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Looking for strong build IEM with excellent sound quality

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,

 

I bought a pair of RE-Zero. The IEM is great, really good with my J3.

However, and even if I was a bit careful, one side is "unsticked". I will send it back to Zococity for them to repair it but I'm a but angry about that situation. This is tipically the kind of situation I wanted to avoid.

I would like to know which IEMs are strongly build so I won't be sibject to such a disgrace :P

I would like to stick with a sound quality at close as possible to RE-Zero or eventually something a bit more neutral. I'm not a basshead, I like analytical or eventually balanced sound (as described by ClieOS) 

 

Thanks for your input guys :)

 

post #2 of 15

Ety HF3/HF5. Little steel (well, aluminum probably) tanks that are even better than RE0 and similar overall.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for tis suggestion !

One thing I forgot (and this is a very important information :P) I don't expect to spend more than 150$ (under 100$ would be nice)

post #4 of 15

They are $150 on Amazon, and were just $98 during a special, and have been dipping down to around $110 recently. They sound like a good choice for you. You could also probably get them cheaper on the for sale forum here.

 

The Ety MC5 is a decent, cheaper alternative.
 

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Originally Posted by Rayy View Post

Thanks for tis suggestion !

One thing I forgot (and this is a very important information :P) I don't expect to spend more than 150$ (under 100$ would be nice)



 

post #5 of 15

 

Looking for a strongly built IEM with excellent sound under 150.

 

Dont we all??

 

 

post #6 of 15

Adding to the HF5, I think UE700 is worth a try.

post #7 of 15

for under $100US one will never find a IEM that is strong and build to last.

It is just the way life is my friend.

Just save up few more Euros/dollars by starving for few days and get yourself something worthwhile.

200US at least

post #8 of 15

If you can find a pair of Pan HJE900 in the FS for around 100, those things are built like a tank and have removable cables. Ety HFs go for around 60-80 as well in FS and are very solid too. 

post #9 of 15

Also recommending the HF5 for your sound signature. Two year warranty if you buy authorized. W/ earphonesolutions coupon code you can get them from right around $100. Etymotic has brilliant customer service, too.

post #10 of 15

I'd have to also say Etymotic HF series...  Great build that is sure to last.  You'll definitely like the signature if you like the RE0, although I do prefer the RE0 to them still.

post #11 of 15

What does "unsticked" mean?

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Sorry for the unappropriate term. In fact the right phone block is seperated in two.

So i have the part with the filter and the other one where the cables are tied.

To sum up, I can see the inside of the phone but it does not seem like there is a crack or something. It's more like the block was made of 2 parts sticked together which have been seperated. (I hope it's clearer, in french it would have been easier lol.

 

 

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Looking for a strongly built IEM with excellent sound under 150.

 

Dont we all??

 

Build quality is not equal in this category.

I had a Sennheiser CX-300 II and a pair of Sony IEM (don't remember the model, it was years ago and I bought it because it was Sony - moronic I know ^^) and they were stronger than my RE-Zero^.

Both of them were under 100 $.

 

 

Quote:

for under $100US one will never find a IEM that is strong and build to last.

It is just the way life is my friend.

Just save up few more Euros/dollars by starving for few days and get yourself something worthwhile.

200US at least

 

Interesting, the previously mentionned IEM last years before dying (is it considered as bad ? I'm curious, my standards as a newbie to audiophilie may be too low)

the RE-Zero pair has less than 6 months and I did not use them with less care than the previous one (I have been more careful I'd say)

Psychologically, I may be not ready to spend 200 $ for a pair of IEMs. Especially if I buy them via internet without a physical store to go in case of problem. (That's why I apreciate the comments related to the quality of Etymotics customer service. This is a very important information for me)

But which IEM would you suggest with a price tag around 200$ ?

 

 

 

Thanks again for your input guys :)

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

One more thing.

 

ClieOS mentionned Sunrise IEMs (Xcite and Xscape models) as strongly built with a very good sound quality. Does anyone had a chance to test them ? Deal with their customer service ?

I'm trying to have as many input as I can. :)

post #14 of 15
The Sony EX600 are very strong built IEMs with realy good sound quality (neutral, balanced) and has removeable cable. The other IEMs like ER4P, HF5, DBA-02, B2, SA6 and Image X5 are recommended.
post #15 of 15
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What does "unsticked" mean?


I assume the housing comes apart? Won't be the first HifiMan to have its housing split open because of weak glue. Make me wonder why they don't want to use a stronger glue?

 



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Originally Posted by Rayy View Post

One more thing.

 

ClieOS mentionned Sunrise IEMs (Xcite and Xscape models) as strongly built with a very good sound quality. Does anyone had a chance to test them ? Deal with their customer service ?

I'm trying to have as many input as I can. :)


Unfortunately it seems some of the latest batch also suffer from weak glue, though I believe Sunrise already notice the issue. You can take your chances or make sure you have some superglue around as it really is a quick fix on your own.

 

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