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IEMs with flat cable - $150 max budget for girlfriend

post #1 of 33
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She is not an audiophile, but she wants good sound and good design (flat cable highly preferred)

 

She loves the design of the Dr. Dre Beats Tour, so that purchase is the easy way out, however I am worried the bass might be too much for her. Maybe it won't be...

 

Must haves:

Good sound (bass is the most important)

Flat cable (not a must but highly preferred.. or replaceable cable so I can install a flat cable)

Good isolation

 

For reference, her previous pair was Shure se110 I believe. Any help is appreciated and I am not opposed to buying the Beats but if there is something better with a flat cable, I rather do that.

 


Edited by rage3324 - 12/13/11 at 10:06am
post #2 of 33

I'm not sure about flat cable but perhaps the shure se215?

post #3 of 33
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Originally Posted by Gorgatron View Post

I'm not sure about flat cable but perhaps the shure se215?



I am considering those. Is it possible to replace the cable on those for a flat cable?

post #4 of 33

The new xba series from sony have flat cables. Still no U.S. release date though.

 

edit: Also, why do you want flat cables?

post #5 of 33
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The new xba series from sony have flat cables. Still no U.S. release date though.

 

edit: Also, why do you want flat cables?



She does. She feels they are "tangle resistant" 

post #6 of 33

...then you might want to consider a braided cable. Braided cable also cuts down on microphonics (stethoscope-like cable noise).

 

Brainwavz B2 / DBA-02      

Meelectronics a151          

& anything by Westone

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She does. She feels they are "tangle resistant" 



 

post #7 of 33
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Are there headphones out there in this price range where I can replace the cable with a flat cable?

post #8 of 33

I don't know anyone who makes flat replacement cables. 

 

a-jays three/four are relatively inexpensive, and might meet her needs. 

post #9 of 33

One advice: don't buy the beats tour. They're overpriced and their sound quality is very bad. 

 

Also, a flat cable doesn't mean better built quality. Actually, I think it's the opposite most of the time. 

post #10 of 33
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One advice: don't buy the beats tour. They're overpriced and their sound quality is very bad. 

 

Also, a flat cable doesn't mean better built quality. Actually, I think it's the opposite most of the time. 



Trust me, I don't want to purchase the beats. No one ever said the flat cable had better quality, it just tends to be more tangle resistant. 

post #11 of 33

I have a pair of TDK BA100s on the way- they have a flat cable. It is an armature-based design that is suppose to have good quality bass, though I do not know about the quantity. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/584513/tdk-ba100-impressions-discussion-thread

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I have a pair of TDK BA100s on the way- they have a flat cable. It is an armature-based design that is suppose to have good quality bass, though I do not know about the quantity. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/584513/tdk-ba100-impressions-discussion-thread



I just quickly read that post and these headphones bass quantity is quite low. As most BA drivers, it's fast and tight, but you don't "feel" the bass as you do with some dynamic drivers. So if the most important part of the spectrum is the low end, I suggest you don't buy these.

 

Also, I agree that a flat cable is more tangle resistant, but I personally think this shouldn't be one of your main criterias when buying IEMs. Few IEMs have flat cables, so you eliminate many good options. SQ, comfort and durability are a lot more important to me. 

post #13 of 33
The JVC FXT90 and FX500 has deep textured bass with great mids, highs and wide soundstage(cables are also tangled free).
post #14 of 33

UE500 have flat cables and sound pretty good.

 

I hate flat cables though, they tangle MORE.

post #15 of 33

Like someone stated above, anything braided (Westone) is virtually impossible to tangle. I've had my UM3X for 3 years and the W4 for a month now and no matter how I twist, run, or sleep with them, they NEVER EVER tangle, not to mention, there's no microphonics either. 


Edited by kurosuto - 12/13/11 at 10:19pm
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