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Hey There, I just received a $50 Amazon Gift Card, and I've been debating over what I should use the money on. I've already decided on spending 10 dollars of it on a new itouch case and LCD screen protector. So that leaves ~$40 for a quality pair of earphones. 

 

After a lot of Google research, I've found two worthy options:

• The well-balanced and high quality Yuin Pk3 earphones

• And the extremely comfortable Meelectronics M9 IEMs

 

The most important factor in my decision of earphones is how perform with my music. I enjoy listening to Hip-Hop and a little bit of Jazz. My favorite artist is the hip-hop producer Nujabes, so it is essential that the earphones work well with his works. From what I can tell his music is not that bassy (for hip-hop that is) and that the mids "steal the show".

 

Some of Nujabes' best work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUwRGPxCG_Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O0kuoiAm2A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih1GM8Qf6t8

 

And some more Q's to throw at you guys:

 

• Are the m9s the best meelectronics IEM for less than $40

• Are there better IEMs <$40

• Do the Yuin PK3s work well with Hip-Hop and Jazz

 

 

BTW please don't recommend Open Headphones, because I like to listen to music in the public. 

 

Thanks So Much,

Cool8t 

post #2 of 16

Why not think of the gift card as a discount and buy something a little more expensive/better very_evil_smiley.gif?

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Why not think of the gift card as a discount and buy something a little more expensive/better very_evil_smiley.gif?



I'll go $10 above budget to $50, but I'd prefer to not have to use my credit card.

post #4 of 16

Meelec a151. I've had it for about a month, the only phone I've been listening to since then, and even though the it's not mid forward as you would like, it's performs great across the entire spectrum. I've only used single flanged hybrid, and the isolation is good enough that I don't get annoyed by the wind when I'm walking around...and the build quality on the cable looks pretty solid.

 

It seems like A151 is pretty well-liked around head-fi also, it was a pretty solid investment for me.

 

I got mine for about $40, but it's 48 right now on amazon.

 

http://www.amazon.com/MEElectronics-A151-BK-Balanced-Armature-Headphones/dp/B004OBZ2XQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319417413&sr=8-1

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You can get the SoundMagic E10's for $35 shipped on Amazon.  |joker| gives them a very favorable rating in his multi-iem thread.  I just recently picked them up and they are quite astonishing for such little money.  Very good bass punch with nice sub bass and an overall clear sound.

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Meelec a151. I've had it for about a month, the only phone I've been listening to since then, and even though the it's not mid forward as you would like, it's performs great across the entire spectrum. I've only used single flanged hybrid, and the isolation is good enough that I don't get annoyed by the wind when I'm walking around...and the build quality on the cable looks pretty solid.

 

It seems like A151 is pretty well-liked around head-fi also, it was a pretty solid investment for me.

 

I got mine for about $40, but it's 48 right now on amazon.

 

http://www.amazon.com/MEElectronics-A151-BK-Balanced-Armature-Headphones/dp/B004OBZ2XQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319417413&sr=8-1


 

Thanks for your input! However, I'm sorry if I made it seem like I am pro mids because I'd really prefer a well rounded and balanced sound. Unless someone suggest that my music interest is better suited with a stronger bass, mid, or treble. The 151s seem like a viable option, but because they are almost over budget, I'd only consider them if they are considerably better than the m6s or m9s. 

 


Edited by Cool8t - 10/23/11 at 6:16pm
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Thanks for your input! However, I'm sorry if I made it seem like I am pro mids because I'd really prefer a well rounded and balanced sound. Unless someone suggest that my music interest is better suited with a stronger bass, mid, or treble. The 151s seem like a viable option, but because they are almost over budget, I'd only consider them if they are considerably better than the m6s or m9s. 

 


well they are very different. the a151 are balanced armatures, and if youre not used to them youre not going to like them. they are the most balanced, but they are cold and analytical sounding, kind of like studio monitors. personally, i prefer this though, its clairy is amazing.  if you want to spend that much on a mee product, get the cc51, you will not be dissapointed. the m9 are very bass heavy as well as the m9, so if youre looking for balanced dont go there. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/MEElectronics-Clarity-CC51-WT-Ceramic-Headphone/dp/B004OBZ2W2

 

~50$ (for now get them while theyre cheap, im pretty sure this phone and the a151 are the best that mee offers)

balanced sound, still with good bass unlike the just as expenisve a151. super comfy due to the small size and ive only hear good things about them. joker gave them a 7/10 or something on sound quality which is a very high rating. if you want to save some of that credit, get the m6 which are better than the m9s, but you have to wear them over your ear

 

http://www.amazon.com/MEElectronics-M6-CL-Sound-Isolating-Headphones-Players/dp/B0038W0K2U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1319421730&sr=1-1

 

when i was in the market i asked joker what are the best phones for ~40 and he gave me this list:

In fact, I composed a list for someone a while back of the IEMs I'd buy for $40. It was

Brainwavz M1

MEElec CW31 or SP51 (if you can find the SP51 that cheap)

Soundmagic E10 or E30

Dunu Trident

 

Out of all of the <$40 IEMs I've heard these just blow everything else out of the water. The CW31 and M1 are balanced-sounding; the E30 is slightly bassy, the E10 and Tridents are quite bassy, and the SP51 has that tuning system so it can alternate

 

again since your budget is a little higher, the cc51 would be the best of the best

 


Edited by bmeat - 10/23/11 at 7:06pm
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Originally Posted by Cool8t View Post

 

Thanks for your input! However, I'm sorry if I made it seem like I am pro mids because I'd really prefer a well rounded and balanced sound. Unless someone suggest that my music interest is better suited with a stronger bass, mid, or treble. The 151s seem like a viable option, but because they are almost over budget, I'd only consider them if they are considerably better than the m6s or m9s. 

 



The 151's will probably be too analytical for your genre, even though that's a killer price.  The m9's sounded really, really bassy to me.  I had them and returned them in favor of the m6, which is more balanced with plenty of bass w/o being overwhelming.  I don't know what the m6 goes for nowadays, but for a long time they were on sale nearly everywhere for $13-18.  I think the MSRP is only $50 or so.  They're underpriced, IMHO. I definitely think they're better than the m9s, regardless of any price difference. You may want to look at those Soundmagics as well.  From what I've heard, they're real sleepers. But Meelctronics is first rate company and I definitely recommend them.

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Wow thanks for the quick and helpful replies everyone! From all of the information given, it seems like the Meelectronics CW31 are the most balanced and cheapest IEM for my budget. So I guess it's down to the Yuin PK3s and CW31s.

 

Does anyone have any input on the Yuin PK3s?

•How bad do they leak?

•Is the bass to weak for Hip-Hop?

•And would they sound good with Nujabes music (links in my first post)

 

Thanks.

post #10 of 16

theyre two completly different types of buds man. the mee will create a seal in your ear which helps the phones sound and keep out noise better. id just say go with the cx31

 

its really up to you though. do you want things sealed in your ear or sitting in there like the apple stock buds?

 

personally i think you will like the cx31, they dont go deep in your ear they sit on the outside but steal create a seal just like a senn cx300.  the cx31 sound amazing for their price, you will enjoy them

 

and also if your worried about them leaking, the yuir will leak a ton just becuase of the nature of their design. this will cause you to have to turn the voulme up a lot. if youre concered about bass playback just get a pair of cx300 for the same price

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-CX300-B-In-Ear-Stereo-Headphone/dp/B000E6G9RI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1319428048&sr=1-1

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MK-II-Earbuds-Carrying/dp/B001EZYMF4/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1319428136&sr=1-2


Edited by bmeat - 10/23/11 at 8:49pm
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Wow thanks for the quick and helpful replies everyone! From all of the information given, it seems like the Meelectronics CW31 are the most balanced and cheapest IEM for my budget. So I guess it's down to the Yuin PK3s and CW31s.

 

Does anyone have any input on the Yuin PK3s?

•How bad do they leak?

•Is the bass to weak for Hip-Hop?

•And would they sound good with Nujabes music (links in my first post)

 

Thanks.


I've owned several pairs of PK3's, but I'm giving up on them. They sound fantastic with plenty of bass (for my tastes anyway) after a bit of burn in and get better with the use of an amp. However, every pair has developed a loud buzzing after only a few months of regular use.

 

post #12 of 16

How in the hell the mee are SO EXPENSIVE on amazon.co.uk? we're talking about double the price... if not more. They're nearly 100 euros!


Edited by Nachash - 10/24/11 at 7:35am
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How in the hell the mee are SO EXPENSIVE on amazon.co.uk? we're talking about double the price... if not more. They're nearly 100 euros!



really? how much is it to ship from us to uk? i could try and help you out

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After some more research I've decided to go with IEMs as the Yuin PK3s are not very durable, have bad customer service, and don't isolate.

 

The Brainwavs are out because the M1s are sold out a.t.m. (I'm to impatient to wait =P)

 

The Soundmagics, Dunu Tridents, and Meelectronic M series are eliminated due to weak mids and too much bass.

 

So that means I'm done to the Meelectronic clarity series. 

 

The CX21s and CW31s are the cheapest versions: 

 

• The CX21s have a quick and "punchy" bass with sparkly highs and neither forward nor back mids.

• The CW31s have a more extended bass but is slower and has a softer impact, mids are similar but are warmer and sweeter, the highs roll of gently but less "sparkle"

 

The CC51s and A151s are the more expensive versions:

 

• The CC51s are very balanced with a slightly boomy bass and the trebles are a slight step back from the presentation. The CC51s excel in their warm and sweet sound signature)

• The A151s seem to be slightly mid forward (positive IMO) the bass is a tad bit slow and the treble is clean and highly detailed. Warm and sweet like the CC51s

 

I got this info from: http://www.head-fi.org/t/549816/review-meelectronics-cx21-cw31-cc51-and-a151

 

Okay so from the info it seems like the A151s are the most balanced and richest. However im not sure if I would be able to tell much difference between them and the cheaper clarity products. So I'm likely going for the CX21s or CW31s

 

IT seems like the CX21s are more balanced and detailed while the CW31s are warmer and smoother.

 

So for hip-hop music with emphasis on mid's with a substantial amount of bass and treble here and there which IEM would work the best! Thanks 

 

Edit: If I get the CX21s then i can get a case + LCD protector and KSC-75s for under $50!!! Does this sound like a good deal, i could use the ksc-75s for at home and i enjoy modding stuff.


Edited by Cool8t - 10/24/11 at 3:33pm
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really? how much is it to ship from us to uk? i could try and help you out



Thanks, but even if I order a pair from the us i still get charged with customs :(

at the end i found a pair of m6 at 30$, i needed a pair of iems since i couldn't stand a full pair anymore outside.

 

look, it's ridiculos!

A151

http://www.amazon.co.uk/MEElectronics-A151-BK-Balanced-Armature-Headpho/dp/B004OBZ2XQ/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1319535590&sr=1-10

http://www.amazon.com/MEElectronics-A151-BK-Balanced-Armature-Headphones/dp/B004OBZ2XQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319535606&sr=8-1

 

:( soon i will get it anyway, just to see if i get charged when they're in europe.

 

 


Edited by Nachash - 10/25/11 at 2:42am
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