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read the excellent guide, would like some advice.

post #1 of 7
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Hey gang,

 

New member here and just finished reading the guide at http://www.head-fi.org/a/basic-guide-to-in-ear-canalphones

 

I've owned the Sennheiser CX300-B headphones for a good 5-6 years now. For the money i feel they've been a great set of headphones. But as time has gone on the cable has worn and finally broke and I'm looking to replace them. 

 

I have a few questions:

 

1) Will $300+ set of IEM's sound dramatically better? The CX300's were my first set of canalphones and I remember being blown away with the seal and how much better they sounded than outer-ear headphones.

2) I listen to classic/progressive rock, jazz, and classical. From reading several threads it seems the Westone 3,4, or 4R's would be a good fit for me. Do you agree?

3) My primary use of these headphones is at work where I sit in a cubicle and I have helpdesk guys near me that are always on the phone. My goal is to block out as much of that sound as possible. I plan to even use the headphones while not listening to music to cut out the distractions. With that said, will universal IEM's give me a good enough seal to take that distraction away? I'm not talking about deep machinery noises, just people chattering and/or talking on the phone. My CX300's help but they use a shallow sleeve which isn't necessarily deep into the ear. I think the noise reduction can be improved.

4) With the #3 requirement, should i be looking at customs? will they provide even better noise reduction?

5) i'm willing to spend 300-500, but not $1000 as I've seen the price tag for some customs. If customs were to be better for my noise reduction requirement, can i get good canalphones for my price range?

 

thank you in advance

post #2 of 7

I suggest another read.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-257-iems-compared-hisoundaudio-wooduo-2-added-10-10-12

 

 

bigsmile_face.gif Happy Hunting

post #3 of 7
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excellent thank you, nice to see an "isolation" rating for each IEM.

post #4 of 7

I think customs is the way to go... or some etymotics :)

post #5 of 7
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Can you elaborate on why?
 

post #6 of 7
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Can you elaborate on why?
 

customs isolate the most - because they are custom fit to your ears. also, etymotics are known for their good isolation - don't know why though, maybe it's because of their really deep insertion...

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Originally Posted by nihontoman View Post

customs isolate the most - because they are custom fit to your ears. also, etymotics are known for their good isolation - don't know why though, maybe it's because of their really deep insertion...

Actually, the average isolation for acrylic customs is -26db. Deep-fitted Etys can go down to -36db. Isolation on customs is often exaggerated, and can lose out to well-isolating IEMs a lot of the time. Now, if you're talking about silicone customs...

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