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post #1 of 34
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Hey everybody! I just wanted to start off by saying that I am new to this site, and thanks to anyone who can help me out. I'm no audiophile, but I love hearing every detail of my music.

 

Anyway, I am looking for a new pair of IEMs under $200. At first, my budget was $150, but there isn't too many IEMs at that pricepoint, so I decided to stretch it over to $200. I've had only 2 pairs prior: the JVC Marshmellows, and the original Apple earbuds.

 

First, I would like them to be comfortable, like my Marshmellows were. I would also like them to be durable. I expect them to last at least 1 year, since I am paying for a premium set this time. I prefer to be unamped, but it's not a dealbreaker if it's better that I should use one. I listen to a very WIDE variety of music. I listen to mostly (I've listed the following genres in the order that I like them) Hip Hop/Rap (90's Gangsta rap, today's Hip Hop), Rock (90's grunge, 90's alternative, punk rock), Pop (today's hits), Dubstep/Drum and Bass/Dance, and Ska (bands like Sublime, Pepper, and No Doubt). Occasionally, I also listen to Country and Reggae music. I have no preferred sound signature yet, but after doing some research, I believe that I most likely prefer a warm signature or a balanced signature. I want an IEM with bass that stands out, but isn't too overwhelming like Beats, with clear vocals and good detail. I want to be able to "feel" the music.

 

I have come across a few different pairs that I'm interested in that I have found during my research. They are:

UE Triple Fi 10

Vsonic Gr07

Yamaha EPH 100

Monster Turbines/Turbine Pro Golds

 

I have a couple questions I want to ask you guys:

 

1.) Which IEM would best be suited for my needs? First, I would like to know what you would choose based only on the IEMs I listed. Then, If you have your own suggestions of a different IEM, feel free to mention those, too.

 

2.) How would you compare the IEMs that I listed to each other, in terms of how they sound?

 

Again, thanks to anybody who can help me out. 

post #2 of 34
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Originally Posted by chobbs985 View Post

Hey everybody! I just wanted to start off by saying that I am new to this site, and thanks to anyone who can help me out. I'm no audiophile, but I love hearing every detail of my music.

 

Anyway, I am looking for a new pair of IEMs under $200. At first, my budget was $150, but there isn't too many IEMs at that pricepoint, so I decided to stretch it over to $200. I've had only 2 pairs prior: the JVC Marshmellows, and the original Apple earbuds.

 

First, I would like them to be comfortable, like my Marshmellows were. I would also like them to be durable. I expect them to last at least 1 year, since I am paying for a premium set this time. I prefer to be unamped, but it's not a dealbreaker if it's better that I should use one. I listen to a very WIDE variety of music. I listen to mostly (I've listed the following genres in the order that I like them) Hip Hop/Rap (90's Gangsta rap, today's Hip Hop), Rock (90's grunge, 90's alternative, punk rock), Pop (today's hits), Dubstep/Drum and Bass/Dance, and Ska (bands like Sublime, Pepper, and No Doubt). Occasionally, I also listen to Country and Reggae music. I have no preferred sound signature yet, but after doing some research, I believe that I most likely prefer a warm signature or a balanced signature. I want an IEM with bass that stands out, but isn't too overwhelming like Beats, with clear vocals and good detail. I want to be able to "feel" the music.

 

I have come across a few different pairs that I'm interested in that I have found during my research. They are:

UE Triple Fi 10

Vsonic Gr07

Yamaha EPH 100

Monster Turbines/Turbine Pro Golds

 

I have a couple questions I want to ask you guys:

 

1.) Which IEM would best be suited for my needs? First, I would like to know what you would choose based only on the IEMs I listed. Then, If you have your own suggestions of a different IEM, feel free to mention those, too.

 

2.) How would you compare the IEMs that I listed to each other, in terms of how they sound?

 

Again, thanks to anybody who can help me out. 

From your descriptions, I'm guessing you don't want recessed mids. That being said, EPH100 and GR07 are both good options. If you don't mind recessed mids, I would also recommend the TF10.

post #3 of 34
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Have you tried the vsonic gr07 bass edition? If so, how would you compare the sound quality between it and the eph 100? Which one is bassier?
post #4 of 34

I would steer away from monster turbines (can't say the same for the golds though) if you want to enjoy your rock for I find the the MT to be lacking in clarity (muffled sound).

post #5 of 34
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Originally Posted by calpiyuki View Post

I would steer away from monster turbines (can't say the same for the golds though) if you want to enjoy your rock for I find the the MT to be lacking in clarity (muffled sound).

Thanks. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about the turbines. I am more interested in the Pro golds because I have heard they have smooth bass while not hurting the mids too much. Is true though, that many monster products lack durability and that they fall apart easily?

 

Also, do you have any other recommendations for myself? Really stuck, here. frown.gif

post #6 of 34

Ive tried the GR07s personally, and they're really awesome.

The monster turbines, I've heard, are pretty good but the one time I tried buying them, they were fake. But I mean, a real set of turbines should be pretty decent.

post #7 of 34

If I could make a suggestion, I would figure out a way to purchase something from overseas (that is assuming you are in USA) and buy a set of IE80s from Germany or Italy or France.

They are cheaper by a longshot, and the shipping does not take too long.

 

My IE80s were purchased on amazon.de. This is Germany's amazon, and they cost about 200 euros.

In the states, they run about 449.99 on amazon.com....AND also one thing with the IE80s is you MUST buy from a authorized dealer, so amazon.de is a good source.

Find a friend who has a travel rewards credit card, or find a german friend who can help you. It's worth it, I saved about 180 bucks using a travel rewards visa card and waiting the 2 week shipping period.... If you were to purchase IE80 with this method, youd end up being a little bit over your 200 budget, but its worth it!

 

But back to the actual details, the GR07s are actually pretty darn awesome. I tried them once and I have to say, I remember looking down at the IE80s in my hand and almost, almost, almost thinking that I should have bought the GR07s (perhaps because of the DAP at the time) but still they aren't bad at all.

post #8 of 34
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Originally Posted by TSDragonnn View Post

Ive tried the GR07s personally, and they're really awesome.

The monster turbines, I've heard, are pretty good but the one time I tried buying them, they were fake. But I mean, a real set of turbines should be pretty decent.

So far, after the replies and some research, it looks like the eph 100 and the gr07 are the right type of iems for me. Can you elaborate on your experience from the gr07s? I want to know if they are a good all rounder since I listen to a variety of music. Thanks in advance

post #9 of 34
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Originally Posted by TSDragonnn View Post

If I could make a suggestion, I would figure out a way to purchase something from overseas (that is assuming you are in USA) and buy a set of IE80s from Germany or Italy or France.

They are cheaper by a longshot, and the shipping does not take too long.

 

My IE80s were purchased on amazon.de. This is Germany's amazon, and they cost about 200 euros.

In the states, they run about 449.99 on amazon.com....AND also one thing with the IE80s is you MUST buy from a authorized dealer, so amazon.de is a good source.

Find a friend who has a travel rewards credit card, or find a german friend who can help you. It's worth it, I saved about 180 bucks using a travel rewards visa card and waiting the 2 week shipping period.... If you were to purchase IE80 with this method, youd end up being a little bit over your 200 budget, but its worth it!

 

But back to the actual details, the GR07s are actually pretty darn awesome. I tried them once and I have to say, I remember looking down at the IE80s in my hand and almost, almost, almost thinking that I should have bought the GR07s (perhaps because of the DAP at the time) but still they aren't bad at all.

Yeah, I will definitely check those out. But first, I will have to do some research on them. I have always looked past the IE80s for there price tag, but this sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Do you have the link, by any chance? 

post #10 of 34
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Originally Posted by chobbs985 View Post

Yeah, I will definitely check those out. But first, I will have to do some research on them. I have always looked past the IE80s for there price tag, but this sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Do you have the link, by any chance? 

Well, just go to

amazon.de and search for IE80. It will be the first result and the whole website is in German. So if you can read it, you're gonna have to ask for help.

What I did was actually use two internet browsers at once (Chrome and Firefox) and I would open amazon.de AND amazon.com on each of them. 

Then I would go thru the process of buying these headphones on both the German and American amazon websites... this way you don't have to worry about not understanding the language, the format of the two websites is identical. And when you reach the page where you give credit card info, just pay on amazon.de and then finalize the payment and you're set!

Afterwards you will receive a confirmation email and then afterwards its up to you to wait (patiently hahaha) for them!

 

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Originally Posted by chobbs985 View Post

So far, after the replies and some research, it looks like the eph 100 and the gr07 are the right type of iems for me. Can you elaborate on your experience from the gr07s? I want to know if they are a good all rounder since I listen to a variety of music. Thanks in advance

Well I tried them only once, but i do remember the sound stage and the bass were really good. They were also pretty darn comfortable!

post #11 of 34
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Originally Posted by TSDragonnn View Post

Well, just go to

amazon.de and search for IE80. It will be the first result and the whole website is in German. So if you can read it, you're gonna have to ask for help.

What I did was actually use two internet browsers at once (Chrome and Firefox) and I would open amazon.de AND amazon.com on each of them. 

Then I would go thru the process of buying these headphones on both the German and American amazon websites... this way you don't have to worry about not understanding the language, the format of the two websites is identical. And when you reach the page where you give credit card info, just pay on amazon.de and then finalize the payment and you're set!

Afterwards you will receive a confirmation email and then afterwards its up to you to wait (patiently hahaha) for them!

 

Well I tried them only once, but i do remember the sound stage and the bass were really good. They were also pretty darn comfortable!

ok, I use chrome and I also have the google translate plug in installed, so I can read foreign sites. But after purchase it online, will it reach my address ( i do live in the usa)? I would be nervous because since it's not an English site, there would be something wrong in the shipment process. 

 

Also may I ask where you tried gr07s out? It would be awesome if there's a way that I can try them out before I buy them

post #12 of 34
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Originally Posted by chobbs985 View Post

ok, I use chrome and I also have the google translate plug in installed, so I can read foreign sites. But after purchase it online, will it reach my address ( i do live in the usa)? I would be nervous because since it's not an English site, there would be something wrong in the shipment process. 

 

Also may I ask where you tried gr07s out? It would be awesome if there's a way that I can try them out before I buy them

I really hope the google translate really works! Last time I used it on a chinese website, it did not work...

And yes, they have international shipping, which added if I remember correctly about 12 euros to the total, but the package reached my house within 15 days and it was perfect. Even without burning the earphones in, I knew they were real the second I tried them with my iPhone as a source.

 

Also, the GR07s I tried were a friend and fellow bandmate...so unless you want to come all the way to California to meet him, there really is no way to try them.

Thats the thing with many of the products that we will run into, we cant really try them before purchasing them. Try to find meets in your area and go to them! You will meet alot of cool people and be able to see what they are all packing!.

post #13 of 34
Thread Starter 

Thanks, man! I really needed your help. Please let me know if you have any more suggestions for me! You really got me intrigued on the IE80s!

post #14 of 34
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Originally Posted by chobbs985 View Post

Thanks, man! I really needed your help. Please let me know if you have any more suggestions for me! You really got me intrigued on the IE80s!

Hahaha no problem man...

I mean, they aren't the best earphones out there... but they are really good...like really good, a really good amount of bass. The soundstage is better than the GR07s for sure. and I've tried the Shure535's, and I'd take the IE80s over the 535's anyday.

 

I don't have as much experience as some of the other people on this forum, but out of all the audio gear I have tried the IE80s are my favorite!

 

If you don't get the IE80s then you can get some cheaper IEMs and focus on the source, (getting FLAC music or figuring out which DAC/amp is good for you, which is something I don't really understand). It just depends on your budget, someday in the future you can work towards a set of $1000 of customs!

 

But goodluck!

post #15 of 34

From your selection of genres, I can see that you really need the bass extension to fully enjoy listening to your tunes. Thus I believe that the GR07 Bass Edition would be perfect for you.

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