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Looking for portable headphones/ earphones/IEM for trip hop/electro music (150$ budget)

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

after reading many threads I post here to have some suggestions for my particular use. 

 

To sum it up here is what I'm looking for:

 

- around 150$ budget

- good isolation (I will use them mainly in metro, train, bus etc..)

- comfy (I listen to music..a lot)

- suited for smartphone audio source (my LG 2X has a Wolfson DAC and I'm currently using Neutron player)

- fun to listen to (they don't need to be too analytic/ neutral as soon as the sound is balanced)

- solid (removable cable and available spares would be a plus if it's a headphone)

- suited for trip hop (deep bass, good vocals and soundstage needed), but I listen to all music that have a strong rythm (I'm a drummer) from hip hop to electro to alternative/ experimental rock/ metal

- bands I mainly listen to: trentemoller, kalkenbrenner, the XX, royksopp, parov stellar, depth affect, nightmares on wax, NIN, tool, isis, deftones, queens of the stone age, smashing pumpkins, radiohead  etc.. 

 

What is not so important:

- type (headphone /earphone /IEM)

- brand

- design

- size

- weight

 

IEM/ headphones I already have: Meelectronics A161P, CC51, Audio Technica ATH-M50, Philips Uptown. Most of them are all rounders and not meant for a particular style of music, so this time I'd like a more dedicated unit.  

 

What would you suggest? 

post #2 of 15

Etymotic MC5 with the NRB Mod.

 

Save a buck or two...

 

Jim

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

The Ec5 are less than 60$ and my budget is 150$. Do you mean they are enough for my use? 

post #4 of 15
Yes the MC5s only cost 50 bucks...

But, IMHO, adding the NRB Mod will save you a buck or two.

Please Note: You should never purchase anything that you cannot return if unsatisfied.

Jim
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Never had problems with the returns ;)

 

Here is a link for the NRB Mod (I didn't know what it was):

http://www.head-fi.org/t/626457/nrb-mod-nut-rattlin-bass-from-an-ety-yes-yes-yes-how-to-nrb-mod

 

I looked at the Yamaha EPH-100 IEM that a headfi member suggested and they seem very good too for what I'm looking for.

 

 "Fun, isolation, detail, soundstage." This is it :) And strong/ deep but not leaking bass

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mr Vibe View Post

Never had problems with the returns ;)

 

Here is a link for the NRB Mod (I didn't know what it was):

http://www.head-fi.org/t/626457/nrb-mod-nut-rattlin-bass-from-an-ety-yes-yes-yes-how-to-nrb-mod

 

I looked at the Yamaha EPH-100 IEM that a headfi member suggested and they seem very good too for what I'm looking for.

 

 "Fun, isolation, detail, soundstage." This is it :) And strong/ deep but not leaking bass

Be aware too of the probs with the Yamis...

 

Good Luck, Jim

post #7 of 15

The JVC FXD80, Sony EX600, GR07, UETF10Pro and Klipsch Image X10 are great sounding and will match well with genres music because they all offers deep tight punchy bass with good detailed mids, highs and fairly wide soundstage.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZARIM View Post

The JVC FXD80, Sony EX600, GR07, UETF10Pro and Klipsch Image X10 are great sounding and will match well with genres music because they all offers deep tight punchy bass with good detailed mids, highs and fairly wide soundstage.

Ok, I will check them all L3000.gif

post #9 of 15

have a try on Phonak Audeo PFE series and Final audio Adagio V.
both have the signature you are looking, and they provide great fitting and comfort as well.

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm at it again, my Meelectronics A161P failed on me (cable) so I need an update for the same music genres (electro, trip hop..) and a good noise isolation :darthsmile: 

 

they need to be strong/ qualitative too as I will be using them at the gym 


Edited by Mr Vibe - 12/7/13 at 3:20am
post #11 of 15
I know your budget is ~$150, but I pretty much listen to only electronic. I bought many iems and portables in the >$200 range, and if I could do it all over I'd get some used triple fis or some ck10s.... Those are the best I've ever found for the genre, and going significantly more in price I haven't found anything better. Just my opinion, and obviously I learned the hard way about buying multiple expensive headphones when I should've gone the used route and gotten what I really wanted. Good luck on find what's right for you.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Buying used is a good advice, that's what I did for my Audio Technica WS99 that I got for half its original price. It is perfect for electro but not the best option to get out or exercise. The only thing is that my two last pairs of IEM failed so I worry about long term durability of IEMs in general compared to other types of headphones. I plan to use them at the gym (power lifting, crossfit..) and all noisy environments (bus, train, etc..). 

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mr Vibe View Post
 

Buying used is a good advice, that's what I did for my Audio Technica WS99 that I got for half its original price. It is perfect for electro but not the best option to get out or exercise. The only thing is that my two last pairs of IEM failed so I worry about long term durability of IEMs in general compared to other types of headphones. I plan to use them at the gym (power lifting, crossfit..) and all noisy environments (bus, train, etc..). 

Either one of my two options will outlast you in the gym.  UEs only because they're heavily modifiable, but the ck10s are the smallest yet toughest IEM I've ever owned (especially the cable).  Any universal IEM will have perfect isolation with comply tips of your preference (either the sport or "T" series).

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

I did quite a few researches and these are the options I ended with:

 

- yamaha eph 100

- vsonic gr07

- jvc fxd80

- sony xb90ex

- soundmagic e30

- ...

 

specific for sport:

 

- jlabs jbud epic

- sennheiser cx685i

- lg tone

- yurbuds limited edition

- meelectronics m6

- monster isport

- ...

 

what I'm looking for:

 

- durability

- good isolation

- confort

- good for electro/ trip hop...

post #15 of 15
If want the most amazing sub bass you cannot go wrong with the xb90ex. I have a pair and it literally feels like a movie theater when playing down low smily_headphones1.gif. I also listen to trentemoller and parov coincidently smily_headphones1.gif
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