Did a search for comments for best IEM for bicycling and came up with sporadic comments mostly. I'm absolutely *not* interested in over/on-the ear headphones. Strictly IEMs only.
What would the hardcore bikers suggest?
Ideally, for me, the combination would be as follows:
- Adjustable outside noise attenuation, perhaps with replaceable tips or adjustments, so that I can tone down traffic noise, but still hear it
- Minimal wind noise, even in very windy environments, and with noise blocking (see 1) not set to it's highest
- A very sturdy, replaceable cable (it does get stuck and gets pulled accidentally) with no self-noise / cord-induced noise
- Very good sound quality, of course
- Very good wearing comfort (for me this excluded all the silicone based tree shaped tips)
- Universal fit (no need for custom molds)
- Waterproof when worn, even in heavy rain
- Easy to drive from non-zero ohm output impedance portable source (no separate amp)
- Don't stick too far out from inside ears
For me, hopefully under $400 USD (can also be under 400€, as prices can differ so much across the pond).
I know getting anywhere close to the ideal can be tricky, but I'm interested in hearing what the hardcore bicyclers here have found the best.
And yes, I know about dangers of blocking all traffic noise around me, would not do it and am not planning to wear these when juggling between cars in downtown traffic :)
IEM's that I've tried and my experiences:
- Etymotic ER-4P : not the best wearing comfort, best seal for me gives too high attenuation (lose too much traffit), still lots of wind noise, stick out too much
- Westone W3 : better wearing comfort, really like the sound, a hassle to insert, hard to adjust attenuation without losing seal, even more wind noise, don't stick out too much imho
- Sennheiser mm 70i : can't really get proper seal at all (tried all the tips), horrible in wind, not waterproof at all, can hear traffic sounds way too loud
So, the search continues.