Originally Posted by yello131
from what I have experienced with 100 dollars price range earphones (, Hippo VB, Re0, Silver Bullet, Eterna, Se215, M3 etc) , the quality of earphones is not so well desired. In some cases they last longer, but overall I would not expect the build of sub100 price range earphones to 200 or even sub 200 price range
Some time better to just save on few weeks on starbucks coffer or other addictions , and get a more reliable pair.
note, now expensive not always mean better however I own few 150-250 like DBA02, Radius W21, ortofons e-Q5 which still last 2 years.
Yeah but I'd also rather break a pair of $100 IEMs instead $200 ones. I've even considered just continually buying cheaper IEMs (a pair of m9's every few months wouldn't be so terrible).
Originally Posted by tinyman392
Phonak PFE022s are pretty durable, they're at the edge of your price range though. Bass heavy signature with a slight veil may turn you away though. ThinkSound has Kevlar re-enforced cables (like Etymotic and Phonak) and wooden housings tend to be durable, unless you have an axe at hand... I've personally heard the TS02 and MS01, both of which are recommendable. Etymotics are always durable as well. They have an angled jack over the rest. Westone models may also work, as would the A151. It all really depends on what sound you're after, there are durable headphones for the price, but please read on.
Part of what determines how long an IEM lasts is how they are treated when not in use. If you don't use a case to shield them, they tend to not last as long (some people count this as normal use; it isn't, you should use provided cases). As you stated, you wrap around iPods and shove into pockets... This will make ANY IEM go bad quickly. It doesn't matter how durable it is. You are forcing cable problems and stress when you do that. If you choose to do this, I suggest getting an IEM with removeable cables as the cable will go bad, not the IEM itself. Cables aren't cheap either though. Take care of your IEMs, then you won't have as many problems.
Those Phonak's do look well made. I'll consider them, so long as they have a decent warranty. But like I said in my opening post, the reliability doesn't really have anything to do with the housing at all. I've never broke an IEM housing, or heard of anyone who has. Even plastic housings are very strong. Its the connections between the driver and the cable, and the cable and jack, that (I suspect) are what commonly fails.
I sometimes drop my ipod with my IEMs in (so it dangles from my ears), and all of that tension is going right onto the cable and connections. And no, I don't unplug them and put them in a pouch after use. I probably should, but I don't find that to be a reasonable solution. I use IEMs in the first place because of how convenient they are to keep in my pocket. I believe an IEM should be able to withstand this type of use for at least 1 year.
Originally Posted by Joe Bloggs
How long have you had / used the mc5? For all we know they can't stand 6 months of your use either. I now always keep IEMs in their own pouch, if only to prevent dust and debris from falling into the drivers and affecting the sound. I still shove those pouches into my pockets though lol
I've had them for 3 years, but I only use them intermittently between other pairs of IEMs. I'm confident that they are durable enough to last. These things are extremely well built.
Originally Posted by AstroTurf
Joe, The MC5s use the white filter as stock. Resistance value 680 ohms.
The ER-4 Series use the green filters with a resistance value of 1500 ohms.
So, by swapping in some greens in place of the whites, I have further filtered or restricted the higher frequencies.
Thus, I feel the... Nut Rattlin Bass of the MC5s.
This can be studied further here: http://rinchoi.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-effect-of-acoustic-dampers-on-iems.html?m=1
I will definitely try this mod. I didn't really understand what you were talking about at first. I still don't really understand how acoustic dampers have "resistance" values in ohms.. that's a unit of electrical resistance...?
I always thought that the mc5s sounded like there was a veil on them, but I didn't know that there was LITERALLY a veil on them, lol.
Originally Posted by SpartanD63
You might like the V-Moda Vibes. They are more "fun" sounding (but I like the Etys more ) And they are almost indestructible. They're only $30.
I don't know, the Amazon reviewers seem to think that they are not durable.
Edited by Eisenhower - 9/6/12 at 8:16pm