My first review/comparison so excuses for the bad review/comparison
This is more of a comparison thread, since there are other threads reviewing most of the IEMs i'm going to compare.
I will be receiving the Sony MH1 very soon
So here we have it another bang for buck IEM, it's called the AWEI ES800M
i bought them for around $5,50 orso
It comes with 3 sizes of silicone tips and a leather pouch with a spring system to open it. They have flat cables and a straight plug.
The specification are:
- Driver size: 9mm
- Frequency Response: 20-20000HZ
- Impedance: 16 Ohm
- Sensitivity: 95 dB
- Cable Length: 1200 mm/ 46.8 inch
I'm currently using the TF10 at home and the CK-700 for outside
sorry for the terribad photo
They share allot of similarities like soundstage, slightly recessed mids and how dynamic / clear they sound for cheap earphones. But overall the ES800M sound better then the CK700. The only thing the CK700 does better is having more amounts of bass, yet the ES800M have a more controlled bass and superior build quality. So for those who liked the CK700, i'm pretty sure you will love these.
In my opinion the worst compared to the other ones. Before having other bang for buck IEMs the Xeport 3010 wasn't that bad. But they retail for $20 now, which makes them less attractive since there are way better options out there if you pay a few dollars more. The Xeport 3010 sound like really tiny speakers. They do nothing wrong, but they don't amaze me at anything. Not recommended as bang for buck.
Way better then the Xeport 3010 but still pricey since there is no introduction discount anymore on these. They retail for $30 at the moment but i bought them when they were $15. I like the cable which barely tangles, the different sound signatures you can get with the changeable screw system and i got the best isolation with this IEM compared to the other ones. My preferred screw was the gray one, which gave a nice bass impact but retaining a fairly clear sound (not as clear as the CK700 or the ES800M). For $15 i would place them 3rd in comparison with the other IEMs. But yet again new companies has came up with even better IEMs for a lower price (Rock-it and Vsonic).
*People say these sound like the MEElectronics SP51 so you can look it up for reviews
Recommended by the guy who said these were really good with a good EQ setting.
Even though i didnt mess with the EQ setting i could see why people like these earphones. They are cheap and you could get them at your local store (not sure if many local shops have them in store since these are quite old). These have a V-sound signature and are really treble happy. I barely use them since they don't isolate much for me and they have signs of sibilance with some of my music. I would pick the ES800M over the Philips 3580 but that could be due to my EQ setting. But people on this forum bought these for like $5 at their local store, so i can't say these aren't a contender for best bang for buck.
What can i say about these gems. Split for my #1 bang for buck IEM with the ES800M. The most non fatiguing IEM which makes listining to hours and hours of music a joy. The only downside is getting a good fit and the horrendous cable which forever keeps the tangly form in which they were wrapped up. These are rated insanely high by Joker and their retail price is only $7.11 for US headfi-ers, but i had to buy them from a fellow headfi-er for €10 which is still worth it. Get these and the ES800M and you have two of the best bang for buck IEM with very different sound signatures.
The first IEM that i bought through recommendations from lurking around head-fi. I still like the M1 since they offer better soundstage and instrument seperation then the other ones. Altough they sound kinda dark in comparison to the other IEMs. You just have to get adjusted to the sound signature of the M1 and then you would enjoy them allot. The Brainwavz M1 have the BEST cable from all the IEMs i own. But i'm really sad the price of the M1 has raised so much in 2 year time. I bought these with a discount from MP4nation for $25 and they were worth every penny back then.
Monoprice 8320 and the AWEI ES800M are #1 best bang for buck. The ES800M are a slight upgrade from the CK700. Just give them a try since they won't break the bank
Edited by Majin - 11/1/12 at 5:07am