I thought this forum is the best for this sort of stuff so I joined in need of advice.
I need little tiny earphones for my new phone, Samsung Galaxy S3. (Obviously can be used with my laptop and table comp amplifier as well.) I haven't got it yet but I hear the sound quality is suberb, so I want 'phones to match the phone and my liking. I dislike bundled earphones for their terrible sound quality. I have been raised to seek for the better av-experience and know somewhat what sounds good and know something about my personal preferences. Considering headphones, at the moment I have a gaming headset Steelseries Siberia V2, which is kinda ok as in better than the cheap headsets, but the SQ still leaves a lot to hope for in every aspect. Bought it for gaming purposes and because of good reviews for ~60€. Then I have AKG K 501, which is the best audio experience I have. They are way old and they were unused for years as my dad bought two of them when I was younger, costing roughly 200€ at the time (bought before euros). They could use more bass, but I'm satisfied with the overall SQ and definition. I also have minitower speakers, Wharfedale Diamond 10 series, which are the most bang for the buch as far as I know, costing a mere 200€ from a sale. They are not anything they sell now at stores, but are towers taken out of a surround sound bundle and they have one high speaker and two mids. These are good in terms of definition. Highs and mids sound good but the bass is very punchless as they have no bass driver and I have not gotten a subwoofer to go with them. I also had Koss Sparkplugs as iems but they broke after 6-7 years of on and off use. They were the best iems I have had and pretty nice for 30€. They were trouble to get on and get a matching sound from both sides. I never got regular earbuds to stay on/in my ear so these were still a huge leap forward from those.
As a general questions about iems, does the sound match better headphones like m AKG K 501? From my understanding (haven’t tried good ones) they would offer way better SQ for lower € as they can be made way smaller and put near the eardrums to almost completely ignore the inevitable sound fade (might not be the correct term) in larger monitors.
So what do I want from my new in-ear monitors?
- Suberb sound quality (also, I don’t like too sterile sound, warmer better, punchy bass, good soundstage and definition and so on)
- Good isolation for meditation tracks(!) and public places
- Stay on well and don’t provide too much of the cable noise
- Performs with videos/movies, music and games.
- Works with android (no iPhone stuff) and preferably has a mic and button(s) (also as accessory works)
- Small size that goes easily with me everywhere I go, preferably in a tiny pouch that holds my charger as well.
- Hassle free insertion and removing, ease of use
- Durable to last in my daily endeavours (I generally prefer to buy stuff that is a one time investment and lasts from father to son and so on, so this is important.)
- Somewhat discreet looks, yet good-looking
- Under 100€ price
What can you suggest?
From previous studies I’ve set my eye on:
I can get these from Nocs for android in aluminium, flat cable (tangle-free) and mic with 1(?) button for 70€, which sounds like a steal to me. I don’t know if the aluminium housing changes the sound much.
Shure SE215 with accessory cable with mic and one button, which works with android. They sell this in Amazon (clear for 90€) which probably delivers to my address, but there is no cable for the android on display, so I don’t know where to get this. Also the cable isn’t available in clear and costs mb 50€ to begin with, taking the iems way over budget.
What I want to know is if the Shure are so much better it is worth the extra investment and the lack of mic. Are they durable? Does the changeable cable provide long-lasting iems or do the connections wear out? (btw the extra cable costs over half the price of the iems themselves so don’t know if its worth it) Is the over ear cable much hassle? Does it in turn provide less cable noise and does it stay on better? I want this to be unnoticeable (meditation tracks) and comfortable, are the Shure that with the bulkier construction that touches your ears more? Do glasses conflict with these? I have never used iems like the Shure so I want to know this kind of practical stuff.
I also hear you can get some isolation tips for iems ie. Comply, that would make the isolation and comfort that much better. I just yesterday realized it would be nice to be able to use these while cutting gems for sound insulation and music at the same time, how cool is that!?
If you can point some things I need to take into consideration or other options I could check out. Also some comparison between these two iems would be very nice.
Sorry for the wall of text, but hope you can help me with this.