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Best ear buds for under 25 bucks?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

As the title says, I am looking to get some simple ear buds. I do like listening to music, and I may use them from time to time to do so, but I pretty much need them to listen to the computers in the school library without bothering anyone. 

 

I just got a newegg sale email that has the senheisser cx 150 on sale for $17.50, but after doing some research, I found that the monprice IEM enhanced bass earphone are highly recommended by this site. 

 

To be blunt, I have no idea what the difference between an IEM and ear buds are, so I am kind of lost. I simple want the absolute best in ear sound solution that I can buy with exactly $24.60 (the exact amount of my paypal account).

 

Any suggestions? 

post #2 of 6

IEMs (In ear monitors). You put it inside your ear canal:

 

 

Earbuds. Stay in the outer part of your ears:

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Well then I will definitely go with IEMs, but which ones are the best for under 25 bucks? 

post #4 of 6

Well, I have the Meelectronic M6s and I have the CX150s. I think the CX150s blow the M6s away for these reasons: 1) soundstage is much more spacious and the highs, though not as bright, never get harsh, or distorted like they can on my M6s. I find the CX150s to have more warmth too. I like the M6s for the much beefier cable, but overall, the CX150s are totally worth $18 imo. Of course, I haven't had much experience with many other earbuds or IEMs except for some cheap JLs, Triton and a good pair of Sennheiser CX485s that I lost. Actually, the CX150s do not sound any different than my 485s though I haven't listened to the 485s in awhile. I also like the size and weight of the 150s, really easy to put them in the ears.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

I decided to go with the cx 150 simply because I could not beat the sensitivity rating for that price point. 

 

Thanks for your help. 

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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

I decided to go with the cx 150 simply because I could not beat the sensitivity rating for that price point. 

 

Thanks for your help. 

For future reference, this thread will be helpful:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-260-iems-compared-thinksound-ms01-added-10-18-12

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