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Recommendations for clip-on headphones?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Right now I'm looking at the Yuin G2A, ATH-EW7 (if I can find them), and ATH-EW9s. I've heard the Yuin's are great but how do they compare to the ATH phones?

post #2 of 11

For clip on (I assume you mean ear-clip?), you can't do better than the Koss KSC75. Just read the reviews and how they keep outperforming bigtime. They are relatively cheap and have extremely good sound quality.

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I have the EW9s, well I think that’s what they are - they are made by AT, have a wood cover and clip over the ears. They are beautifully made, have a low microphonic cable and I find them quite comfortable once you have learnt to put them on. Unfortunately though they have very little bass, and for my taste I need about +7dB at 100Hz to make them sound like ‘proper’ headphones. However the midrange and the HF are very nice.

post #4 of 11
EC700ti, if you can get a genuine pair for a good price. Better balanced sound than the EW9 imo.
post #5 of 11
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Aren't EC700s earbuds with an earclip? The KSC75, normally I'd buy it in a heartbeat but the entire rim design puts me off quite a bit. Are there really no better clip-on earphones in the ~100 range?

post #6 of 11

I'd get the EW9. It is one of a kind and in its own class. It's expertly carved out of Japanese Sakura wood. They are rare to get now because of the earthquake and stuff. So definitely getting one now would add a lot to the collectible value. Also the wood adds a special flavor to the acoustics. Vocals and high are just beautiful. It's true they lack bass... more because of the lack of isolation than because of how they sound. If you push them onto your ears you get awesome bass. 

 

If you are just looking for value, get Yuin G2A. If you are on a budget, get Koss. 

 

There is like no demand for clip-ons, so nobody's developing them anymore, except maybe ATH once in a while. They don't isolate, they have weak bass, they don't' stay on as well as sports earphones, and they are bulky compared to IEMs. 

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

You think someone would trade a mm400 for a EW9? >_>

 

In any case. I'm really considering the EW9, how well made are the actual clips? I heard the Yuins have very weak clips made completely of plastic.

post #8 of 11

I own the Yuin G2A and the discontinued Pioneer SE-EX9 clip-on earphones. I enjoy them both, but find the Yuin to be slightly more balanced overall while the Pioneer is more forward and in your face...

I haven't tried any other clip on earphones but I'm slightly considering the JVC/Victor HP-AL1000. But the highs seem to be too piercing out of the box and the HP-AL1000 require either amping or modding, or both, to sound good...

 

You can find the Yuin G2A for around $50 on Ebay. I bought mine from there and I recommend them. They do not isolate at all, but if you are in a relatively quiet place, they sound really nice.

 

Have you seen this thread?

http://www.head-fi.org/t/424109/best-clip-ons-yuin-g1a-ath-ew9-ksc-35km-modded-ksc-35-yuin-g2a-mdr-q68lw-diy-grado-clip-ons-ksc-75

 

I think you can find answers to your questions there...

post #9 of 11
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Is there anyway to get my hands on the Pioneers? Or any place I guess

post #10 of 11
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Is there anyway to get my hands on the Pioneers? Or any place I guess



Hmmm... I don't think so. I bought mine second hand while living in Japan last year. They were already then discontinued. I did see another Pioneer clip-on earphone, the SE-EX7, during the first six months of my stay. Then they disappeared as well. I think they were sold mostly in Japan and east asia. So I think that your safest bet would be the Yuin G2A. You could get those and keep an eye open for the Pioneer clip-on phones...

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by geoxile View Post

Aren't EC700s earbuds with an earclip? The KSC75, normally I'd buy it in a heartbeat but the entire rim design puts me off quite a bit. Are there really no better clip-on earphones in the ~100 range?


Yup, they're small clip-ons, or earbuds with earclips, whatever you wanna call them. The thing is, they outclass the whole range of larger Audio Technica clip-ons by quite some margin (I've heard most of them). Here's a review that is pretty much spot-on imo. Sadly there are a lot of fakes out there, but the real thing is a winner.

 

That said, among the larger ATHs I'd choose the EM700ti over the EW9, since they have lower profile and slightly better sound quality. Of course the EW9 are lookers, no doubt about that. The clips are very high quality on all ATHs. Again, watch out for fakes and best to buy only from authorized/trusted dealers.

 

Oh, and KSC75 are great bang for buck, but to my ears not quite on the same level as ATH clip-ons.

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