My old Sennheiser CX-300 II broke down and after weeks of reading articles, tests and reviews I had finally narrowed down my choices for its replacement. I was going for the Soundmagic E10 or the Xears TD-III. The E10's go for 32 euros ($38). But I just got an email from someone over at Xears offering me half price on the new TD4's: 50 euros ($68).
This presents kind of a dilemma. I read this topic (everybody looking for new headphones should) http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-214-iems-compared-jvc-ha-fxt90-and-ha-fx500-added-1-8-12
Since there is no review of the TD4, I'll just assume that it's not very different from the TD-III. The TD-III has a better sound quality rating than the E10 does, but I wonder if it really would make a lot of difference in day to day life? Coming from a CX-300 II, both will probably sound great. Build quality is also important, since I plan on using them a lot outdoors. It seems that Soundmagic wins when it comes to build quality.
I read that a few people have had problems with the Xears breaking down, having driver issues etc. I haven't really found anything bad on the Soundmagics. Xears proved to be really great in sending replacements, but I also read that even the replacements broke down sometimes. That kind of worries me though.
My question is, will the price difference justify the (apparantly better) soundquality of the new Xears TD4 over the Soundmagic E10? I've had 3 sets of Sennheiser CX-300 II's that had cable issues after about 6 months. This time I'd like to be able to use my new headphones for at least a year or so. ;-)
Thanks in advance for your reply.