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Like a lot of people.. Looking for a balanced IEM around $100 - $200 and/or a new DAP | HELP MEHH...

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I am quite new to the world of hi-fi so I won't be exactly be able to tell if the bass is tight or if the treble is bright or something. So like in the title, I am looking for a balanced IEM between $100 - $200 with extreme clarity assuming balanced means sounding decent with almost all genres. I listen to a range of Hip-Hop to Jazz (I have 2 songs in the Jazz genre..) to J-Pop/J-Rock (Anime Songs). Currently rocking (Don't know if should be proud of) Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 with PowerAMP and using Klipsch Image S4/ Audio Technica ATH-M50S listening to FLAC and 320 KBPS MP3 files. I don't know if I should "upgrade" my SGP 5.0 if I am unable to hear a small difference in audio quality if it is small. 

 

The bass of the Klipsch is a bit too much for me and the clarity isn't exactly on par with the M50S but since full-sized headphones isn't really portable I am looking for an IEM that is on par with my M50S or even better if possible. I would like to keep my IEM's low key unlike the flashy Beats Tours which shouldn't even be mentioned on this site BUT just giving of an example of what I mean by too flashy since I roam the high school hallways and would not like to be looked at every 2 seconds for having colorful IEM's. Just a 'me' kind of factor or something I guess. My ear canals are quite small I think since I have to get the extremely small tips from Klipsch.com for them to fit my ears comfortably. 

 

 

So basically..

 

An IEM that isn't too flashy

Well-balanced

Detailed

Extreme/Great Clarity

Can isolate well and doesn't leak at all or very much

Well-seperated (Assuming it means you can actually tell the difference between the bass and vocals)

Bass that is not overbearing

Bright/Good Trebles

Average cable length of 4/5 feet since I'm not exactly the tallest person.. (Prefered)

Straight cable jack (Prefered) 

Can drive without the use of an amp (or can't; doesn't matter since I own a Fiio E70K)

EDIT: Preferably if can be found in stores. (Best Buy, Guitar Center, etc.) But not a deal breaker.

 

A DAP that is FLAC and MP3 compatible with MicroSD compatibility 

Appstore (Prefered but can live without)

 

 

I have been looking at..

 

Yamaha EPH-100SL

Brainwavz B2 (But is a bit too flashy)

Shure SE215 

Rockit Sounds R-50 (Leaning towards to buying these)

Etymotic HF5 

Etymotic ER-4 (Decided to buy in the near future)

 

Fiio X3

Potential Fiio X5

 

I HAVE read the thread which a ton of IEMs were reviewed and compared but I would like to also hear from others and their recommendations.

I would like recommendations and/or advice about IEMs and DAPs. I am not exactly sure if I am able to exceed my budget since a certain someone will say how wasteful with money I am but anyways.. PLEASE HELP!!

 

EXTREMELY LATE EDIT: Decided to go with the Etymotic HF5; Thanks for the help!! (Bought them around Thanksgiving) 


Edited by Feilong4 - 5/4/14 at 3:32pm
post #2 of 12

Do you like "over the ear" IEM?

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Well I wouldn't say I like them but I would wear them over the ear if they are recommended to.

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Originally Posted by Feilong4 View Post I roam the high school hallways and would not like to be looked at every 2 seconds for having colorful IEM's. 

Unless people at your school walk around intently staring at one another's ear canals (I would transfer mind you, that sounds to be a sickening learning environment), I'm not too sure if this would be a problem with IEMs - i.e. monitors that go in your ears. That's right, not loosely hanging outside, but discretely hanging inside.

 

That being said the HF5 are deep-sealing, the level of isolation is ridiculous, you can get them in stealthy stealthy black. Pretty clear sounding, nice treble, blah, blah. It's efficient and all that, but the jack is slightly angled (More of a J-shape than a L-shape) so that might be a deal breaker.

 

The EPH-100 doesn't exactly boast mind-numbing clarity, to be frank.

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Unless people at your school walk around intently staring at one another's ear canals (I would transfer mind you, that sounds to be a sickening learning environment), I'm not too sure if this would be a problem with IEMs - i.e. monitors that go in your ears. That's right, not loosely hanging outside, but discretely hanging inside.

 

That being said the HF5 are deep-sealing, the level of isolation is ridiculous, you can get them in stealthy stealthy black. Pretty clear sounding, nice treble, blah, blah. It's efficient and all that, but the jack is slightly angled (More of a J-shape than a L-shape) so that might be a deal breaker.

 

The EPH-100 doesn't exactly boast mind-numbing clarity, to be frank.

Thanks for the recommendation!! I'll check out the reviews on it.

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Bump. Still need more recommendations.

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Originally Posted by Feilong4 View Post

Bump. Still need more recommendations.

I'm not sure why the HF5 was recommended when you stated your budget was $100-$200.  The reason is that even though I agree with the statement about the HF5, the top-of-the-line ER-4 is only $230 at many places (ER-4PT).  Why not go a bit above your budget ($30?) and then be able to say that you got the very best available for your requirements?

post #8 of 12

Try these:

 

  1. TDK BA 200
  2. Vsonic GR07BE
  3. Shure 215

 

 

Tomb, Is the ER4 better than the TDK BA 200 in terms of SQ?

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I'll take a look at them. (Reading/Watching reviews) @ zamorin


Edited by Feilong4 - 8/18/13 at 9:03pm
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tomb View Post
 
I'm not sure why the HF5 was recommended when you stated your budget was $100-$200.  The reason is that even though I agree with the statement about the HF5, the top-of-the-line ER-4 is only $230 at many places (ER-4PT).  Why not go a bit above your budget ($30?) and then be able to say that you got the very best available for your requirements?

 

Edited. 'Around $100 - $200' so I guess it is ok to recommend anything a little above or under the price range. Thanks for the recommendation; I'll take a look at it. btw had to manually quote you since I just posted a reply on my thread without clicking quoting. No idea if it'll work.


Edited by Feilong4 - 8/18/13 at 9:02pm
post #11 of 12

I was worried about your budget. But since that's out of the way - something to consider I've only had the ER4P for 5 years, but it still held strong. The HF5 body is slightly less robust in comparison. Not to say that they'll snap in your hands. Just something to consider. By no means am I saying that they're built badly. It's just that the 4P's are very nice in that regard.

 

In terms of sound - I'd be fine with both.

post #12 of 12

anyway just to let you know, after weeks of going through the threads here, I finally got the T-Peos H-100. These are Hybrid IEM's. They have the dynamic driver (for good bass) and a BA driver for clarity and is highly rated. And you will just fall in love with that wooden box. Check it out.

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