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Best IEMs for around 60$

post #1 of 16
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Hi guys,

this is my first post here. I'm sorry i know there's already lots of topics like this one here but there's just so many posts saying which ones are good that it's hard to pick one that would suit my needs..

 

So basically, I'm looking for a good IEM, but not one that costs too much and one that actually sounds good. I like bass but not too much of it and I like drums alot. And I like good slow songs, some hip hop, and listen to mostly rock otherwise. Actually I like all types of music as long as it's good.. and depends on the mood.

 

So yeah, i've got a budget of around 60$.. I was gonna buy the Brainwavz Beta at first cos they were cheap and I didn't wanna spend too much on them but then I said that I might as well buy good ones cos im only gonna buy em once. And yeah, I'll spend more if it's worth it.

 

The best IEMs that i've ever owned were the JVC marshmallow ones.. I loved their sound and fit but they broke ages ago and then I got 5$ sony earphones which suck. So please also tell me whether the iems you suggest would be a great step up from the jvc ones or not..

 

Thanks to everyone that posts, all help is appreciated. And sorry for the bad english, not my first language. Hope I get some posts, would be embarrassing otherwise... Took long to type all of this. :P


Edited by funnyjoke - 11/1/11 at 12:58pm
post #2 of 16

Hi funnyjoke,

 

Well, i am not an audiophile and i also don't have good headphones at all. But i am a good shopper and internet seeker :) And i am at the process of searhing for a good headphone just like yourself. Our music tastes are also similar.

 

So what i had find out so far is that Klipsch S4 may be a really good choise for you. I have heard lots of good things about it and everybody agrees that it is definately NOT expensive for the sound quality.

 

Hope this helps you :)

post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by muratdeveli View Post

Hi funnyjoke,

 

Well, i am not an audiophile and i also don't have good headphones at all. But i am a good shopper and internet seeker :) And i am at the process of searhing for a good headphone just like yourself. Our music tastes are also similar.

 

So what i had find out so far is that Klipsch S4 may be a really good choise for you. I have heard lots of good things about it and everybody agrees that it is definately NOT expensive for the sound quality.

 

Hope this helps you :)

 

Hey, thanks alot for posting. :) Yeah, I'm not an audiophile either, just like to listen to music when I have the time. I checked those IEMs out and they look good enough. How good would they be when compared to ones like the Brainwavz M2? And would they really be a huge improvement over the $20 JVC Marshmallows that I previously owned? Thanks again!
 

 

post #4 of 16

I paid about $60 for my Etymotic Research ER-6i's about 5 years ago. They are discontinued, but I'm certain ER makes a more current version. Check their website and Amazon.com - they are terrific.

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I paid about $60 for my Etymotic Research ER-6i's about 5 years ago. They are discontinued, but I'm certain ER makes a more current version. Check their website and Amazon.com - they are terrific.



 

 

I found ones that cost 69.99 at amazon but they've got 3.5 stars so I don't know if they'd be good. Well, I'm not good with choices and reading reviews which is why i'm asking you guys to tell me which ones i should get..

post #6 of 16
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I found ones that cost 69.99 at amazon but they've got 3.5 stars so I don't know if they'd be good. Well, I'm not good with choices and reading reviews which is why i'm asking you guys to tell me which ones i should get..



Most negative comments about Etymotic Research IEM's are from people who find them lacking in bass or find them uncomfortable. Well, the bass is "accurate," but a lot of people are so accustomed to listening to bloated bass that the ER's sound light by comparison. I myself fall victim to this sometimes and with some music, I do EQ my iPod with "Bass Booster."

 

As far as comfort goes, well some people just hate having a plug in their ear. Nothing you can do about that.

 

If you think you will want an IEM with strong bass reproduction, then stay away from Etymotic Research. You can find plenty of IEM "shootouts" here to get a better idea of how they will sound.

post #7 of 16

Perhaps you should join me in preordering the Brainwavz M4?

post #8 of 16
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i would if i knew how good they were :[

 

Are the M2s any good? How would they compare to the JVC Marshmallows if anyone's tried them both before? I've got 5 days left guys, please reply if you can. Thx

post #9 of 16

if your in the US, refurbished Monster Turbines from Monster themselves for 50 bucks

post #10 of 16

M2 are a fun earphone which do one thing well - they take you to the dizzying aural intensity of a club, with a big, fun, impactful bass, they place you right in the middle of the sound. For electronic music, contemporary r&b, hip hop, these are fantastic. The bass bloats over the mids, they are quite coloured, headstage isn't great, so for anything sounding remotely like a live performance they're not the best choice. I much prefer Beta v2 to M2 because being quite neutral they sound very good with any music, although I'll still get the M2s out sometimes for the right music. If I had less broad music tastes the M2 could be fantastic. The Beta v2 punches above it's weight.

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Originally Posted by muratdeveli View Post

So what i had find out so far is that Klipsch S4 may be a really good choise for you. I have heard lots of good things about it and everybody agrees that it is definately NOT expensive for the sound quality.



Avoid the S4 at all costs. It's overpriced with bloated bass and harsh highs.

post #12 of 16
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I was actually thinking of going for the S4s.. Won't now i guess.

 

How are the M1s compared to the M2s?

post #13 of 16

I guess you can start from your favorite music. What do you listen to most of the time. I own Brainwavz M2, and I have found them highly enjoyable.. for the general music, however if you into classic, or opera I would not recommend the iems. 

 

I do not own an M1 iem therefore I can't compare them. But as you said you are not an audiophile, just a guy who enjoys his music. I can safely say you should not be disappointed with M2. 

 

However, if you want a budget Iem that can cover quite a lot range of music, as lecky said above, the brainwavz beta v2 does it quite well. I own the beta iem as well tho it lacking bass compared to m2. But if u need bass and not exactly a basshead at the same time.. M2 is the way to go. 

 

hope i won't confuse you even more :D

 

 

 

post #14 of 16
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I guess you can start from your favorite music. What do you listen to most of the time. I own Brainwavz M2, and I have found them highly enjoyable.. for the general music, however if you into classic, or opera I would not recommend the iems. 

 

I do not own an M1 iem therefore I can't compare them. But as you said you are not an audiophile, just a guy who enjoys his music. I can safely say you should not be disappointed with M2. 

 

However, if you want a budget Iem that can cover quite a lot range of music, as lecky said above, the brainwavz beta v2 does it quite well. I own the beta iem as well tho it lacking bass compared to m2. But if u need bass and not exactly a basshead at the same time.. M2 is the way to go. 

 

hope i won't confuse you even more :D

 

 

 

 

Awesome man, thanks for the reply! Yeah, I listen to anything but Classic and Opera.. Was thinking of buying the M2s but wasn't sure, but I am now. :D Thanks to you.

 

post #15 of 16

Heck, I have the S4 and I like 'em. Almost as good as my Pannie HJE900s. I've had mine for almost a year. If they bite the dust, I'll buy another pair.

 

Opinions are like ears I guess... we all have a couple....

 

Good luck on your search,

 

Gawain

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