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Sturdy budget earphones, best bang for the buck? (Mostly for text)

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

I want the cheapest best-bang-for-the-buck in ear monitor (mostly to listen to text but some music too - for music I have regular headphones). It must be very sturdy - I don't want the cables to break down. It is the usual end of in-ear phones.

 

What's the best solution for me?

 

I also prefer reputable brands to Chinese ones.  But are they really last longer?


Edited by BangOn - 8/29/12 at 1:27pm
post #2 of 26

um.. shure is a fairly reputable brand i guess and their cables are usually pretty thick
 

post #3 of 26

The $7 JVC Riptidz is quite good.

post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recommendations. The Shure is definitely too expensive for my purposes.

 

I can't find a retailer that ships the RipTidz or the Monoprice 8320 to Eastern Europe. Pls help!

post #5 of 26

I guess you might have to settle for Panasonic or Sony then. The Panasonic RP-HJE120 is probably easy to find, and is around $5 in the US. The RP-HJE140 is much better though, but is around $10 in the US. Even better is the Panasonic RP-HJE350 or HJE355 for around $15 in the US. The HJE355 sounds better than the HJE350, however the older HJE350 is much easier to find.Perhaps you should tell us what is available to you and what the prices are, then we could advise you which to choose.

post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 

What if we would chose only from the options which ships worldwide? They are generally of better value than the local high taxed, high priced models. Thanks!

post #7 of 26

Most places that ship decent quality stuff worldwide have relatively high shipping cost, so ordering just one low priced item from them doesn't make sense, as the shipping might be much more than the item costs. If you want to buy several of them though, or several different items, then it might make sense. B&H Photo for example ships worldwide.

 

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/


Edited by JK1 - 8/31/12 at 12:57pm
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 

But how about those Chinese/Hong Kong retailers that ship worldwide? OK, originally I wanted some Western brands but maybe I change my mind.

 

Considering all, shipping costs and local higher taxes/prices, the Chinese/Hong Kong deals should be the best shouldn't they?

post #9 of 26

Visit the Jaben or mp4nation store and you will good deals there.

post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 

Okay.

 

I had a SoundMagic PL30 and the cable lasted for one year, non intensive use. From which brands should I expect more sturdy cables?

post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 

OK. And what if I'm lucky that I can ship it it my American friend and from him to home so I can buy anything? What is the best deal under $20 if I like natural balanced sound? I read the many threads buy couldn't find out. From the Riptidz to the Panasonic RP-HJE120-140-355 and Philips 3580/3590 I can buy anything. But which should I?

post #12 of 26

The JVC HA-Fx40 has great detail if you don't mind plenty of treble. The Panasonic RP-HJe355 has a bit less detail than the JVC HA-FX40, but it also doesn't have the excessive treble of the HA-FX40.

post #13 of 26

Audio Technica m50s

post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by BangOn View Post

I want the cheapest best-bang-for-the-buck in ear monitor (mostly to listen to text but some music too - for music I have regular headphones). It must be very sturdy - I don't want the cables to break down. It is the usual end of in-ear phones.

 

What's the best solution for me?

 

I also prefer reputable brands to Chinese ones.  But are they really last longer?

 

I'd say that if you regularly break earphone cables that you just need to learn to take care of earphone cables.  I've broken many many earphones but almost none were cable related deaths.

 

Coil up cables gently for storage, don't try to disentangle them by jerking, pull the plug by the handle not the wire, etc.

post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by WeLikeAudio View Post

Audio Technica m50s

That's a full headphones not in ear phones right?

 

By the way I only brake one cables on the SoundMagic PL30. I always kept it in it's storage bag.

 

Thanks for your other recommendations as well!

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