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replacement for defective JVC HA-FXC80? - limited to JVC USA options

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Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

longtime lurker, and love the extensive IEM reviews, so thanks for all who have contributed!

 

I had a set of JVC HA-FX80 IEMs, which I quite liked once the bass improved upon burn-in.

 

They crapped out, and JVC said they are discontinued (as is the FX300 series), so they will offer a "comparable" replacement or else a refund.

 

I paid just under $35, so I'm now being offered the HA-FX1X or HA-FXC51 (or HA-M5X, over-ear), though I'm not sure I'm too thrilled with any of those options, given I can buy any of them for less than what I paid for the FXC80. 

 

Would you suggest that any of those three are truly comparable/suitable replacements, or should I push for a refund and buy something else?

 

FWIW, I listen mostly to breakbeats, funk, other EDM, etc. so solid bass is kind of a prerequisite, but I do want decent overall sound quality (sorry, I lack the tech-knowledge to be more detailed).

 

any insight is much appreciated!

 

Mark

post #2 of 3
I suggest you take the refund and consider SoundMAGIC E10 or MEElectronics M31 or Sony MH1C. I will also recommend staying away from JVC FX1X completely.

Here's an E10 review.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/581119/review-soundmagic-e10

And the Sony MH1 thread.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/632892/review-sony-mh1-the-best-kept-secret


You will be much happier with the refund and choosing another imo.
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Thread Starter 

thanks very much for the suggestions.

 

I find it rather strange that JVC USA continues to list both the FXC80 and FX300 series on their site if they are discontinued - and why not hold back some stock for warranty issues for a period of time afterwards?

 

I will check out the ones you mentioned, thanks!

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