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IEMs for iPhone [alternative for Etymotic HF2/HF3]

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===== February 2014 EDIT (same question) =====

 

Original post was in November 2012 (when I thought I lost my IEMs). Now, in February 2014, I surely lost my Etymotic HF2's. The cables were on two parts torn already, but I enjoyed the Etymotics for 4 years. So I need something new.

 

However, as I said I enjoyed them a lot - excellent clarity, balanced sound, perfect fit (at least for me), and superb isolation.

 

So simply said I want some balanced IEMs with an excellent isolation AND with mic & controls. And don't want an overemphasized bass. However, I also have Grado SR325is headphones which I totally love (but are not balanced), so if there are "Grado-IEMS with mic" I'll be very interested too!

 

I made a list with potential candidates in 2012 below, and didn't recheck it now in 2014. So, are there any suggestions for good earphones with excellent isolation and mic?

 

Etymotic HF3 €130

http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/hf3.html

 

t-JAYS Four €100

http://www.jays.se/products/t-jays-four

 

Ultimate Ears 600VI €75

http://ue.logitech.com/nl-nl/earphones/ue600

 

Denon AH-C560R €100

http://usa.denon.com/us/product/pages/productdetail.aspx?pcatid=headphones(denonna)&catid=classic(denonna)&catalog=denonna_us&pid=ahc560r(denonna)

 

Phonak Audeo PFE 121/122 (white/black) €150

Phonak Audeo PFE 132 €200

http://www.audeoworld.com/en/NL/Products/PFEwithMicrophone/AudeoPFE12.htm

 

Klipsch X7i €200

Klipsch X10i €140

Klipsch S4i II €100

http://www.klipsch.com/product/65527.18062.1020482.0.0/1014813/_/Image_S4i_%28II%29_Black_In-Ear_Headphones

 

SE115m+ €150

http://www.shure.com/americas/products/earphones-headphones/music-mobile/se115m-plus


Edited by Stormbringer - 2/25/14 at 12:19pm
post #2 of 7

I was trying to figure this out but then I got a FiiO E02i Rocky wich provides a small amp (it doesn't need to be on for the mic/controls to work) and opens up the possibilities for any IEM or headphone to use with the iPhone.

 

http://www.mp4nation.net/headphones-amps/audio-amplifiers/fiio-e02i-rocky-audio-amp-for-iphone-ipad-ipod-and-smartphones

post #3 of 7

If you liked the Etys, you may have a hard time moving to a significantly different sound.

 

Now that you don't need to have the on-cord controls, you might want to consider the Brainwavz B2 (or Fisher DBA-02, depending on availability). They have a similarly clear presentation, a bit more bass extension/impact. For my music, they can be sibilant or harsh on some tracks. If the balance of the additional bass is to your taste, it may be a better overall sound for you. 

post #4 of 7

I've got a Brainwavz B2 + that amp for $132

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Hmm... That amp looks good, but for me it's too bulky as I want to be able to put the headphones in my pocket (and sometimes use them while jogging).

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I had found the IEMs, and now, 1.5 year later, I have actually lost them. So I have the same question again (see opening post of this thread)! Are there any suggestions for good earphones with excellent isolation and mic? Somewhat comparable to the Etymotic HF2/HF3?

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I'm also looking too but with body moving bass.
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