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post #1411 of 5343
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Originally Posted by SonicScientist View Post


Uptowns mostly catched my eye because I could buy them now for about the same price I got Downtowns half an year earlier. I was a bit unclear, but I don't need neither absolute clarity nor turbofast cans. Some records like Lapko's discography just deteriorates into cacophony of barely distinguishable instruments. I don't know how to describe it, but on HM5 for example they sound fine. I mentioned rock because I know you can't find good jacks of all trades for this price, but this should give some insight on my taste.

I will check out the KNS8400, but on the first sight the headband seems to be the type that makes your head look three times bigger. That's the look I try to avoid. Also HD25 and DT1350 are on my 'will get someday' -list, but as a student it feels like I could use those 200e more wisely.

Ya check them out. I think your ears will be so happy you won't care what you look like.

The uptowns to me are a great sounding headphone that do have their flaws. Specifically the fact you are missing some detail in the mids but at the same time somehow they don't sound muffled or too laid back. For the money they are great. I can't get that link to play on my ipad but I can't see having the problem you described with those. If you have access to them for cheap they are well worth it. If they don't work out they can easily be re-sold to a non audiophile friend since most people will find them to sound great.
post #1412 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post

The JVC S400 is about as good of a portable as you can find out there for $20 to $25. I have never heard another headphone as good in that price range. I have heard worse that cost much more however.
The JVC S500 is an import from Japan so i am sure you can get it in your country. It will cost you about $75 to import. I have no idea what brazilian customs is like.
The Philips Uptown has been available in the US for $65 including shipping for about 2 months now. It is worth looking for in your country on special.
The other headphone that you should consider is the on ear version of the Philips DOWNTOWN which has been $40 dollars in the US for as long as i have known about them from different sources. It seems like something mass produced enough that you might be able to locate in your region.
If you have read up on the Senny's and you like the reviews, there is no real need to repeat a review here.
All of the above minus the Senny's are in my thread here.
Each one of them has a link to another dedicated thread where you can read up on various reactions and impressions.
Good luck.

But what do you think it's the better choice between them ?

My location is not the problem, I can get them from US without any problem and can get from Japan too (if shipping is available), but I can't decide between those ones.

Don't know if I should go for the Sennheiser, Philips Strech, Downtown or Uptown, JVC's HA-S400 or HA-S500... frown.gif

Need a light out here :x
post #1413 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Trops View Post

But what do you think it's the better choice between them ?
My location is not the problem, I can get them from US without any problem and can get from Japan too (if shipping is available), but I can't decide between those ones.
Don't know if I should go for the Sennheiser, Philips Strech, Downtown or Uptown, JVC's HA-S400 or HA-S500... frown.gif
Need a light out here :x

You are asking me to make the decision for you. I provided you that link so you can visit all those dedicated threads to inform yourself about them.

All I can say is out of the choices, if you made me choose I would take the S500 or the Uptowns and you can see on my thread I linked which of those two I even prefer. That is just my personal preference any YMMV.
post #1414 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Calamity15 View Post

Hi, newbie here looking to buy some new IEM since I broke another set.

 

Some info:

 

  • I mostly listen to hip-hop/rap.
  • Budget $100
  • Will use these in the gym, running, and cycling so they need to stay in my ear, be comfortable etc. 
  • But at the same time I will use them for casual listing
  • Need to be durable because I break way too many buds in the gym
  • Some noise cancelation would be nice
  • Controls/Mic that work with android a plus
  • I'm not a huge audiophile, so I won't be able to tell the difference between most nice IEM's.

 

I was thinking about getting two sets, one for just working out and another for casual listing, but I will still need to fit both into the $100 budget.

 

I was thinking of buying them from amazon, and I don't mind getting them used to save money. 

Any help is greatly appreciated.

I looked around and found a few IEM's that looked interesting, but I don't know how durable they are or how they perform. Still haven't decided if I should go with one set for working our and regular use or two different ones. Any help would be great.

 

option 1: MEElectronics Sport Fi S6 for working out about $40 and Klipsch S4a also for about $40, but used

option 2: Bose IE2 for $90 as my only set

option 3: Monster iSport livesport for $75 as my only set

 

I'm pretty sure these aren't best choices for me, but this is what I found after about an hour of searching.  

post #1415 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Calamity15 View Post

I looked around and found a few IEM's that looked interesting, but I don't know how durable they are or how they perform. Still haven't decided if I should go with one set for working our and regular use or two different ones. Any help would be great.

option 1: MEElectronics Sport Fi S6 for working out about $40 and Klipsch S4a also for about $40, but used
option 2: Bose IE2 for $90 as my only set
option 3: Monster iSport livesport for $75 as my only set

I'm pretty sure these aren't best choices for me, but this is what I found after about an hour of searching.  

My experience:

The first version of the Bose IE is one of the worst things I have put in my ears. I hear the newer one is an improvement but they certainly are nowhere near a $90 dollar value.

The MEE I have not heard but I got a pair of M6 for free. They WERE the worst thing I even put in my ears (okay maybe an exaggeration). I couldn't even offload them for 10 dollars on ebay.

I have heard only a few monster products that I like but I have not heard those.


I would recommend something like the $19 FX40 + $15 Comply T400 tips for working out. They are so light that with the foam they never come out of your ears.

Then try the Sony MH1 for casual listening for 30 bucks.
post #1416 of 5343

Oops, I'm not sure how I manged to overlook this thread and make a new one about buying in-ear headphones. Silly yet pretty annoying mistake. I'm terribly sorry.

 

 

And speking of buying headphones.

 

Hi there, I'm looking for a new pair of in-ear headphones. As I am a student my budget is indeed limited. I'm not an audiophile, but I'd like to get ones with a "decent" (I know, I know, but decent for the price, that is) quality of sound.

My music preferences are pretty varied. Rock, pop, jazz, blues, swing, movie/games soundtracks, and much more. As I woudln't mind to have a good bass while listening to for example Hey Joe, I also really woudln't like to have an overpowered, booming bass drowning out the rest of the song (and I'm not a "basshead" type).

I just need some sort of all-arounders, well-rounded (when it comes to sound) headphones that would work nicely for most of music genres (as I said before, I'm not an audiophile, so it probably won't take too much to impress me).

 

It would be nice if these were quite comfortable to wear of course.
Sound isolation is really important for me, as I'm going to use these mainly (but not only) outdoors, on a daily basis so yea..
Oh, and the crucial thing - durability. I need them to be as durable as possible (jack connector, cable, overall build quality, etc). I need them to last long, even under "pretty heavy" usage.

I did some research, found many headphones to choose from, but lastly I was left with these two - M9 and HAFX1X. And I have no idea which one should I get. These seem to fit my requirements pretty nicely thou. 

I was also wondering about Jlabs Jbuds J4. These look extremly durable,  but I don't know if they're worth paying more for. I'm also concerned with the comfort issues. 

I would be really grateful if you could help me to choose (or maybe sugest yet another pair of in-ear headphones?), as I don't have too much expriance in this area :)

post #1417 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post


My experience:
The first version of the Bose IE is one of the worst things I have put in my ears. I hear the newer one is an improvement but they certainly are nowhere near a $90 dollar value.
The MEE I have not heard but I got a pair of M6 for free. They WERE the worst thing I even put in my ears (okay maybe an exaggeration). I couldn't even offload them for 10 dollars on ebay.
I have heard only a few monster products that I like but I have not heard those.
I would recommend something like the $19 FX40 + $15 Comply T400 tips for working out. They are so light that with the foam they never come out of your ears.
Then try the Sony MH1 for casual listening for 30 bucks.

My main concern about headphones I workout in is durability and noise cancellation. A lot of guys in my gym use the Bose and seem to like them, but I don't know if they will last long. How is the durability of the FX40? I'm really tired of spending $25 for headphones every 2-3 months.

post #1418 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Calamity15 View Post

My main concern about headphones I workout in is durability and noise cancellation. A lot of guys in my gym use the Bose and seem to like them, but I don't know if they will last long. How is the durability of the FX40? I'm really tired of spending $25 for headphones every 2-3 months.

I have never heard of any build problems with the JVC and there are a lot of guys on head fi who picked them up. They have lasted me and I have given the cable a couple of yanks. I mean just put them in your shirt and take care of them. Any IEM is going to break if you yank the cable out, it doesn't really matter what kind you get. The cable is well made enough that it doesn't start to break internally from normal use. it is better to break a $20 pair that sounds good than a $100 dollar par that sounds ok.

In terms of isolation it will be BETTER with the JVC and the comply tips. Foam is one of the best sound isolation tips and they stay put. Nice and snugly.
post #1419 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post

You are asking me to make the decision for you. I provided you that link so you can visit all those dedicated threads to inform yourself about them.
All I can say is out of the choices, if you made me choose I would take the S500 or the Uptowns and you can see on my thread I linked which of those two I even prefer. That is just my personal preference any YMMV.
Yeah, ty again bro.

I'm thinking about the S500, 'cause of the lack o portability of those Uptowns. I've found them at around 70 dollars, but for that price I can get that S500 already shipped to me.

Do you thinkg I should think of another one besides them ?

I'm about to buy it *-*
post #1420 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Trops View Post

Yeah, ty again bro.
I'm thinking about the S500, 'cause of the lack o portability of those Uptowns. I've found them at around 70 dollars, but for that price I can get that S500 already shipped to me.
Do you thinkg I should think of another one besides them ?
I'm about to buy it *-*

They are real nice for the money for sure and it is true, they do fold nicely for portability. Might as well.

Besides, you have already made the mistake of joining head-fi, so you WILL buy more biggrin.gif
post #1421 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Trops View Post

Yeah, ty again bro.
I'm thinking about the S500, 'cause of the lack o portability of those Uptowns. I've found them at around 70 dollars, but for that price I can get that S500 already shipped to me.
Do you thinkg I should think of another one besides them ?
I'm about to buy it *-*

 

I'm sure you've read the S500 thread. I've got them, and they really are great. The sound signature became perfect for me when I also got the ath pleather pads ($13) to go along with them. That's part of the fun with them though - there are so many easy mods that can be made with them that change the sound quite a bit.


Edited by waynes world - 11/21/12 at 8:21pm
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I fall asleep for one day, and this is what I get...Sorry, Doc! Now you know how I feel!

 

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Originally Posted by Blue Sapphire View Post

Oops, I'm not sure how I manged to overlook this thread and make a new one about buying in-ear headphones. Silly yet pretty annoying mistake. I'm terribly sorry.

 

 

And speking of buying headphones.

 

Hi there, I'm looking for a new pair of in-ear headphones. As I am a student my budget is indeed limited. I'm not an audiophile, but I'd like to get ones with a "decent" (I know, I know, but decent for the price, that is) quality of sound.

My music preferences are pretty varied. Rock, pop, jazz, blues, swing, movie/games soundtracks, and much more. As I woudln't mind to have a good bass while listening to for example Hey Joe, I also really woudln't like to have an overpowered, booming bass drowning out the rest of the song (and I'm not a "basshead" type).

I just need some sort of all-arounders, well-rounded (when it comes to sound) headphones that would work nicely for most of music genres (as I said before, I'm not an audiophile, so it probably won't take too much to impress me).

 

It would be nice if these were quite comfortable to wear of course.
Sound isolation is really important for me, as I'm going to use these mainly (but not only) outdoors, on a daily basis so yea..
Oh, and the crucial thing - durability. I need them to be as durable as possible (jack connector, cable, overall build quality, etc). I need them to last long, even under "pretty heavy" usage.

I did some research, found many headphones to choose from, but lastly I was left with these two - M9 and HAFX1X. And I have no idea which one should I get. These seem to fit my requirements pretty nicely thou. 

I was also wondering about Jlabs Jbuds J4. These look extremly durable,  but I don't know if they're worth paying more for. I'm also concerned with the comfort issues. 

I would be really grateful if you could help me to choose (or maybe sugest yet another pair of in-ear headphones?), as I don't have too much expriance in this area :)

 

Sorry, can't find a budget up there. Since you mentioned the M9/HAFX1X, I'm assuming 20-40. In that case, the MH1C (warm, do-no-wrong sound), Soundmagic E30 (very balanced), VSonic GR99 (haven't heard, but people claim them to be very good for the buck, look into them if you can), or any of the DUNU stuff at that price if you prioritize build quality. 

 
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Originally Posted by beancounter0 View Post

Another “which cans for teen daughter” question…

 

My daughter is tired of crummy earbuds, and wants a set of real headphones.  She likes the V-Moda one friend has (does not know model, friend said >$200); she hates the Bose and Beats most kids have. 

 

Her self-imposed spending limit is $100 (she is trying to be frugal), but $150 is fine.  Things she (and I) are looking for:

 

 - on-ear or over-ear

- some isolation, but not 100% (walking outdoors)

 - sound quality is more important to her than style, as long as they don’t make her look like a total dork. She has grown up good stereo system at home

 - she listens to a wide variety if genres; while she likes bass (she’s a kid), these cans will have to do Mozart and big band too

 - should fold up for backpack/bookbag/purse. 

 - durable, detachable cable is a must, she is simply brutal on cables.  A termination I could DIY would be great. 

 - most use will be with iPhone or iPod, but I will build her a headamp (super-simple 6DJ8 hybrid DIY project). 

 

Anything meeting the above that’s a killer Black Friday deal would be great, too smile.gif

 

Sounds like the V-Moda M80s! They go on sale for around $150 sometimes, so watch out during Black Friday. Foldable, the cables can withstand millions of bends or something (search for Vmoda cable on youtube) and are detachable. Vented, so the isolation isn't that good, but it's average/above average. If ER4s were 10/10, they'd be 6-7/10. The AKG K181/518/618(haven't heard this one) might work as well. 

 

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Originally Posted by HelpWanted View Post

Hey guys.  Just signed up here after looking around other forums to see which ones are the most helpful in terms of advice.  Hope you guys can be of assistence.

 

I know very little about headphones, hence why I'm here.  My maximum budget is $90, though feel free to suggest something slightly more in the hopes it goes on sale tomorrow :).  If it helps, I listen to a lot of metal and a lot of electronic music, so I assume something in the below 20hz to 22khz with a decent driver would be optimal...but again, I don't know much about headphones lol. I'll be using it primarily for music and video obviously, but I'm going to need either a mic already attached or a way to attach a mic to them because I do use chat protocals.  An added, if completely unnecessary bonus because I don't game very much if at all would be if they're 360 compatible (for mic purposes), but don't worry whatsoever about that part.  That it to say...don't feel the need to recommend me a gaming headset.  From what I can tell they often offer poor music quality.

 

 

Also I am a Canadian, so it would be very helpful if anything recommended is easily accessable at a vendor available to Canadians.   canadacomputers would be optimal to buy from because I really do enjoy buying various products from them and they have a fairly wide selection, though of course you can go for the big guys like your best buys and your futureshops.  Thanks so much!

 

Frequency response figures don't really matter, not like most people can hear properly above 18kHz. Still confused on whether you want IEMs or cans. If you're in the Vancouver area, check out Headphone Bar. If you're in Montreal...oh boy. The other provinces don't matter to me tongue.gif. Canadacomputers can be a bit too overpriced for headphones, but if you find a sale, that'd be pretty decent. 

For IEMs, try the PFE022, has a mic, good for all genres, extremely balanced. For full-sized, the Downtowns (Winners has them at times) have mic/remote, good sound, and are right under your budget.

post #1423 of 5343
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Originally Posted by version6 View Post

Newbie here. Well, Am upgrading from my Soundmagic E30. listen to metal and prog rock and find the E30 to be lacking. Dosent make me headbang :( Hope to have more kick in the guitar riffs. 

 

is that because of lack of mids or bass? kindly answer.

 

My budget is around 100$. Jus saw the the discounted Brainwavz B2 - 109$ v/s Rockit- R50 118$.

 

I have been recommended the Rockit R-50 by many. did not find any comparisons with the B2. Any diff in sound sig between the two? Which will be more suited for Opeth and Floyd ?

 

is the discounted B2 great value ?

 

Any advice would be appreciated. 

 

Might be because of the bass-light nature. If that's the case, the B2 won't be up your alley - one of the more bass-light phones I've heard. The Rockits are very good. The SE215 are amazing for metal though. Coming from a fellow Opeth fan, they just sound amazing for the price. 

 

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Originally Posted by Malakei View Post

Hey guys I'm looking to grab @ new set of iems for the gym. I've typically been using UE super fis
, pheonak pfes or the zune buds. would like to find something with 2 things in mind. #1 good clean bass, #2 good non tangling cables. Budget is about 100, or possible trade for my pair of mint Paradigm Studio 20s v2. I realize that's potentially large variable in budget so fir now lets keep the budget around 100 and. assume that I wont find a trade.

 

Doesn't the Zune buds' cables tangle a lot? The sound doesn't compare to the PFE012 (assuming that's the model you refer to from your budget). Not a Phonak shill (although they pretty much fit all your requirement and then some), so I'm going to suggest the HF5 for clean bass. 

 

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Originally Posted by nayakkiranraj View Post

 

Thanks For the suggestion !

 

After some reading, I am also narrowing down towards GR07. I have two questions here

  • Should I buy GR07 MK2 or GR07 Bass ?
  • How light Vocals sound in GR07 ?

 

Thanks,

Kiran

 

The GR07...Bass? I think you mean to say the GR02 Bass (completely different model, different price, different tier). The MK2 has the new accessories and a silver cable or something. Most sell the MK2 now, so it matters little. The VSonics are warm, with very good body in the mids. Vocals sound great.

 

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Originally Posted by chevy454 View Post

my first post in this thread i was recommended the xb90's for my music taste, but its hard to find a solid source. is there anything with equal o rmore bass with quality mids/highs/lows for around the same price that would excel with a small amp?

 

Sorry, I was the one who suggested the XB90. Again, sorry that didn't work out. What was your budget again?

post #1424 of 5343
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

The GR07...Bass? I think you mean to say the GR02 Bass (completely different model, different price, different tier).

 

Thanks TwinQY for your quick reply. There is a bass edition in GR07 http://www.lendmeurears.com/product_info.php?currency=USD&cPath=15&products_id=54. I am confused between MK2 and bass edition for Indian light, classical and  pop kind of music. Are there any comparisons available between these two models ?

 

Thanks,

Kiran

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Originally Posted by nayakkiranraj View Post

 

Thanks TwinQY for your quick reply. There is a bass edition in GR07 http://www.lendmeurears.com/product_info.php?currency=USD&cPath=15&products_id=54. I am confused between MK2 and bass edition for Indian light, classical and  pop kind of music. Are there any comparisons available between these two models ?

 

Thanks,

Kiran

Oh, a new product. I think you won't get much info until more people get an opportunity to listen to them.

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