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Best Earphones for under $250?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey guys! I need to find some new earphones for under $250 since my UE700's are dying on me. I listen to a lot of Hip-Hop/Dubstep/Drum 'n' Bass. Anyone have any suggestions? I have checked out multiple earphones such as the Westone UM2, etc... I just don't know which pair is right for me 


Thanks! and I'm new to Head-Fi so take it easy wink_face.gif

post #2 of 14

if you liked the sound of the UE700, you can look at some iems that use the same drivers

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

The UE700 was awesome, but I didn't get as great bass as I wanted unless I got a good seal... can you name some off the top of your head?

post #4 of 14

using the same TWFK dual BA drivers there are the



DBA02 MK2.



i dont know how much bass you need, but none of these will be enough for a basshead

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks!! I'll definitely check those outsmily_headphones1.gif

post #6 of 14

the B2 are at preorder for $110

the R-50 at regular price are for $120

the dba mk2 and GR01 are about $170-180


as for other dual BA, you can check the westone W2 , tdk BA200 and sont XBA2


and i forgot the tank-built TWFK based ATH-CK10

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Awesome! Do you have any knowledge on the EarSonics SM2? One person is selling them for $150 and was wondering if that was a steal or not. you've been a big help and I couldn't thank you enough!!! o2smile.gif

post #8 of 14

i never minded them , because their shape

but for them check here 


also, there's a new version of those, more ergonomic and with deatachable cables

post #9 of 14

have a look on Futuresonic Atrios M5 

post #10 of 14

If those truly are your primary musical selections (and I support that) I second the Atrios recommendation.  Another line is some of the higher-end Monster series, which generally retail above what you're looking at but I'm sure can be found within your price range.  (And ignore what people say about them being laid-back... with something like D&B you don't need that degree of incisiveness to get the saxophone or accordion "just right," but you do need the "womphf" to get the bass full and satisfying - bass dynamics, as it's called around here.)  Possibly also the the new Aurisonics universals, which are winning people over quickly here.  As a general guideline for newbies, skip the BA (balanced armature) sets and go for the dynamic sets.  As long as you're paying above $70 or so, you are probably going to get enough "speed" to keep up with your general musical selection.  (For D&B, which is the "fastest" genre you have listed here - the one demanding the quickest and cleanest response from your transducers - I have in mind people like Alexander Rosson, Wilkinson and Netsky - yes, the "laid-back" Monsters or others like them are perfectly competent at this music, and will trump others that are generally considered better "hi-fi" choices.)


Read |joker|'s IEM review thread to get a short list, then look at the deals thread for IEMs (even going back as far as a month or so) and scour the internet to see what price you can get, then ignore everything you've read on this website and choose the ones that will give you most pride of ownership.

Edited by ScuderiaHeadFi - 6/28/12 at 7:55am
post #11 of 14

Etymotic ER-4

post #12 of 14

Yeah... I'm sure the etys will do a GREAT job at hip-hop...

post #13 of 14
Originally Posted by ScuderiaHeadFi View Post

Yeah... I'm sure the etys will do a GREAT job at hip-hop...

They do for me...


Ya gotsta have a good seal and deep insertion.


Something many never master. Sad Really.


Cheers, Jim

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