I’m in the market for a pair of IEMs to replace my stock Apple earbuds (finally). They need to be under $30 and deliver a tight, punchy bass while not drowning out everything else.I like fairly balanced with attention on bass. I listen to many genres excluding country and heavy metal. Here are my most listened in no particular order: Beyonce and Adele, Classical, Acoustic, Queen, some mainstream rap and dubstep, My Chemical Romance, Etta James, etc. Comfort is a priority (I have small ears) as I will be wearing these for hours at a time. Also high on my list is sound isolation as I will be using these to drum along to tracks on my iPod. Strain relief is a HUGE plus as well as I put my iPod in my jean pocket while walking. Here are a few I’m looking at:
I’m open to any further suggestions as well. If any of you headfi-ers have personal experience with these IEMs or just something to say, any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
EDIT: I think I've narrowed this down to the gr02 and the vc02. Is the vc02 worth the extra few dollars and does it still offer a good amount of bass? I'm not a basshead by any means but I like to be able to tell it's there. They both seem to have excellent build quality (with the vc02's having the advantage of a detachable cable) and isolation. This pretty much comes down to the amount of bass. Is the bass in the gr02 too much for someone who just wants a little emphasis?
Edited by Cheapo - 6/25/13 at 9:49am