big surprise, I only ended up in this thread because I was reading another one where people were recommending +$100 earphones to the OP even though 100 was his limit, they were even arguing amongst eachother what is better. Among all the pages was a single post linking to this thread, the poster talked about the effectiveness of an EQ and the sub $10 Philips he was using and it rung a bell for me since I've gone down this same path before when assembling my HT, which BTW sounds awesome for the price I paid for it, no $1000 pure silver speaker cable on "risers" included LOL. Anyway how many responses do you think this poster got in that thread? The answer is 0, completely ignored which is pretty funny. Audiophiles are suckers and businesses are more than happy to give them something to suck on for a certain price. I could go on and on, touching topics such as "burn in" etc.. but I don't care, people are free to do what they want if it makes them happy, Head-Fi has been quite usefull to me especially with members such as Dsnuts who can swallow the harsh pill and recognize quality even if it doesn't cost $500. Not that super expensive gear isn't good or better in many cases but my point is in general, consumers (audiophiles included), are not engineers and logic doesn't really play a huge part in their choices, usually it's the opposite as expensive correlates with better in most our minds when we can't back anything up with real science.
I'm going to pick up some JVC today, granted they're in stock at the store, and I'll see how they stack up to the 2x more expensive Nuforce (which were supposed to be a bargain according to Head-Fi to begin with).
Cheers Dsnuts! You should change the thread title to something reflecting the nature of what you are doing here, ie. "The awesome IEMs at bargain prices thread" :) .. and maybe update the first post with a list of the ones you've found. Many countries will not have the same gear available but they will have at least some of them, so everyone could find a budget IEM for themselves that way.
Agreed, This thread is an evolving one and I am in the process of changing it as we go along. A work in progress for sure..I think headfier's for the most part know that whatever I post for a thread on headfi means they have a certain value criteria for me. If it don't have a great value at the price, it is simple with me. It just don't get a thread. There are plenty of expensive stuff people can read about all day long here at headfi and I remember being ridiculed from some headfiers for doing a thread based on a $7.11 Mp 8320. Lol..These threads shouldn't be about this cheap stuff was the point.
If you guys think about it, who uses their $800 customs while doing your yard work, play or working out..? I certainly wouldn't.. For the most part we all want to believe that we will get a certain sound quality level with the amount of money we all pay but for me I don't look at it that way.. I get just as much enjoyment listening to my cheapos as I do my much more expensive stuff. I base these finds on sound first but hey if it cost $16 what can you say about that. Who says you can't do your yard work, play or work out and not have great sound.?
I don't know exactly how I find these gems. I have my scouts..Jant71..Lol. but I am lucky that way I suppose. Even though I go through a lot of turds. It is all worth it to find something like these new JVCs. All I am doing is sharing what I find with friends that would probably appreciate a break from not getting much for your money to getting the opposite. I think I was hated as much as liked when I first joined this community and people I think can see me for what I do now. These cheapos are for everyone and not just for the guys that can afford a 8 driver custom iem..That to me makes more sense than anything. I have heard and own many of the more expensive stuff on these threads and many times I wonder why I bought them. They cost so much more than these cheapos yet don't necessarily throw out that much better sound quality. To me if it sounds good and cost $7.11 to $300. It better have some solid value and quality at that price.
Another role of these cheaper fantastic sounding earphones for the serious music lover..If you guys want to look good among your friends and loved ones and want to start them on the path to good sound..Just throw them one of these JVCs. Not only will you smile as you can actually surprise them with a new box in a favorite color no doubt but I can certainly guarantee they have never heard sound this good from the other cheapo stuff they was using before.. That to me is a sign of a true audiophile..It should be about the sound first, but also happens to be a huge smile inducing bonus that you only spent $16 on them. Lol!
Edited by Dsnuts - 5/20/12 at 2:51pm