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Suggestion for earbuds ~$100

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Hey guys,

 

I want to get a pair of earbuds around $100. I see SE215 and the new ATH-CKS99 are pretty decent in reviews. I am wondering what suggestions you guys can give? By the way, can someone comment how the CKS99's bass compared to Bose earbuds? I hated the Bose bass, it is like Dr.Dre :S

I listen to basically everything and a little preference in mid-bass. But I would like good isolation and comfort. 

 

 

Thanks again!
HC


Edited by SNSDluv - 3/8/13 at 10:37pm
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Hey guys,

 

I want to get a pair of earbuds around $100. I see SE215 and the new ATH-CKS99 are pretty decent in reviews. I am wondering what suggestions you guys can give? By the way, can someone comment how the CKS99's bass compared to Bose earbuds? I hated the Bose bass, it is like Dr.Dre :S

I listen to basically everything and a little preference in mid-bass. But I would like good isolation and comfort. 

 

Thanks again!
HC

Which Bose unit? The IE2 (I think they have another IEM out but not sure). Surprised that you wouldn't like them, they are all about midbass. Guess the warmth, slow decay and lack of punch/impact is something that's a turn-off. In which case, the soft, full, boomy midbass on the ATs might not be ideal. The Shures are also all about mid-bass, but it's much less boomy and more about kick, though still slow in the grand scheme of things. Not to mention solid isolation and comfort that would beat the other two with ease.

 

Some other choices that are ~100, mid-bassy but tight, isolates, etc - the X10, FXT90, and the IE800/BA200 do nicely. Latter two might be stretching the budget though. The X10 especially excels at comfort and isolation. 

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Thread Starter 

Hey,

thanks for the reply! And nice DP picture btw ;)

As for IE2, I don't own it. I just heard it from a friend.. Maybe he had bad music quality. But it sounded way too boomy, kind of like the Dr.Dre type where no matter low, mid, or high bass, they all sounded the same and the bass basically overwhelmed the mids and highs.

I have owned Sennheiser IE6 before and it sounded very good, although I wouldn't might a stronger bass?


Thanks again!
HC

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I have the ie2s and after a short burn in period they really did shine in the mid bass department. They're rerelatively comfortable and theuild quality is quit good. Keep in mind they aren't noise isolating. I have westone 4s for my 'leave me alone' critical listening, and the ie2s for use around the house so I can hear the kids.
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