I am looking for some IEM's to replace my much loved Yamaha EPH-100 that went through the washing machine.
I travel a lot so need something with excellent isolation for flying, I listen to mostly rock, country and even folkish music, but am quite eclectic and do listen to most genres. I also watch movies and TV on planes and whilst away. I like strong bass and hate sibilance. Budget is up to $150.
Whilst the sound of the Yamaha wasn't quite perfect I did grow to love them, the only nice to have would be a microphone and audio controls although this isn't a deal breaker.
I have just ordered some Sony MH1C on a whim to see what the hype is about. I also have some Vsonic GR02 bass edition which are great for the money but don't have the comfort, isolation or the 'spunk' of the Yamahas. I am also eyeing off Brainwavz M4 which are on special at the moment.
Any suggestions? Can the Sony's or M4 compare to the Yamahas?
Short answer, no. PFE122/HF3 for microphone use would be good. Something sort of similar sounding to the Yamahas was the FXD90.
Also hoping for some suggestions here - BIG thread and I've poked around a bit, done some searching and gotten lost more than once :)
For sound quality, I've really loved the Shure 500/535s that I've had - although I've sent them in for repair/replacement probably six times and they're a little tired of me by now. I've been waiting a couple of years for the Sleek Audio SA7s to come out, but that's (been) looking like vaporware for quite awhile now. Also thought about the Etymotic Research ER-4PT, but just don't know much about them other than what I've read (and don't know if I can run the cable over my ears)
1) The only place I really get to listen to good music is at the gym (very hectic schedule) and will often run on the treadmill for an hour or more - I prefer an over-ear cable (the 500c was great-535 not so much) - so it's got to be pretty rugged. I guess the Shures just couldn't handle it...
2) For music - usually good rock (Zeppelin, etc) as the gym is no place for classical.
3) Price range - $200-$400
-Fairly rugged/sturdy to stand up to my workout routine
Anything I've missed?
Appreciate any and all help - you're great for helping a stranger out!
The Etys slip off sometimes when the ears get sweaty. Isolation is probably too much for the gym as well, you might need the extra awareness. For rock, try the GR10, magical mids.