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post #1 of 13
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Hi, all. I am starting a small retail shop for local sales only, specializing in the budget segment of audio in general. The locally-available selection of headphones is terrible and one thing I'd like to do with my shop is change that situation.

 

I currently have in-qty access to quite a few of the most common known-quantity brands and quite a few of the off-brands as well. While I know the best over-ear bargains in the $10-50 bracket pretty well, and am already carrying most of them (KSC75 / Portapro, Flats, CV185, etc.), I'd also like to be able to offer my cash-challenged customers a better selection of the best possible values at the $5, $10, $15 and $20 price points, earbuds being a particularly problematic segment here. I'd like to hear from experienced folks on their personal 'phone favorites at any / all of these price points, regardless of type. Certainly, if there are *any* $5 retail headphones worth having, I'd love to know about it!

post #2 of 13

I don't really understand why you're attempting to enter such a lacklustre market

 

I'd also like to be able to offer my cash-challenged customers a better selection of the best possible values at the $5, $10, $15 and $20 price points

 

When I was a high school student, I earned $20 by working at McDonald's for 3 hours. I believe any investment into such a market would be a waste. Particularly if your target market is anywhere between the 15+ age bracket.

 

The locally-available selection of headphones is terrible and one thing I'd like to do with my shop is change that situation.


Maybe this is because they're offering products from the $5 - $20 range, similar to what you're about to do? It is difficult to find quality products in that range.

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by LegendaryLvl1 View Post

I don't really understand why you're attempting to enter such a lacklustre market

 

I'd also like to be able to offer my cash-challenged customers a better selection of the best possible values at the $5, $10, $15 and $20 price points

 

When I was a high school student, I earned $20 by working at McDonald's for 3 hours. I believe any investment into such a market would be a waste. Particularly if your target market is anywhere between the 15+ age bracket.

 

The locally-available selection of headphones is terrible and one thing I'd like to do with my shop is change that situation.


Maybe this is because they're offering products from the $5 - $20 range, similar to what you're about to do? It is difficult to find quality products in that range.



The reason I'm entering this market is because I have an opportunity to do so with extremely limited / low-risk overhead, and it's a market I am extremely passionate about, like most folks here. I'm not out to make a ton of money; I'm out to sell stuff to younger / broke-r folks that would otherwise have no good local source of information or product. Headphones will not be the only thing I sell along these lines. It's an experiment, but one that I hope will work well enough to just keep things running, because I am very disheartened at the quality of stuff that I see folks using and I want to get good-sounding equipment into the hands of as many people as possible.

 

There's no one in my "neighborhood" selling the KSC75s, which I consider the best $15ish you could spend on audio if that's all you have to spend. There are plenty of other phones I consider passable at the $10 mark, although they are hardly in the majority, and I am always hoping to find more. The $5 price point is important primarily from the perspective of word of mouth and repeat business, if that makes any sense-- there are scads of $5 phones available, and every single one I've tried is horrible. If I can find one that *isn't* horrible and sell it with the caveat that it's as good as a $5 headphone gets, then I've saved my customers some time, and given them something to consider for their next trip in.

post #4 of 13

Umm...contact the people at Esmooth?

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hrm, that's a new one on me. Looks like a possibility, though from the esmooth thread I'm reading (or at least the first half or so) the performance is not the most notable thing about these phones. Maybe I'm missing something so far, though.

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by lossfizzle View Post

Hrm, that's a new one on me. Looks like a possibility, though from the esmooth thread I'm reading (or at least the first half or so) the performance is not the most notable thing about these phones. Maybe I'm missing something so far, though.


It's a mixed bag. I like the 610 and 360, but the 530 sounds very meh.

post #7 of 13
When I didn't have a lot of money to spend, I liked the sound of these: http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-HT21-Lightweight-Headphones-Port/dp/B00004T8R2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1312999194&sr=8-3

You might want to try these Sony's too: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-J10-Headphones-Non-Slip-Design/dp/B000092YR6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312999352&sr=8-1

Neither of those will offer jaw dropping sound quality, but acceptable for what they are. If you don't expect miracles, they will do plenty well enough.


Along with others, I question the need. Unless you plan to sell mp3 players or something along those lines with the headphones, going headphones-only doesn't seem like a very profitable endeavor. There's not many good options out there below $20 that sound good and last.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by lossfizzle View Post





The reason I'm entering this market is because I have an opportunity to do so with extremely limited / low-risk overhead, and it's a market I am extremely passionate about, like most folks here. I'm not out to make a ton of money; I'm out to sell stuff to younger / broke-r folks that would otherwise have no good local source of information or product. Headphones will not be the only thing I sell along these lines. It's an experiment, but one that I hope will work well enough to just keep things running, because I am very disheartened at the quality of stuff that I see folks using and I want to get good-sounding equipment into the hands of as many people as possible.

 

There's no one in my "neighborhood" selling the KSC75s, which I consider the best $15ish you could spend on audio if that's all you have to spend. There are plenty of other phones I consider passable at the $10 mark, although they are hardly in the majority, and I am always hoping to find more. The $5 price point is important primarily from the perspective of word of mouth and repeat business, if that makes any sense-- there are scads of $5 phones available, and every single one I've tried is horrible. If I can find one that *isn't* horrible and sell it with the caveat that it's as good as a $5 headphone gets, then I've saved my customers some time, and given them something to consider for their next trip in.


Kudos to you for having the passion to have such an endeavor :)

 

Not enough people like you around!

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by ChipnDalebowl View Post

When I didn't have a lot of money to spend, I liked the sound of these: http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-HT21-Lightweight-Headphones-Port/dp/B00004T8R2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1312999194&sr=8-3

You might want to try these Sony's too: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-J10-Headphones-Non-Slip-Design/dp/B000092YR6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312999352&sr=8-1

Neither of those will offer jaw dropping sound quality, but acceptable for what they are. If you don't expect miracles, they will do plenty well enough.


Along with others, I question the need. Unless you plan to sell mp3 players or something along those lines with the headphones, going headphones-only doesn't seem like a very profitable endeavor. There's not many good options out there below $20 that sound good and last.


Were you talking about Unique Melody Miracles? evil_smiley.gif

 

post #10 of 13

Contact the good folks at Meelectronics.

post #11 of 13

MEElectronics are great and cheap.

 

DUNU (only the Tridents would fit your requirements) are really good too.

post #12 of 13
Oh, i will repeat myself, but i have to write it down again, it deserves it so much to me : Dunu Trident ! They are the ones i was searching for a long time. To tell you, i use at home A Marantz CR-603 hifi system to connect my iPad wireless, with a wonderful pair of Triangle Zeta Speakers, so this is a really high end audio quality product, and to be true on my words, i spent all my money on the system, and needed to find a true and no expensive earphones, when i disconnect my iPad and iPhone off my home Hifi to move outside. The Trident are as we said here in my country a DELICE...
Have to try them, no risk for the price to pay, they are dynamic, colored, open, airy, pefect highs to me.
I had few stuff like sennheiser (cx300, hd400, px200...), creative stuff, (Aurvana, Ep630..) some Ultimate Ears (can't remember the model, a one before logitech buy), some Philips earphones, a pair of Sony Ex-500, a Soundmagic PL30, manie, manies, manies, and Strangely, i bought one day a pair of Logitech earphones ( a model bought in the big distribution, before they bought UE, in Carrefour market, findable in the Psp side of the store, neodymium made) 20€, they were to me the great signature, and exactly what i was searching in terms of sound reproduction...20€!!! Never found as good as these Logitech, expept 3 weeks ago when i bought the Trident. What much to say, the sound is beautiful. It is like Sennheiser to me, but re enforced, more solid, more clear, more intelligent, more solid yes one more time. I like the V Shapped signature (lows and highs solid, but not excessive like the Hippos or the Meelec)
Try them, really, see how many wprds i write for such a in expensive model, they deserve my energy for real. To me once again, these earphones are the best for the price, and to me you won't find better for the price. They cost 1/3 less than they will have to cost if they were a known brand.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hey, thanks to everyone who posted on this about MEE / Dunu. I wasn't getting notifications from the thread. I have already been talking with MEE and will be carrying their stuff. Will look into the Tridents. Thanks!

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