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Sound Isolating Earphones for $50 or so

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I do most of my listening on an Ipod on a commuter train or subway.  I typically listen to podcasts and music that won't particularly stretch a decent set of earphones (e.g. rock but not the crazy thumping bass hairband kind).  For a few years, I used Senn CX300's, but they kept breaking.  I broke down and reading CNET bought Klipsch S4's about a year ago, which sounded pretty good, were only ok on sound isolation, but I managed to break them too (it was my fault - the cord got caught and ripped).  I was going to buy another set, but (being worried about spending $80 on another set that was likely to break), I jumped on here to see if there was an equivalent option that may not be $80....

 

In my long-winded way, I'm looking for suggestions of earphones likely available in the US that will be strong on sound isolation and in the mid range, without bass that I don't necessarily need.  Looking around here, I see a bunch of decent $30-$50 suggestions (some of which aren't readily available in the US like the DUNU Trident).  Could you folks weigh in on a good set of headphones that will be strong in sound isolation, relatively sturdy, have good quality sound (but not audiophile, obviously), for the $30-$50 price point?

 

 

post #2 of 14

I have a new pair of DUNU Ares for sale and it sounds like your requirements will be met by these. You can have a look here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/579347/bargain-dunu-crius-and-dunu-ares-as-new-free-worldwide-postage

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

The reviews I've read say that sound isolation is only average.

post #4 of 14

Etymotic MC5 isolates very well and is only around $59.

post #5 of 14

Etymotic EtyKids are around 50 bucks if you want isolation.

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Any other suggestions?

post #7 of 14
+2 on the Ety mc5
post #8 of 14

Etys? You guys are crazy, this guy likes the bass out of S4 and CX400. If he was looking for Etys he would have been commenting on bloat and overshadowed mids.

 

My recommendation would be Shure SE215, if you can justify $100 based on superb build quality, good warranty, and replaceable cables = likely owning them for a real long time. The midrange is forward and presented very well IMO, the bass is emphasized but hardly excessive or basshead-level, and the treble is passable. Isolation is as good as it gets for universals short of Etymotics; more than sufficient for my subway commute.


Edited by Gilly87 - 1/23/12 at 5:28pm
post #9 of 14

If you really want to save money and get good sound, check out MEElectronics M6. $20 for good sound


Edited by Gilly87 - 1/23/12 at 5:31pm
post #10 of 14

You may have already seen this but I think it would be very useful to you:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-214-iems-compared-jvc-ha-fxt90-and-ha-fx500-added-1-8-12#post_6492048

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Gilly87 View Post

Etys? You guys are crazy, this guy likes the bass out of S4 and CX400. If he was looking for Etys he would have been commenting on bloat and overshadowed mids.

 

 



Re-read the OP. On the subway he won't even be able to hear bass from any IEM that doesn't isolate really well. Ety is unbeatable in that department.

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

I'm trying to stay away from IEM's, actually (using the definitions here).  I've tried a couple for comfort, not sound, and find it distracting to walk around with them shoved in my ear.  I like the earbud style better, knowing that the isolation won't be as good.  The S4 was almost good enough there with their standard tips, and I am sure Comply tips would have made them even better (I hadn't gotten around to buying them before I broke the S4).

 

post #13 of 14


Reread my post. the SE215 isolates nearly as wel and, as per my experience, definitely allows bass to be fuly audible even on a noisy subway. If he has ever used the S4 or CX300 outside the subway, he will be severely let down by anything Etymotic. Conversly, if he is willing to shell out for the SE215, he will get everything he wamts and is used to.w

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Re-read the OP. On the subway he won't even be able to hear bass from any IEM that doesn't isolate really well. Ety is unbeatable in that department.



 

post #14 of 14

Oh, no iems. Well etys are out as are Shures...

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