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Hi all, 

 

I was looking for some advice over IEMs for gym use.  Would appreciate if anyone had any opinions on what to go for - I'm looking for something that will sit securely in my ear, with a good cable and a remote so that I can change volume / track on my iphone, and finally with good noise isolation / cancelling to avoid hearing the various gym noises and awful music they play.

 

Given that, I'd then go for the best sound quality that my budget would allow for - would be willing to spend up to £70 ($100?), but if there's something that will do the job for cheaper then great.  I'd be happy to compromise a little bit on the sound quality I guess, to get something with an iphone remote if possible, as I'm not going to be actively listening too much if I'm running or whatever.

 

Would really appreciate any advice that anyone can give and so thank you very much in advance if you can help!

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I came to struggle with this as well because I was into working out and running long before I became an audiophile. After being exposed to good headphones for the first time my cheap headphones that I worked out in started to sound like crap. So I went out and bought some Shure SE115's specifically for working out. They sounded great until one day I got caught in a thunderstorm while out on a run and my nice, $100 new 115's got destroyed by the rain. Instead of going out and buying another pair, I returned to using the $20 Sony MDR J-10's that had been using before. Now I just buy cheap headphones to workout in and replace them as needed. It isn't worth the stress of having to worry about your investment being broken. When I workout I find that having reference quality sound is just overkill and all that I need is the distraction of music to keep me going. Anyways what headphones I've found best for working out are the Sony MDR J-10's and the MEElectronis M6 which have great isolation. If your heart is really set on decent sound during your workout many of my running buddies use the Bose IE2. I've tried them and they sound great and provide a good isolation without blocking out every single sound. Hope this helps.

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Hello ForShure, 

 

Thanks for the reply - I know what you mean about not wanting to use good headphones for running - I want to be able to work out without having to worry too much about something expensive getting damaged or snagged or whatever.  And as you say, sound quality doesn't really matter either, within reason.

 

I suppose the only thing I would like is something that has a remote that would work with my iphone for volume or maybe track changes - I don't know if you can get ones that let you use Siri etc., that would be great?

 

The M6s sound like they'd do they job if it's not possible to get something with a remote, and they don't cost the earth - I'll probably try a £20 pair of these off amazon if no one has any other ideas.  Thank you again for your advice.

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Hi all, 

 

I was looking for some advice over IEMs for gym use.  Would appreciate if anyone had any opinions on what to go for - I'm looking for something that will sit securely in my ear, with a good cable and a remote so that I can change volume / track on my iphone, and finally with good noise isolation / cancelling to avoid hearing the various gym noises and awful music they play.

 

Given that, I'd then go for the best sound quality that my budget would allow for - would be willing to spend up to £70 ($100?), but if there's something that will do the job for cheaper then great.  I'd be happy to compromise a little bit on the sound quality I guess, to get something with an iphone remote if possible, as I'm not going to be actively listening too much if I'm running or whatever.

 

Would really appreciate any advice that anyone can give and so thank you very much in advance if you can help!

Remote in cable, secure fit, good isolation - sounds like HF3 but from the looks of Amazon.uk it's almost double the budget. In which case the MC3 sounds not quite as good (slower, bassier) and a more plasticky build, but slots right in that budget range. Isolation on Etys are phenomenal, some of the best out of IEMs.

 

Also - http://www.head-fi.org/t/596233/buying-portable-or-in-ear-headphones-seeking-guidance-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-273-iems-compared-vsonic-vc02-added-02-24-13-p-641

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Thanks for the advice guys - I think I'm going to get a pair of the M6's.   These seem to be the best value and they have a mic / button for smartphones which sounds perfect.  I just wanted to check that there's no reason not to go for the M6P, rather than the M6?  The P apparently indicates that it has the button - 

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/MEElectronics-sports-earphone-inline-remote/dp/B003VTZPO8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1363430522&sr=8-3

 

Thanks guys!

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