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post #16 of 28

I've used Ety4s for a number of years.  They are built tough.  The wire hasn't hardened at all from the sweat.  While the microphonics are a pain, the isolation (esp. w/ Comply tips) is well worth it.  I pair them with an Arrow amp in a little bag (discontinued from HeadRoom many years ago) with a clip on my waistband.  

post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by RASeymour View Post

I've used Ety4s for a number of years.  They are built tough.  The wire hasn't hardened at all from the sweat.  While the microphonics are a pain, the isolation (esp. w/ Comply tips) is well worth it.  I pair them with an Arrow amp in a little bag (discontinued from HeadRoom many years ago) with a clip on my waistband.  

 

For working out I think the HF-series is a little better of a choice since you can wear over the ear.  Yes, you lose SQ, but you lose that already due to microphonics and bone conduction.  

post #18 of 28

I agree with the theory of not using expensive IEM's in a gym environment (there are some great sounding bargain basement IEM's out there these days) but I also sympathasize with you wanting the best sound possible. However you also mentioned using them for prolonged periods during the day so I would definitely go with customs if you aren't too worried about trashing them. Put "cheapest custom IEM's" into the search engine and that will give you some good places to start within your budget.

post #19 of 28

Sympathasize? confused_face_2.gif I really do speak English. Honest. 

post #20 of 28
I have used Etymotic ER6i IEMs now for years while working out. They are very light weight, and are not overly unstable. I have run with them with no problems. The cord, and clip, works fine, with minimal motion noise.

They have silicone sleeves, and replaceable filters, so that your sweat and ear wax don't trash your IEMs.

Current iPod Nano and the ER6i IEMs make a great team. You can even hook the Nano to a cap, and not have flying wires.

Ultimate sound? No, but pretty dang goog for workout gear.

As an aside, I tried running with my custom IEMs. The UE-10pros made a pretty loud thumping while going up and down in my ear canal with every foot fall. As well, they were hotter and sweatier in my ear. I only did that once.

Of course, you are hearing from someone who used to run holding the cassette Walkman, and a pair of those yellow Koss foam headphones.
post #21 of 28
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I would never use my nice IEMs at the gym.  I have a pair of W2s that I have for when I want to listen to music.  I understand not wanting to have total crap earphones but when I'm out for a run, music becomes true background sound.  I'm barely aware of it.  I recently picked up some Monster iSport Immersions.  I wouldn't confuse them with anything really nice and their sound isn't worth the $100 you can get them for on Amazon but that said they're not too bad.  And they are designed for sport usage so they are completely water proof.  They're well built.  I'd suggest getting something like that and then treat yourself to something good for when you actually are listening to music!


This is why I highly recommend  the B&W C5- for me they are the best balance of secure fit for activity, high sound quality and price

post #22 of 28
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This is why I highly recommend  the B&W C5- for me they are the best balance of secure fit for activity, high sound quality and price

 

For working out, they are great.  But I didn't feel they had high quality for the price.  The veil was just too much for me :(  There was some mud as well.  

post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

 

For working out, they are great.  But I didn't feel they had high quality for the price.  The veil was just too much for me :(  There was some mud as well.  


I don't completely disagree, but are we in agreement they are a much better alternative to the Monster ISport?

post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Craigster75 View Post


I don't completely disagree, but are we in agreement they are a much better alternative to the Monster ISport?

 

I haven't heard the iSport, so I can't comment.  Monster isn't as bad of a company as people put them out to be.  The Beats line was a bad line.  The Turbine line is well respected.  Some of their newer offerings aren't as bad as you'd think :p

post #25 of 28

And we're talking about working out.  I sweat very heavily when I do and I wouldn't feel comfortable with most non-sport earphones not being trashed.  The main draw of the iSport is they are waterproof which is perfect for working out.  I actually like that I can clean them when I'm done so they don't get so grimy.  My brother wears a pair of Bose IE2s when he exercises and he swears by them and their warranty (he's a bit easy to sell by marketing...) because he's gone through like 8 pairs at this point and he's sure its because he uses them to work out.

 

I'll never claim the iSport has amazing sound but if you can tell how good your earphones are while you're working out you should probably actually start doing something ;)

post #26 of 28

Spend your budget on what you want, without getting them customized > save for remolding, get that done when you can is my suggestion.  

post #27 of 28

I have a pair of Noble K10 custom. Amazing. These are my first CIEMs, I don't have any experience with any others.

 

A friend of mine has odd ears and most IEMs fall off. He's asked me if he could use a pair of CIEMs like the K10s at the gym.

 

My take is no, for these reasons:

1- Will not hear ANYTHING from the external world when the music is playing

2- Hard to put on and more importantly hard to remove: a sharp tug of the cable could damage his tympani

3- A press in (like if you're kissing someone hello or goodbye - not a French kiss) will also hurt (I experienced this last Friday (not the French kiss)

4- Running with these would def hurt as the weight of the IEM going up and down will constantly push/pull into your eardrum

 

Now this experience applies to the K10's (which are not small in size of weight). So I wonder if it would be different with other IEMs and possibly a shallower impression.

 

What do you guys think?

 

Thx

post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by miguelito View Post
 

I have a pair of Noble K10 custom. Amazing. These are my first CIEMs, I don't have any experience with any others.

 

A friend of mine has odd ears and most IEMs fall off. He's asked me if he could use a pair of CIEMs like the K10s at the gym.

 

My take is no, for these reasons:

1- Will not hear ANYTHING from the external world when the music is playing - not a big deal. People make a huge deal of this for some reason, but once you are used to the isolation you learn to compensate with your other senses. i.e. I am constantly looking around me when I cross roads, not forward or at my feet. i.e.2. I don't get startled when people poke me to get my attention.

 

2- Hard to put on and more importantly hard to remove: a sharp tug of the cable could damage his tympani - disagree, CIEM are by far the easiest to put in and pull out. I can do either in 2 seconds, with only 2 fingers. Yes cord tugging is bad, but it's bad with any IEM. If you are feel like your eardrum would get damaged from a sudden pull, you have too much of a seal and should probably get a refit.

 

3- A press in (like if you're kissing someone hello or goodbye - not a French kiss) will also hurt (I experienced this last Friday (not the French kiss) - take them out before you go in for a kiss hello? You can't hear yourself so you're probably yelling into the other person's ear while you swap cheek sweat with them!

 

4- Running with these would def hurt as the weight of the IEM going up and down will constantly push/pull into your eardrum - potentially true, I don't particularly enjoy running with my CIEMs. There is a feeling of heaviness/pressure that I don't like vs something much lighter like Westone UIEMs.

 

Now this experience applies to the K10's (which are not small in size of weight). So I wonder if it would be different with other IEMs and possibly a shallower impression.

 

What do you guys think?

 

Thx

 

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