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$200 credit at Best Buy to get IEMs - Looking for advice

post #1 of 15
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I have a $200 credit at Best Buy and my iem's have died. Time for a replacement pair.  I realize that my choices would be MUCH better elsewhere, but the credit means I would like to stay at BB.

 

I am looking at the following:

 

Sennheiser - Earbud Headphones

 
Model: IE 60
$250.00
 
 
 
Model: 129393-00
$279.98
 
 
Model: SE535V
$499.99
 
 

Monster - Miles Davis Trumpet High-Performance In-Ear Headphones

$299.98

 

 

 

Shure - SE425 Earbud Headphones

$299.99

 

 

I would love the SE535's, but I do not think I should spend the money, it is out of budget.  They are simply here, because if it is truly worth the money to spend then I can wait a bit and pick them up.

 

Most of my music is classic / hard rock and acoustic guitar.  I prefer a slightly warm soundstage.

 

Thank you for the help, I have read about each of the headphones listed above, which is why they are on the list, but no real head to head of any of them.  I am leaning towards the SE425's, but the resident audiophile in the office is not a fan in the least.

post #2 of 15

You can actually get the SE535's for closer to ~$380 if you don't buy from BB and shop around a bit. 

post #3 of 15
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You can actually get the SE535's for closer to ~$380 if you don't buy from BB and shop around a bit. 

 

The whole point is because he has a $200 credit from Best Buy so it would still be cheaper for him to get the SE535 and adding $300 to the $200 credit.

 

I say go with the SE425 because the SE535 ins't worth the extra $300 and the SE425 sound pretty much just as good.

post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by PANGES View Post

You can actually get the SE535's for closer to ~$380 if you don't buy from BB and shop around a bit. 

 

The whole point is because he has a $200 credit from Best Buy so it would still be cheaper for him to get the SE535 and adding $300 to the $200 credit.

 

I say go with the SE425 because the SE535 ins't worth the extra $300 and the SE425 sound pretty much just as good.

 

But if you waste the $200 credit at Best Buy on the SE535, then he'd still have to shell out $300 + tax, which they will tax the original amount ($499), so his total would end up around $340-350ish. At that point, you might as well just buy them for $380 shipped and use the $200 BB credit on stuff that you can't really get cheaper anywhere else (like xbox/ps3 games.) It seems like a waste to spend money on stuff that's inflated in price, whether the money was free to him or not, it's still money.

 

It's your money and you can do whatever with it, I'm just saying that if you do spend the $200 on headphones at BB, then you're basically turning your $200 gift card into a $30-40 gift card, which is awesome for Best Buy, but sucks for you. :(


Edited by PANGES - 10/2/12 at 2:42pm
post #5 of 15

Sell the card for a little less than face value, take the money and buy something from someplace that has reasonable prices. Or hang on to it, wait until end of next month with all the Christmas sales craziness starts kicking in and who knows what you can score for your $200.

post #6 of 15
Read the first review for the Shure on the Best Buy website. If only you could reply to reviews...
post #7 of 15
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You can actually get the SE535's for closer to ~$380 if you don't buy from BB and shop around a bit. 

From the looks of it, Shure has a pretty tight pricing policy. Because of this, a place that would sell them at $380 is not an authorized dealer. If they are, they probably won't be for long. So you are really just looking for a dealer that is either dishonestly buying grey-market gear, or one that is being dishonest in their relationship with Shure. Not really the type of dealer that I would trust to keep my best interests in mind. Just my 2 cents...
post #8 of 15

My suggestions (based on what you said above) is either the 535 or the Turbine Pro Copper (or Gold if you want some bass).  IDK if your BBY has the Monster Gratitude, it's one of my favorite IEMs at the price range as well.  The Mile's Davis also get good rep here too.  Haven't heard much about the Senns or the 425s on here though.  The IE80 are the ones being spoken about with Senn.  

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by PANGES View Post

You can actually get the SE535's for closer to ~$380 if you don't buy from BB and shop around a bit. 

From the looks of it, Shure has a pretty tight pricing policy. Because of this, a place that would sell them at $380 is not an authorized dealer. If they are, they probably won't be for long. So you are really just looking for a dealer that is either dishonestly buying grey-market gear, or one that is being dishonest in their relationship with Shure. Not really the type of dealer that I would trust to keep my best interests in mind. Just my 2 cents...

 

Well, the tight pricing policies that manufacturers give are usually just for advertised pricing; however, if you call or email places (ie: vendors on this forum), you'll likely receive a much lower price than advertised. And yes, I got the SE535's and Westone 4's from authorized dealers for much lower than the advertised price. Come to think of it, i rarely need to pay full MSRP on headphones unless I'm impatient and want them right when they're released. I'm sure the same goes for most head-fiers.

 

Also, even if you don't make contact with the vendors, if you visit some of the ones around head-fi, you'll notice they usually put discount codes up. For example, earphonesolutions.com was doing a 20% discount code, which brought the SE535's down to around $399-400. I wouldn't exactly consider them a dishonest dealer. They also offer 2 year warranties. :D

 

Either way, it's your money, and if you wish to pay full MSRP for everything, then more power to you. I'm just trying to help another head-fier make the most out of his money. 


Edited by PANGES - 10/2/12 at 8:20pm
post #10 of 15
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Sell the card for a little less than face value, take the money and buy something from someplace that has reasonable prices. Or hang on to it, wait until end of next month with all the Christmas sales craziness starts kicking in and who knows what you can score for your $200.

 

Thats probably the best option imo.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post

Sell the card for a little less than face value, take the money and buy something from someplace that has reasonable prices. Or hang on to it, wait until end of next month with all the Christmas sales craziness starts kicking in and who knows what you can score for your $200.

 

Thats probably the best option imo.

 

Also a good idea. BB usually has some really good deals on things if you go during Black Friday, although I'm not sure if it's worth it to you or not to wait in line. lol.

post #12 of 15

You may want to consider the ATH-CKM99.

post #13 of 15
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Well, the tight pricing policies that manufacturers give are usually just for advertised pricing; however, if you call or email places (ie: vendors on this forum), you'll likely receive a much lower price than advertised. And yes, I got the SE535's and Westone 4's from authorized dealers for much lower than the advertised price. Come to think of it, i rarely need to pay full MSRP on headphones unless I'm impatient and want them right when they're released. I'm sure the same goes for most head-fiers.

Also, even if you don't make contact with the vendors, if you visit some of the ones around head-fi, you'll notice they usually put discount codes up. For example, earphonesolutions.com was doing a 20% discount code, which brought the SE535's down to around $399-400. I wouldn't exactly consider them a dishonest dealer. They also offer 2 year warranties. biggrin.gif

Either way, it's your money, and if you wish to pay full MSRP for everything, then more power to you. I'm just trying to help another head-fier make the most out of his money. 

It really depends on the manufacturer. I do not have direct experience with Shure, so I cannot speak with certainty. Sennheiser's policy is not limited to MAP(Minimum Advertised Price). This is why you will not see their higher level products discounted anywhere that is reputable. Typically MAP can be skirted via "in-cart pricing", or hiding the price until checkout. Amazon does this all the time. The fact that Amazon is not doing this with Shure is an indicator that Shure does not allow the discounting of their products by their dealers. Again, I am not certain this is the case with Shure, but Amazon does not typically flash full retail unless there is a reason.
post #14 of 15

The MD Trumpets are very good, but you can get them for half that price elsewhere.

post #15 of 15

Orrr.... You can get hook-ups if you know anyone that works there. I used to work at BB (I know, rubbish job.. To make it worse, I was in Gaming and Personal Audio department. I got warned multiple times because I said Beats were rubbish and recommended people to a LEGIT headphone shop around where I live) and before quitting, I used my employee pricing to get the HD-25 Adidas for $160.

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