Originally Posted by ktan3142
Hmm... I might've been a bit harsh on the S4, as if it has no redeeming qualities. I keep forgetting that they updated the price tag from $70 to around $35-40, and had the mentality that it's definitely not worth the $70 my friend paid for. On top of that, I'm coming from my RE-ZERO and HF3, so of course the S4 will sound ridiculously bassy compared to those.
As an ex-owner of the HF3 (I just sold it to another Head-fi member), I can say that the durability is nothing to worry about. The build quality of the IEM itself is good, but the durability of the included tips is a little less durable. The cable is a little hard/has memory, but that's nothing to complain about.
However, I babysit all my things, so if you mistreat your headphones, I can't guarantee the same
Thanks, I'll take good care of them .
Originally Posted by TwinQY
The bass on the HF5 are flat. Not the best if you're looking for even a little bit of bass emphasis. The tubes on them are a bit thin, but should last if you don't throw them around or anything. Certainly not going to snap right in your ears.
Wearing IEMs over-ears styke gets a bad wrap for being not what most people are used to. I can't see any downsides to it, and in exchange you get more ease of use, less microphonics, less intrusiveness.
You might be right what the wearing style concerns. I guess it's merely a matter of getting used to. The only downside is the higher price for the ipod cable (though I might also be able to go without that). I read a review that told me that the SE215 won't snap right in the ears either. Though that's not that important for me (I am not mainly using them for sports).
I had the idea that a rather flat IEM might help me training my ear so I thought it doesn't have to bass emphasized.
Originally Posted by ZARIM
If you want well balanced with good punchy bass response then JVC FXD80, Sony EX600, RE0(bass light compared to others but still pretty good and i used UE 5EB, Denon C300, IE8, FX700, so bass on RE0 and HF5, HF3 is not that light), Yamah EPH100 are highly recommended and they serve almost all genres muisc well. The Etymotic HF5 are better than HF3 and they are littlle cold sounding but highly detailed and offers good bass response(because deep tight seal increase bass) and AMPs will help to increase bass more.
Thanks for your suggestions. That seem to be pretty snazzy IEM's however I think it would exceed my budget. Never had some good headphones, so let's go step by step .
I thought HF5 and HF3 would be equivalent (and I am actually surprised about that). I thought the only difference between them was the remote. Thanks for that (in fact very important) information!
Originally Posted by musiclife
I just got the SE215, and they are defintely in a upper category than both the Klipsch you mentionned. So if you can go for them, its a no-brainer.
Did you buy them with the remote? Can you tell (esp. on mids and upper & details) any difference?
I am considering to buy some PHONAK AUDEO PFE 121. It seems that they are another league of IEM's (just judging by the price tag) and they are currently on sale (even lower than the Klipsch, but just until tommorow). Does anyone have any experience with them?