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post #1 of 66
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I'm looking for a portable pair of earphones that I can use on an airplane, as well as take to the hospital with me in about a week.  My third and final pair of PX-100s just broke (as much as I like the sound, I wouldn't buy another anyway as the quality control was crap).  Cheaper would be better as they will be staying in my cube much of the time or being packed in luggage, but am willing to spend it if the quality justifies it.  As I want to use them on an airplane, open headphone would probably not be a good option, though.

 

Thanks for the help.

 

EDIT:  I should probably add that I listen to all kinds of music, but mostly classic rock, modern rock, classical, old country, and jazz--so neutral with maybe slightly emphasized bass is alright.

 

Jeff


Edited by BackwardPawn - 7/27/12 at 10:36am
post #2 of 66

Sorry your title mentions IEM's but the rest of your post seems to be about headphones. Do you have a preference for either? A general price range would be great. There's plenty of bang for the buck headphones out there, but it depends how much buck you're willing to spend.

post #3 of 66
When he says open headphone, he is probably talking about open vs closed. I, myself, generally think of a vented IEM as an open one. He wants a closed system as they tend to have better isolation.


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post #4 of 66
Thread Starter 

Sorry.  I just got back to work after having a plasma exchange done in prep for surgery next week, so I'm a little out of it.  I had headphones and liked the sound, but would like to replace them with something with isolation.  Something that goes in the ear would be good.

 

I believe the PX-100s were each $50, so now I feel like I've wasted $150 as they've all broken.  Cheaper is better--if you told me I could get audiophile quality earphones for $15, I'd be all over them, but in general, lets say the sub $100 range.

 

Thanks.

 

Jeff

post #5 of 66

For under $20 each, the JVC HA-FX40 and Panasonic RP-HJE355 are quite good. I have  both of these. They have great detail. The HA-FX40 sounds very bright. Some complain it is too bright. It needs plenty of burn in. The RP-HJE355 has almost as much detail, but a slightly warmer balance, without the excessive treble. If you like extra bass, you will like the $20 JVC HA-FX101. Imo even the $7 JVC Riptidz is pleasant to use though.

post #6 of 66
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I saw your earlier posts about these headphones and was thinking about them.  The Panasonics look more comfortable in general and I'm not sure if I'll have enough time to burn in the JVCs before surgery.  If I order them prime today with the 1 day option, I get them Monday.  I'm staying in the city where the teaching hospital is Tuesday night.  That gives me about 36 hours to burn in.  Unless I can find the JVCs locally, I think the Panasonics are my best option.

post #7 of 66

My Philips SE3580 are nothing short of amazing. There's a whole thread on them.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/561951/philips-she3580-iem-review-10-giant-killers-er-4p-gathering-dust
 

post #8 of 66
Thread Starter 

About to pull the trigger on panasonics, unless someone has a better option.  Am willing to spend more, as they are only $15 (not that I mind cheap, so long as they sound good).

post #9 of 66
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tzjin View Post

My Philips SE3580 are nothing short of amazing. There's a whole thread on them.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/561951/philips-she3580-iem-review-10-giant-killers-er-4p-gathering-dust
 

 

Would like to give these a try, but they are not Amazon Prime, unfortunately.  Looking to see if anyone carries them locally.

post #10 of 66
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5 min to order the FX40s and get them tomorrow (for burn in time).  If anyone really likes these, speak now or forever hold your peace.

post #11 of 66
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Originally Posted by BackwardPawn View Post

5 min to order the FX40s and get them tomorrow (for burn in time).  If anyone really likes these, speak now or forever hold your peace.

 

They've rolled over to a tuesday arrival w/ one day shipping.  I couldn't even guarentee I'd receive them let alone burn them in.  I have a little less than two hours to order the Panasonics and get the Saturday to let them burn in (do they need burn in time or would Monday be alright).  Also, any other options before I order them?  I'll wait an hour or so before checking out to see if anyone has any suggestions.

post #12 of 66
Thread Starter 

While I'm at it, any suggestions for an upgraded mp3 player w/ flac support.  I still use the Cowon X5L (I know its really old), I have no problem taking it to the hospital with me (so long as I haven't lost the stupid charging connector again), but thought I'd ask since I'm buying new earphones if anyone has suggestions on this too.

post #13 of 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by BackwardPawn View Post

 

They've rolled over to a tuesday arrival w/ one day shipping.  I couldn't even guarentee I'd receive them let alone burn them in.  I have a little less than two hours to order the Panasonics and get the Saturday to let them burn in (do they need burn in time or would Monday be alright).  Also, any other options before I order them?  I'll wait an hour or so before checking out to see if anyone has any suggestions.

 

 

JVC Fx40 needs A LOT of burn in, mines got 60 hours and still need more burn in,, highs are still to harsh for me.  With a few hours of burn in my She3580 and JVC Fx101 had a nice sound, almost out of the box they sounded very nice.


Edited by rickdohc - 7/27/12 at 12:25pm
post #14 of 66
Thread Starter 

I can get both the She3580 and the JVC Fx101 locally at Sears.  Amazon can get the Panasonics to me by tomorrow.  Those appear to be my choices.  I'm a little bit afraid that the Fx101s will have too much bass from what I've read, but I guess they're returnable if they do.  Any last minute advice?

post #15 of 66

get the She3580.. very nice and cheap, doesnt need a lot of burn in, out from the box the highs are a little bit harsh but with 20 hours or even less it gets better.

i got the three of them, i your are afraid of the bass of the fx101 and dont have to much hours to burn the Fx40, the SHE3580 is a nice choice.. only problem is that the cable is noisy.

 

for the price,  the 3580 is a very good sounding earphone. not heard the panys so i cant help you with that.


Edited by rickdohc - 7/27/12 at 12:44pm
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