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Best IEM's for up to 150USD?

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I cannot choose an IEM for around USD150. There are way to many choices, so I'd like to hear your guys' opinions. I'm looking for an IEM under $150, it need high durability and build quality. I'd prefer a very balanced sound. It needs to have at least decent isolation. I was thinking of saving up even more money for VSonic GR07's do you think they're worth it?

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$70

Depending upon what you already have I would go for Brainwavz M2's.  I have ER-6i's, Monster TurbinePro Copper, and a few others and I really like the Brainwavz.  Plus they are built really well.  They a a tad bass tilted, but nothing like Denon or Sennheiser in-ears.  I cannot really tell that they are bass heavy, but the highs lack a little sparkle.  They receive a 9/10 on joker's IEM review.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/478568/multi-iem-review-186-iems-compared-xears-nature-n3i-xe200pro-added-8-01

 

$149

The Etymotic HF5 is also a very nice balanced sounding in-ear.  It lacks, like almost all Etymotic in-ears, the bass thump.  They make up for it everywhere else.  It is not like the bass is missing, just not overly pronounced.  You can attach Comply tips to better fit your ears if you have any comfort issues.

 

$149

The Phiaton PS 200 is also another great neutral sounding headphone. 

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Thanks, I am seriously considering the HF5's now, they seem great.

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The hf5 is a good iem albeit on the analytical side of things.  I certainly feel that it is lacking when compared to the GR07.  I'm trying not to be a fanboy but the Vsonic is awesome.  Needs 100+ hours of burn-in.

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Originally Posted by Crabaroni View Post

I cannot choose an IEM for around USD150. There are way to many choices, so I'd like to hear your guys' opinions. I'm looking for an IEM under $150, it need high durability and build quality. I'd prefer a very balanced sound. It needs to have at least decent isolation. I was thinking of saving up even more money for VSonic GR07's do you think they're worth it?

 

The GR07's are definitely worth their weight. However, the EX600 isn't far off your list either my friend, albeit whether or not it offers 'decent' isolation is debatable, depending on what one considers as decent. I for one most certainly consider their isolation decent, but only if coupled with the right tips. In my experience, larger tips, offering a deeper insertion (e.g. Monster silicone tri-flanges) will provide better isolation than most other tips. In any case, either one is top notch when it comes to sound quality. smile.gif

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Save your money and go GR07 they will give you everything your looking for and then some.
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