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post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 

hi, im looking for a pair of iem's for rock music that are under 200 dollars, but it would be great if they were under 150. i have listened to the grado sr60 and sr80, and i loved the sound they produced. the problem is that they are a little too big to be used as my portable and they dont provide noise isolation. i have been doing some research and i am under the impression that the etymotic hf5 and the klipsch x10 (dont kill me on the spelling) are the top choices, but i want to know which one is better or if their are better options out their, that fit my needs.

 

 

post #2 of 35

Both the Etymotic hf5 and Klipsch x10 are decent options but I think you should also consider HiFiMan RE-262's (which, according to joker, > hf5) and Shure earbuds, specifically SE 315's. This is kinda a wildcard (I haven't heard them before) but Logitech Triple.fi 10's are $170 on Amazon right now.

post #3 of 35
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thank you for the quick reply. i'll check into the 262's, but i thought the triple-fi 10 had recessed mids and (correct me if im wrong) i thought rock was a genre that is based around instruments in the mid-range.

post #4 of 35

You do have a point about the recessed mid-range... Hm... Guess you could also consider Vsonic GR07's although really I think HF5's are good enough.

post #5 of 35
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the gr07 is getting highly praised in reviews, but is it worth the extra 30 dollars more than the re-262 and hf5?

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Originally Posted by qwerty99 View Post

the gr07 is getting highly praised in reviews, but is it worth the extra 30 dollars more than the re-262 and hf5?



Hey qwerty. I own the GR07, and I find it quite good for all genres (I listen to 46 genres). From what I've gathered about the re262, it needs an amp to even sound on the level (or better) of the GR07. You can't go wrong with it.

post #7 of 35

The whole recessed mids problem is only if you're used to really forward mids. And I mean the "in your face" mids. To some, the TF10 certainly does not sound mid recessed when compared to ATH M50 and D2000, and it certainly does not sound like that to my ears. I guess it depends on what you're coming from and what you're expecting so...YMMV.

TripleFi 10s can also be had for lower than $170 if you're willing to look at eBay; with some luck, you can find'em for ~$120 new without bidding. The only problem might be the fit but you can usually get around that with the flip mod and making sure the cable is hanging to your ear tightly.

post #8 of 35
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Originally Posted by Byakushiki View Post

The whole recessed mids problem is only if you're used to really forward mids. And I mean the "in your face" mids. To some, the TF10 certainly does not sound mid recessed when compared to ATH M50 and D2000, and it certainly does not sound like that to my ears. I guess it depends on what you're coming from and what you're expecting so...YMMV.

TripleFi 10s can also be had for lower than $170 if you're willing to look at eBay; with some luck, you can find'em for ~$120 new without bidding. The only problem might be the fit but you can usually get around that with the flip mod and making sure the cable is hanging to your ear tightly.

 

I disagree. I've heard many different iems, and the TF10's mids are far below what I'd call neutral (Shures are the opposite). A lot of instruments just don't sound right on it, and on top of that is the fact that it has a metallic sheen over the music with the stock cable.
 

 

post #9 of 35
Thread Starter 

so right now this is what the rankings are:

1) gr07

2)hf5

3)re-262

4)triple-fi10

 

i did not include the klipsch x10 because nobody has recomended that

 

if their are any more recomendations i would love to hear them.

 

post #10 of 35

EX600 and FXT90 are some more options. The EX600s are more neutral than the others, which may make it sound a bit boring, while the FXT90s are supposed to be very forward and great for rock.

post #11 of 35
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EX600 and FXT90 are some more options. The EX600s are more neutral than the others, which may make it sound a bit boring, while the FXT90s are supposed to be very forward and great for rock.


I think the OP is looking for isolation. While the FXT90 isn't exactly the most isolating, the EX600 doesn't at all. 

 

post #12 of 35

So you're saying the EX600 doesn't provide any isolation at all?

 

Wrong.
 

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I think the OP is looking for isolation. While the FXT90 isn't exactly the most isolating, the EX600 doesn't at all. 

 



 

post #13 of 35
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So you're saying the EX600 doesn't provide any isolation at all?

 

Wrong.
 

 


Sorry, I meant to say that it provides very little isolation. My FX700 is still worse in that regard. 

 

post #14 of 35
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I think the OP is looking for isolation. While the FXT90 isn't exactly the most isolating, the EX600 doesn't at all. 

 


True, I guess I sort of forgot about that. However, I think any of them would still be usable, at least compared to the grados.

post #15 of 35
My vote would be for vsonic gro7 or the tf10s. Vsonic neutral but fast.
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