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Which in-ear monitor is best for doing transcription/human voice?

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I am wondering which earbuds are the best for transcription work.  I listen to a lot of somewhat poor audio files where the bit rate is low and the doctors don't speak all that clearly sometimes.      

 

I was wondering specifically about ultimate ears 8, sennheiser IE8, Shure SE series, Westone 3 or 4, Etemolic research (misspelled I know) or whichever earbud is great for the human voice range and accurately reproduces sound in that range.  

 

Are all high-end earbuds about the same?  

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I would consider the Apple Dual Driver in ear Monitor. They have great clarity and can be had for around $30 on Ebay.

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Etymotic hf5 should be great for spoken word. Phonak with grey filter should be good as well. About as good and more comfy.


Edited by goodvibes - 12/5/12 at 7:29am
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Etymotic hf5 should be great for spoken word. Phonak with grey filter should be good as well. About as good and more comfy.

 

Any Etymotic would be good for spoken word I'd assume (I know the HF5 and EtyKids are for sure though).  +1 with Phonak as well.

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The RE272, JVC FXD80, Sony EX1000, PFE232, UM3x are pretty good in that regard to produce vocal clearly and shows lots of details in music.

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Accurate reproduction of spoken word isn't much of a challenge for any decent IEM. When transcribing interviews from files with low bitrates and/or high background noise, the biggest single factor for me is high isolation -- shutting out all unwanted noise. I use the Sensaphonics 2X-S (custom-fit, silicone earpieces), which is a bit of overkill but does a great job and sounds great for music.

 

OTOH, most of the models you mentioned are overkill as well. Any reputable IEM that gives you a full, tight seal with comfortable fit should do the job.


Edited by JackKontney - 12/5/12 at 7:56am
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