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Earphones <$100, focus on isolation, comfort

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Hi there everyone.

 

First off I want to say that the forums here have been incredibly helpful in refining my search for a good pair of earphones... but I can't quite make up my mind about a few alternatives and I was hoping that someone might be able to offer additional constructive input.

 

Basically, what I am looking for are a pair of inexpensive, comfortable earphones that have decent noise isolation and comfort.  Sound quality would obviously be a big plus (I consider myself something of a novice audiophile, though I suppose everyone here probably qualifies in that regard), but it definitely comes secondary to isolation and comfort.  Since I am looking at an inexpensive price range I know that I'm not going to get amazing quality, but I'm hoping for something I can use for at least a couple years without having to buy a new pair.

 

I typically listen to electronic and dance music, but also enjoy classic rock, and occasionally even classical / baroque.  The noises I am typically exposed to include air travel (jet engines), data centers (server fans / AC units), and general urban noise (highway, sirens, etc).  Though I would consider an active noise-cancelling solution I do not believe it will fit my needs with frequent travel and no desire to replace batteries constantly or carry spares.

 

Having browsed some review threads already I have a few thoughts in mind...

 

My first question is this: would a pair of after-market tips improve isolation and comfort enough that I can consider those factors less important when picking the earphones themselves?  I.E. could I pick up a pair of monoprice 8230 earphones (well, actually the 9927 for the matte black finish...) and put a decent pair of tips on them to get isolation and comfort on par with slightly more expensive earphones (like the ETY-Kids)?

 

Failing that idea, I am down to a couple headphones that I think may fit my needs.  The first are the ETY-Kids I just mentioned (or possibly another sub-$100 ETY set), and second are the Shure SE215.

 

Thoughts, comments, etc?

Thanks,

~K

post #2 of 3

Yea the shure se215s are great. The etymotics are fine too. For comfort and isolation even i like the klipsch s4, but comply tips can really solve that problem for any iem.

post #3 of 3

Westone UM1 ($99) is an option. Meelectronics A151p ($50) is another, or the A161p

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