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Originally Posted by 23OC23 View Post

Looking for a pair of IEMs, will mostly be using them for the gym and walking around.

 

Price range: $100 - $125

Color ideally black

Must have high durability as these may go through some hard times at the gym (cable can't pull/rip easy, ear phones must stay in)

Must be bassy but also have good clarity

Mostly listen to trance but also rap, electro & prog house, techno.

 

Right now I see the Shure SE215, but I am trying to see if there are any other recommendations before I pull the trigger on them.

SE215 is a really good choice.

post #2957 of 5343

I'm looking for a mostly neutral, ~$100 IEM with good isolation and an easy fit. I have fairly narrow ear canals which make large or even medium tips a no-go.

 

I was considering getting the HiFiMan RE-0/Sunrise SW-Xcape v1, Etymotic MC5, or Rock-It Sounds R-50; would these be a good match for my preferences?


Edited by Tus-Chan - 2/27/13 at 4:03pm
post #2958 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

I'm looking for a mostly neutral, ~$100 IEM with good isolation and an easy fit. I have fairly narrow ear canals which make large or even medium tips a no-go.

 

I was considering getting the HiFiMan RE-0/Sunrise SW-Xcape v1, Etymotic MC5, or Rock-It Sounds R-50; would these be a good match for my preferences?

HF5?

post #2959 of 5343

Currently evaluating a number of IEM options and am hoping to get some additional wisdom and input.

 

Price Range: $50-200

 

Usage Environment: Architecture Studio (essentially a large classroom with lots of noise pollution and distractions), planes, and in my apartment.

 

Needs: Good isolation (see Current Gear for baseline references/expectations), solid, punchy, and accurate bass, and yet while still maintaining good clarity and stage width.  Preferably would also have exceptional build quality and reliability.  I like my investments to last.

 

Current Gear: Denon D2000 via iBasso D7 and Fischer Audio DBA-02 (often used via Nuforce uDAC-2 and iPad (and the whole mess of cables that entails) while in class and out and about).

 

Usual Listening: Games, movies, and lossless and high resolution reference lossless (24/96 or 24/192).  Music tends to be folk, trance, synth-pop, and the occasional more eclectic selection of jazz or classical.  I enjoy a good bass punch, but also value good clarity, separation, and soundstage width for critical listening and appreciation.  I should also note that I use Comply foam tips on my DBA-02's, which provide great isolation.  I would hope to get a new set of IEM's that have equivalent or better isolation, even if it requires using aftermarket foams.  My ears tend to not like and/or seal well with silicone tips.

 

I understand that what I'm asking for may not exist.  If anyone can make a case for a good investment, I'm willing to perhaps bend a bit on the budget.

 

Many thanks!


Edited by neochikara - 2/27/13 at 4:58pm
post #2960 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Seekky View Post

HF5?

 

Seem to be too bass-light. While I am a detail-lover, I listen to mostly electronic, so I need bass to be at least neutral compared to mids and highs, if not just a touch heavier.

 

While I'd prefer the IEMs to be as neutral as possible, I'd rather they err slightly heavy on the bass rather than light.


Edited by Tus-Chan - 2/27/13 at 4:52pm
post #2961 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

 

Seem to be too bass-light. While I am a detail-lover, I listen to mostly electronic, so I need bass to be at least neutral compared to mids and highs, if not just a touch heavier.

 

While I'd prefer the IEMs to be as neutral as possible, I'd rather they err slightly heavy on the bass rather than light.

maybe RE400(I haven't try them yet.)

check this thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/651472/looking-for-neutral-iems-150

post #2962 of 5343
Looking for a good intro to the solid sound world. Budget is ideally around $100, can push to $150 or higher of it's really worthwhile or makes a significant difference.

Needs: portable, solid sound. I wouldn't mind an IEM with a mic for calls, but I can get by without one if a solid choice lacks it. No concerns about a gym or rugged environment. I'd prefer a quality build, but they won't get abused.

Music style: mostly rap and rock. Rock can go from alternative and grunge to acoustic rock, to something more on the lines of folk rock (Mumford and Sons, for example). I'll do jazz and classical once in a while as well.

Preferred sound: This is my intro to this world, so it's hard for me to say. I'll guess at balance, with a bit of basshead. I do enjoy my bass, but I don't want it to overpower anything. If I turn on Alice In Chains Unplugged, I want to hear the bass drum and the bass guitar (sucker for bass guitar!) but still catch the acoustic rhythm/lead guitars. I enjoy the treble on cymbals, but don't want anything treble heavy at all. I'm huge on vocals, so I want quality in the mid range, but again I don't want it drowning anything else out. If I put on Mumford or the Piano Guys, I want to hear the fiddle, violin, cello, etc. Love my strings.

If it matters: will be listening from my N7 and HTC One X. That's it. I do like quality sound and can spot something out of place from a mile away, probably because I ran sound boards for a few years.

Anyway, hope that helps and isn't too much info, or too demanding.
post #2963 of 5343
Hey guys. I need a good cheap iem for portable work. Budget is $20-50. Player is Sansa Clip Zip
Looking for, in order of importance
1. Speed and clarity. Over absolutely everything else. Razor sharpness is a must.
2. Imaging and soundstage.
3. Neutral but slightly bright frequency response preferred, but if the best option isn't this, I know how to work an equalizer.

Here is my reference track
http://grooveshark.com/#!/search/like%20the%20average%20stalker
The intro to this tends to muddle. Also in the tom hit followed by a brief silence, the tom has to resonate naturally.
I'll consider up to $100 for a set that's really worth it, but I'd have to save up and I want something soon. Live drumming just ruined the monoprice 8320 for me
Edit: I'm also not above buying refurbished.
Edited by thoughtcriminal - 2/27/13 at 8:49pm
post #2964 of 5343
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Can't believe I missed this one, sorry. Personally found the MS01 to be more proficient than its predecessor, but the V-shape probably isn't what you're looking for as well as the lack of a mic. The TS02s are lush, smooth, you can essentially visualize the stereotypical woodie sound and it will embody it pretty much to the letter. Problem with the wood shells is that oil does cumulate on them quite rapidly even with just pulling them in and out of the ear. It can get rather annoying if you don't have something to wipe it down with. If he doesn't mind the extreme warmth, by all means consider them.

 

What exact make is your brother's phone again? Most likely the PFE022's mic will work, but just to make sure.

 

Thanks again for your advice. While I continue searching for the right pair of IEMs for my brother, I took djvkool's advice (thank you too) and bought the Klipsch X10 on Amazon for myself. My music tastes and other headphone needs are the same as my brother, except I don't need a mic for now.

 

And in case you forgot from my first post, my brother has a HTC MyTouch. He spends a lot of time in noisy places, so a mic may be more important than I first thought.
 


Edited by TheJazzyH - 2/27/13 at 8:54pm
post #2965 of 5343

No one responded to my previous post... should quote it ?

post #2966 of 5343
Originally Posted by BerryTwoC View Post

No one responded to my previous post... should quote it ?

Sorry, working on 10+ mega multi-post like always. 

 

Usually people don't miss stuff, just have no experience with the stuff mentioned.

post #2967 of 5343
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Sorry, working on 10+ mega multi-post like always. 

 

Usually people don't miss stuff, just have no experience with the stuff mentioned.

Omg... please don't apologise, I'm feeling really bad now...

Oh, I see... was wondering why mine was left out.

post #2968 of 5343

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Originally Posted by munchzilla View Post

right, it's the midbass that I'm worried about... redface.gif I think the graph looks kind of similar to Shure SE535 which I also found a bit bassy.

not sure how well it can be EQ'd down either, if it is a problem.

sorry for being so picky, I'm a bit tired of being disappointed with audio purchases.

I heard the impedance mod only increases bass level, which would be problematic.

 

by the way, since you seem to know his blog - have you tried his UE900 mod? or would that perhaps be even bassier?

 

thanks a lot for answering my concerns btw, much appreciated! 

The mod is basically to wait until the thing fills up with wax. It came pre-filled during the week I borrowed them so yes.

W4s = bassier yes. 

Whoever told you about the impedance thing is dead wrong. Don't believe then look at the graphs. But it's not really need since the effect is so obvious at first listen. Flat, flatter than the Shures for shure (sorry puns)

 

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Originally Posted by jay-w View Post

G.A. time. 

 

I'm currently using Thinksound TS02 IEMs during my daily commute. They are fun, have nice bass and are somewhat clear and easy to fit. At times they can be a little congested and the soundstage is quite small.

 

Any recommendations on IEMs that have similar qualities but with better soundstage and instrument separation(?). I'd preferably like something comfortable and with a detachable cord this time. No need for an inline remote. Music: most genres. Budget: $200-$300 give or take. Thanks..  

Nice bass, big stage, detachable cable - should probably look at the IE80s. 3.Ai as well, maybe, if you don't mind the added treble compared to the Thinkssounds.

 

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Originally Posted by Supra Man View Post

TAX RETURN TIME!

I've already bought a pair of Klipsch Image X10's, as they were on a huge sale, for 89USD. 

 

My fiance and I will decide who likes them more, and I may buy a second pair for myself on my judgement when they arrive thursday or friday.

In the meantime, I'd love some options;


As a man who loves my Sennheiser HD595's for their overall clarity and impressive soundstage but who still appreciates a bit more bass kick (Without it drowning or grossly overpowering anything else), what would you recommend me for under 150?
Or a combo of IEM and amp for 150ish? 

 

They are to be driven from my phone, a Galaxy S3, through a DAMNED impressive new player I came across called "Neutron MP", which can sample 64bit and has preamp function....

Clarity, with kick, under 150 - FXD80 or the Atrio MG7. The former is especially impressive, and definitely does not overpower. One of the most nicely crafted V-shaped sigs I've heard on an IEM.

 

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Originally Posted by v10gta View Post

I want some IEMS thats under 100 that has veery nice bass and also veery nice treble so when i phone calls the voice sounds crisp and clear. So what is a good IEM to get?

Genres, comfort, isolation, etc, etc.

 

There's a guideline for putting proper criteria posted somewhere. Maybe we should ask for it to be added to the OP.

 

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Originally Posted by Life of Music View Post

Hi, I've been looking at custom IEMs recently and and planning to buy some soon.  I'm looking at the sub $500 sets and listen mainly to progressive metal (Dream Theater and the like). 

If I had to rank importance of bass/mids/highs I would say mids > bass > treble.  I've mainly been looking at the JH5.  It seems people are saying this is right down the JH5's alley.  I haven't seen many comments on the UM Marvel though, so I am curious what people think about that one if someone could comment on it's sound. 

 

So what do you think would be my best option at this point?

 

Thank you

Mids on the JH5 (keep in mind this is all demo experience, though in this case it wasn't a demo but an actual unit with silcone tips on) are a hit or miss. Clarity is good, but they are a bit back against everything else, but especially the treble. They have some hot treble. Even the bass can't compare to the hotness.

 

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Originally Posted by RobDogg View Post

Hi TwinQY thank you very much for your advice it is greatly appreciated :) So I have just researched the Westone 3's and they definitely are a possibility. In fact now its just trying to decide between the W3 or the UE900. Have you listened to the W3's?

Yes, in fact the 3.Ai were a replacement buy for the W3s I lost a while back. The UE900s are less of a V-shape, mids are similar in terms of transparency and clarity, but more upper-mids on the Westones. Treble can be a bit strident without proper tips though, and since you mentioned not wanting ear-piercing treble...

 

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Originally Posted by mpajerek View Post
Hello, 

 

I'd appreciate an advice for an upcoming purchase that I'm planning to make soon. 

 

Last time I used this forum I got a fantastic recommendation and bought Westone's UM2s. That was few years ago and I've been thrilled when using them - but my wires got broken and after an impromptu repair by myself they do not work as they used to + I've run out of the the wire space I can cut and melt :/

 

Here are my general requirements:

  • I use the headphones at work for music. I must have very good isolation because a) it helps me to stay focused while coding b) I don't want to disturb other people. The quality of the music is important as well - I don't have much experience, but when I was forced to switch back to my substitute $40 full headphones I just can bare the difference :/ Not sure if you need to know the genre - but it's mostly jazz, house and occasional electronic sounds.
  • I use the headphones while commuting. I listen mostly to podcasts and audiobooks - so it's human voice not music and the seal is very important as well - because the bloody trains are so loud and I don't want to hurt my hearing with going full volume. UM2s were quite good with that.

 

I figured that if I liked UM2 I should stick with Westone - the problem is that after my problems with the wires I want something that have detachable / exchangeable ones ... and the new Westone 4 R-Series do that - but for $500 ... which is just simply too much for me. 

 

$200 ... maybe $300 is all I can spare for the new kit. 

 

I would really appreciate any suggestions and thank you in advance

UM2s do have replacable cables now, FYI...

Otherwise not much at the price with detachable cables...ever consider going for a cheaper but still competent choice like the PFE122/RE262 (both discontinued though still able to be found) and then mod them for replaceable cables? http://btg-audio.com/webstore.htm#!/~/product/category=2609209&id=11546437

 

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Originally Posted by djvkool View Post

I've had no experience in CIEM so unfortunately can't help you with this one sport...

 

Maybe TwinQY can?

Have only heard the demo JH16 (sorry wasn't very into customs at the time), but simply no for female vocals.

 

ES5 - there's something competent. I've talked about it on the other thread with him already, so not much left to be said.

 

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Originally Posted by 23OC23 View Post

Looking for a pair of IEMs, will mostly be using them for the gym and walking around.

 

Price range: $100 - $125

Color ideally black

Must have high durability as these may go through some hard times at the gym (cable can't pull/rip easy, ear phones must stay in)

Must be bassy but also have good clarity

Mostly listen to trance but also rap, electro & prog house, techno.

 

Right now I see the Shure SE215, but I am trying to see if there are any other recommendations before I pull the trigger on them.

Clarity + SE215...umm.

 

Would try the MS01, UE700, or the R-30 instead. Maybe not the UE if you don't value subbass over the other parts.

 

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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

I'm looking for a mostly neutral, ~$100 IEM with good isolation and an easy fit. I have fairly narrow ear canals which make large or even medium tips a no-go.

 

I was considering getting the HiFiMan RE-0/Sunrise SW-Xcape v1, Etymotic MC5, or Rock-It Sounds R-50; would these be a good match for my preferences?

MC5 are simply mediocre when the HF5 come into the equation. It's a good budget buy, but...

R-50s won't likely have the slight bass kick you're looking for. I'd go for the PFE022 but again, discontinued as of March 2*/31 (can't remember date).

Since people are into graphs here, will put this on as a reference http://rinchoi.blogspot.ca/2012/07/phonak-audeo-pfe-022.html

Actually think there's a bit more upper mids than shown though.

 

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Originally Posted by neochikara View Post

Currently evaluating a number of IEM options and am hoping to get some additional wisdom and input.

 

Price Range: $50-200

 

Usage Environment: Architecture Studio (essentially a large classroom with lots of noise pollution and distractions), planes, and in my apartment.

 

Needs: Good isolation (see Current Gear for baseline references/expectations), solid, punchy, and accurate bass, and yet while still maintaining good clarity and stage width.  Preferably would also have exceptional build quality and reliability.  I like my investments to last.

 

Current Gear: Denon D2000 via iBasso D7 and Fischer Audio DBA-02 (often used via Nuforce uDAC-2 and iPad (and the whole mess of cables that entails) while in class and out and about).

 

Usual Listening: Games, movies, and lossless and high resolution reference lossless (24/96 or 24/192).  Music tends to be folk, trance, synth-pop, and the occasional more eclectic selection of jazz or classical.  I enjoy a good bass punch, but also value good clarity, separation, and soundstage width for critical listening and appreciation.  I should also note that I use Comply foam tips on my DBA-02's, which provide great isolation.  I would hope to get a new set of IEM's that have equivalent or better isolation, even if it requires using aftermarket foams.  My ears tend to not like and/or seal well with silicone tips.

 

I understand that what I'm asking for may not exist.  If anyone can make a case for a good investment, I'm willing to perhaps bend a bit on the budget.

 

Many thanks!

Isolation, punchy, accurate, clarity - almost the HF5 if it wasn't for the build (good but design-wise nozzles are thin so if this is a big part of the criteria I can't recommend it in all good conscience). If that budget could be stretched the ER4P are much better in that regard. Width is the only thing they do good at for stage though.

 

 

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Originally Posted by TheJazzyH View Post

Thanks again for your advice. While I continue searching for the right pair of IEMs for my brother, I took djvkool's advice (thank you too) and bought the Klipsch X10 on Amazon for myself. My music tastes and other headphone needs are the same as my brother, except I don't need a mic for now.

 

And in case you forgot from my first post, my brother has a HTC MyTouch. 

Ah. My HTC works well enough with the aforementioned mics. Usually it's not a big deal, just a TRRS/TRS thing.

 

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Originally Posted by thoughtcriminal View Post

Hey guys. I need a good cheap iem for portable work. Budget is $20-50. Player is Sansa Clip Zip
Looking for, in order of importance
1. Speed and clarity. Over absolutely everything else. Razor sharpness is a must.
2. Imaging and soundstage.
3. Neutral but slightly bright frequency response preferred, but if the best option isn't this, I know how to work an equalizer.

Here is my reference track
http://grooveshark.com/#!/search/like%20the%20average%20stalker
The intro to this tends to muddle. Also in the tom hit followed by a brief silence, the tom has to resonate naturally.
I'll consider up to $100 for a set that's really worth it, but I'd have to save up and I want something soon. Live drumming just ruined the monoprice 8320 for me
Edit: I'm also not above buying refurbished.
Sounds like the VC02 are worth a research (DISCLAIMER HAVE NOT HEARD THEM JUST SUGGESTING THAT IT'S WORTH A LOOK)

 

And before anyone asks, HF is not letting me put in large edits for posts ever since I got back on the ground. So part 2 & 3 will have to wait.


Edited by TwinQY - 2/28/13 at 12:55am
post #2969 of 5343
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Mids on the JH5 (keep in mind this is all demo experience, though in this case it wasn't a demo but an actual unit with silcone tips on) are a hit or miss. Clarity is good, but they are a bit back against everything else, but especially the treble. They have some hot treble. Even the bass can't compare to the hotness.

I don't mind the mids being recessed some (but not too much).  Would there be an option you would recommend more for me in this case?

post #2970 of 5343

Hi,

 

Looking for IEMs around $50-150

To replace my Galaxy S2 stock earplugs.

 

Sound isolation:

Resonably good want to have minimum leakage whilst able to still hear some sounds around me.

 

 

Usage:

These IEMs will be used with MP3/FLAC/M4A depending on where the music is purchased from.

Target is for portable use whilst carrying out walking and minor gaming, but not likely to be used on premises they will be more 'going out' type.

 

Quality:

I listen to all rounder music so that could be classical through to dubstep, usually on a random song list, so i prefer more natural bass than gimmicky/muddy bass if that makes sense to you.

Clarity is a big deal to me.

Would like it if cables could be replaced without getting technical.

Definitely wish to have durability in cable area to withstand some tugs/unfortunate events and they likely will get wrapped up in pocket as

on/off premises is random and i move site-to-site.

 

Used in conjunction with:

Background: Work gives me a phone to use as a DAP (Digital Audio Player) and rotates these out so i am not looking for a 'best fit S2 design'

Currently Galaxy S2 and FiiO E17 to control volume.

 

Thanks.

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