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Best IEMS under $200 for comfort and sound?

post #1 of 13
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Hey guys,

 

I'm looking for some new IEMS under $200 for listening to music from my Nokia N9 on public transport (my klipsch headphones are on the verge of splitting open). I'm looking for something really comfortable (I have kind of odd ears - i find it hard to find tips big enough for my ears, and foam ones don't have very good isolation from my experience), with decent sound for rock(ish) music. For the type of music I listen to my last.fm page can help you. I have seen that etymotic have custom tips, but I'm not sure if it'd be under $200. I have also seen the Kozee Infinity X1, but I have heard bad things about their customer support. Does anyone have any suggestions?

post #2 of 13

$60 Option

Brainwavz M2 with Large T-400 foam tips

 

$150 Options

Ultimate Ears UE700 with Comply tips

Recable the connector as many have reported problems with the wire splitting there

The sound is awesome as there are two drivers on these, one for bass and one for mids to treble

 

Etymotic HF5

-30dB + of isolation

Neutral sound with a slight lack of bass

Some complain of fit issues, but you can try many different tips

 

post #3 of 13

Westone 2! Nice and small, super comfortable w/ good isolation. Great company and I think the best single earphone under $200 (Earphonesolutions w/ coupon code CHILL11). You might also want to check out the GR07.

post #4 of 13

From memory, the EX600's were great for rock music. Some bands I frequently listened to while I had them were The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, Pinback, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, and Rush. IMO the treble and bass texturing works perfectly with rock. One of the best IEM I've had for rock music actually. It came in second to the EX1000 tho wink.gif. They were also incredibly comfortable to me, and I actually have pretty small ears.

 

You can also take a look into the GR07. I can't give you any impressions on that IEM as I haven't heard it, but I'm sure you'll be able to draw your own opinions of its sound from what other people have been said about it.

post #5 of 13

UE TF10Pro, Sony EX600, Sennheiser IE7, Sennheiser IE8 (used), MTP Gold, MTP Copper, Westone 2, CK10 and DBA-02.

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by ZARIM View Post

UE TF10Pro, Sony EX600, Sennheiser IE7, Sennheiser IE8 (used), MTP Gold, MTP Copper, Westone 2, CK10 and DBA-02.

 

Don't think the TF10s and "comfortable" go in the same sentence for a lot of people - best to try them out first. 

post #7 of 13

My 2 cents: DBA-02, EX600, GR07, ER4S (though any Ety in general), and UE700, of the ones I've personally owned, under $200. smile.gif

post #8 of 13

Check out the EX600 and FX500

post #9 of 13

You and me are "Super" compatible on Last.fm and I'm absolutely loving the JAYS q-JAYS. They're a little out of your budget ($230) but they're fantastic.

post #10 of 13

I'll recommend the Visonic GR07 and JVC FXT90.  Both have great distortion guitar crunch and both excel in drum presentation and timbre.  Good luck.

post #11 of 13

I would not consider etymotic or triple.fi 10 particularly comfortable.

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