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Best IEMs in under $200

post #1 of 11
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Hey guys, you prolly saw hundreds of similar questions, so thx in advance :D

 

So currently i got Klipsch S3 headphones with Cowon i9 player and i am looking for an headphone upgrade in under ~200$.

 

Now i checked the comparisons and came to Hifiman Re-262. Is it worth upgrade over my S3? Also it got very high impedance 150Ω, won't it make sound much lower overall or not? I don't really want to by separate amp.

 

And maybe there are better headphones for such price? But 149$ for Re-262 looks really nice :)

post #2 of 11

Probably, unamped the best imo is the GR07. I really like the RE262 as a contender amped. Pick up a used Fiio E11 and you're still very near the $200 mark.

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

Probably, unamped the best imo is the GR07. I really like the RE262 as a contender amped. Pick up a used Fiio E11 and you're still very near the $200 mark.

Hmm GR07 looks like harder to get and little more expensive. Do you think i will notice a difference compared to Klipsch S3? :)

post #4 of 11
GR07 price recently increased due to a warranty extension of two years, which now makes it harder to recommend. At 150ohms you're going to need an amp for RE262. Considering you don't want an amp I suggest you take a look at Triple.fi 10 and Yamaha EPH-100. Both have their own appreciation threads here and great reviews.

Take a look in here at other options too.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-252-iems-compared-jvc-ha-fx40-and-ha-fxd80-added-09-05-12
Edited by H20Fidelity - 9/6/12 at 2:57am
post #5 of 11

GR07 and RE262 both are very good but have a very different sound signature.

GR07 is neutral and can sound a little bright. RE262 is warm, sweet and full sounding.

For most DAP's you will need an amp for RE262. What kind of sound are you looking for?

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by s0lar View Post

GR07 and RE262 both are very good but have a very different sound signature.

GR07 is neutral and can sound a little bright. RE262 is warm, sweet and full sounding.

For most DAP's you will need an amp for RE262. What kind of sound are you looking for?

 

I don't even know lol. Well i listen mostly hard rock, pop and some heavy metal.

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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post

GR07 price recently increased due to a warranty extension of two years, which now makes it harder to recommend. At 150ohms you're going to need an amp for RE262. Considering you don't want an amp I suggest you take a look at Triple.fi 10 and Yamaha EPH-100. Both have their own appreciation threads here and great reviews.
Take a look in here at other options too.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-252-iems-compared-jvc-ha-fx40-and-ha-fxd80-added-09-05-12

 

Triple.fi 10 are far from my price range of 200$. 

 

I checked my current Klipsch S3 and it got 18 ohms, so let's say i buy GR07, which got 50ohm, does that mean I will have considerable drop in sound level compared to my current ones? Because my current got very high sound with my Cowon i don't want it to drop.


Edited by Alpina - 9/6/12 at 4:36am
post #7 of 11

I am not sure if decided on your best  200 earphones, but some suggestions

look  Heaven IV.

 

some good review here

also  ortofon e-Q5

review here

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post

Triple.fi 10 are far from my price range of 200$. 

I checked my current Klipsch S3 and it got 18 ohms, so let's say i buy GR07, which got 50ohm, does that mean I will have considerable drop in sound level compared to my current ones? Because my current got very high sound with my Cowon i don't want it to drop.

Sorry I assumed you were in Amercia and can purchase them through Amazon for $168.00

GR07 (which I own) will require slightly higher volume amounts bringing them up to decent listening levels. I have no problem powering them from say...an ipod touch or classic. and use them fulltime with a Cowon C2. What Cowon player do you have? Because GR07 react differently with lower output impedance players.
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post


Sorry I assumed you were in Amercia and can purchase them through Amazon for $168.00
GR07 (which I own) will require slightly higher volume amounts bringing them up to decent listening levels. I have no problem powering them from say...an ipod touch or classic. and use them fulltime with a Cowon C2. What Cowon player do you have? Because GR07 react differently with lower output impedance players.

I got Cowon i9. Btw, can i ship to Europe from Amazon.com? Because that's so cheap and even if shipment would cost a lot it would still be decent price lol.

 

yello131, gonna check them :)

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post

I got Cowon i9. Btw, can i ship to Europe from Amazon.com? Because that's so cheap and even if shipment would cost a lot it would still be decent price lol.

yello131, gonna check them smily_headphones1.gif
Not sure about Europe, but I recently came so close to replacing my lost TF10s from Amazon, that I got all the way through to the final page and even with 3day shipping was just on $200. Decided to buy W4Rs instead just in case the TF10s show up one day. At $168 they are great value and a nice earphone so long as you take the time to get the best fit. For me it was flip flop mode which is well documented here.

The EPH100 are a dynamic with good bass and mids but treble is a tad underdone. But that makes them an easy phone to listen to without tiring.

No experience with the others mentioned here.
post #11 of 11

GR01 is so underrated around here. It is definitely one of the best under $200.

 

EDIT: price has went up above $200 in Amazon confused_face.gif. Still below $200 on ebay.


Edited by glac1er - 9/6/12 at 7:17am
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