Hello! I came to this site some time back for assistance in finding a set of closed cans, and I’m still grateful for the plethora of good advice given to me. I’m hoping I can, once again, rely on you trusty Head-Fi’ers to give me some words of wisdom on some IEM’s I’m looking for!
-Currently using: Sony MDR-EX082’s – they came free with an MP3 player I bought two years ago, and I absolutely love these. The reason I’m looking for a new set of IEM’s is because the cable near the jack got accidentally yanked a year back; despite wrapping that part up in duct tape on several different occasions, I still need to do some daily adjustments to get the cord in juuusttt the right position to get the full range of sound in both ears.
-Will be using these on: my work computer – an old HP Compaq 8100 with a Realtek HD Audio Output – no amplifier or anything. Just pluggin’ em in and listening away! The noise levels in my work environment are quiet to moderate, but isolation is always a big plus for me. Usually streaming music through RealPlayer.
-Music genre: primarily electronica (trance, progressive, house, chillout) with the occasional old-school gangster rap thrown in there. As you might guess, I’m quite a fan of the bass but wouldn’t want the mids/highs to be too underwhelmed (I love the melodies in trance).
-Price range: VERY low, for two reasons – I’m on an extremely limited budget (gotta love the student life), and I’m pretty sure I can get what I’m looking for without having to spend a bundle – remember, I'm totally happy with the MDR-EX082’s and they sell for like $15. To give you guys a hard number, I’d want to spend less than $30 for these IEM’s. I *might* be willing to be slightly flexible with this cutoff, only if it comes w/ a drastic quality improvement.
-Volume level: I tend to listen at a low to mid volume level, so any imperfections in sound quality after cranking up the volume to max won’t apply to me.
-Other desired attributes: something durable and comfortable (will be wearing them quite a bit on a daily basis), and relatively easy to take on/off (since I have to talk w/ people fairly often).
My research online and from these forums points me towards a few choices, all of which I’ve found for prices within my spending limit. I’d be more than grateful if you could let me know your opinions on them, and if there are any other solid models I happened to look over. Thanks in advance, guys!
-MEElectronics M6 / MEElectronics M9