of the a jays, and the anti- tangle cable sounds cool because i usually stuff my headphones in my pocket. They also come with a 2 year warranty which is good.
However they say 20hz - 18khz, whereas the v-moda say 8hz-18khz. Does that mean the a jays will not have as good bass?
I didnt like the look of the soundmagic pl30, and i read the reviews about lacking in bass, but the pl11 looked ok. However they seem quite budget made.
Have you got any first hand expierience with the a jays? Do they have enough bass along with the clarity of the midtones the cx300's lack?
Rob
post #8 of 27

Don't look at kHz,they really doesn't matter and won't say anything. I heard a-jays one and really liked them,surely better than PL11 that I had (broke after 2 weeks ._.) and cx400 I had (which are better than cx300)

 

post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
Ok, thanks.
Anything on noise from the cable? Apparently they can be a bit noisy.
Also what is the bass like? And how loud are they? I prefer not having to listen to headphones at top volume on my ipod as i find that the sound distorts more.
I think i might go for these.
Rob
post #10 of 27

Becouse of that flat cable,noise is pretty low.

Bass is really good on these,just don't expect crazy amounts of it like probably your old Sonys had.

They have 16 ohm impendance and 95dB sensivity so your iPod surely can make them very loud.

post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
My sony's had terrible bass, that is partly why i am getting new headphones.
I wanted something with similar bass levels to my brothers smokin buds, so you can actually sorta get the 'wub' instea of a 'pop' if you know what i mean.
Is the bass better than the cx400's?
Rob
post #12 of 27

I've had a lot of experience with low-end headphones and I will start by saying that the Skullcandy Smokin' Buds have the most atrocious sound I have ever heard. Not one song sounded enjoyable with them on. The in-line volume control is also an utter fail. I've also burned through several pairs of Skullcandy Ink'd buds, which fared better than the Smokin' buds despite sounding very muddy. Out of the Skullcandy IEM's I've used, the TiTan's have the most desirable sound overall, although the treble is harsh with some music. None of them have any instrumental separation to speak of (is that soundstaging?) My experience with the V-Moda Bass Freq has been somewhat better. They are surprisingly decent for the $10 I paid for them. Obviously, they have a LOT of bass, almost overpoweringly so. It's somewhat better controlled than with the Skullcandies, but still not great. Mids are unremarkable, highs are a bit weak. Clarity is mediocre, but what do you expect? ;)

 

I do like the Bass Freq's smooth cable better than the rubbery cables on some other headphones. Microphonics aren't a problem. Build quality is average, but they are quite possibly the most comfortable cheap headphones I've used. The TiTan's happen to be the least comfortable, leaving me with sore spots after a few hours of the wide metal housings rubbing against my ears. YMMV.

 

And hello everyone. :p I've been moping around these forums for a while, but I finally decided to join up.


Edited by Thursday - 5/21/11 at 3:29pm
post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
Ok, thanks. The skullcandy's are better than my sony's so either the a jay one or the bass freq would be a big upgrade for me. I would like to go for the a jay two, but it is out of my price range.
I will read a few more a jay one reviews and make up my mind.
Rob
post #14 of 27

why not MEElectronics M6 or M9?

post #15 of 27

M9's with the screens removed.

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