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post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I have lost my Genuine Galaxy S4 earphones, and I am looking to purchase new earphones.

To tell you the truth - I was pretty happy with the S4's earphones.

Buying a new Galaxy S4 earphones will be really really cheap, less than 10$ on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WHITE-GENUINE-SAMSUNG-HANDSFREE-HEADSET-HEADPHONES-EARPHONES-FOR-GALAXY-S4-i9500-/360634821388?pt=UK_Mobile_Home_Phones_Bluetooth_Acc_ET&hash=item53f782ab0c

 

As you could probably guess, I ain't looking for high grade earphones, just something simple to replace what I had. Maybe a bit better if possible.

So for a budget of up to 20$-25$ can I get some better earphones, or should I just purchase a new Galaxy S4 earphones?

 

Best Regards,

Omga4000.

post #2 of 41

Do you want the volume controls and mic to work?  Android is notoriously picky about headset buttons, I've found.

 

That said, how about the JVC HA-FX101?

 

I'm not an IEM person at all, so someone else could probably give you a better answer.  I was looking at buying the FX101's a while ago, but decided against it.  I was buying them for work and decided I didn't need anything more than the earbuds from an old iPhone since all I was doing was listening to old TV episodes.

post #3 of 41
Thread Starter 

Thank you liquidzoo :)

 

Worth mentioning: I am only able to order from Amazon / eBay as I do not live in the USA.

 

As far as I'm concerned - the JVC HA-FX101 are perfect. But I truly have no clue as I know even less than you do.

I will mostly be listening to music (Rock, Heavy Metal, Rap, Psychedelic trance) and watching films.

Because I listen to a wide range of music I need some earphones that doesn't have any "bold" feature

such as a strong bass, high mids etc..

I need a well balanced earphones.

 

Will wait for more answers to see what other people think.

 

Thanks again :)

post #4 of 41

The Soundmagic ES18 is better and cheaper than the JVC HA-FX101. The HAFX101 gives artificially boosted mid and upper bass which doesn't sound natural, and it seems deficient in deep bass. I guess this is due to its drivers only being 8.5mm. The Soundmagic ES18 at $12 sounds very musical. It does seem to give a bit of extra bass, but still sounds natural. It has 10mm drivers, so its bass reach isn't as low as the HJE450 or EX210B which have larger drivers.

 

Other IEMs under $25 that I like are

 

Panasonic RPHJE450(in white it is under $25)

Panasonic RPHJE355

Sony MDR-EX210B

 

The HJE450 is my go IEM as it is very comfortable and fits great due to it very ergonomic shape. It has 12.5 mm drivers, so it gives better bass than most IEMs with smaller drivers. It is ported though, so isolation isn't great. The Sony MDR-EX210B has 13.5mm drivers so it is great at giving deep bass. It has a very smooth, slow sound(Sony calls it rich). It doesn't have as much detail as the HJE350, but its bass is more impactful. The HJE355 has less bass than the HJE450 but more detail.

 

The ES18 for just $12 seems like the best buy.

post #5 of 41
Thread Starter 

Hello JK1 :)

 

First of all thank you for your answer!

 

Soundmagic ES18 - is 17$ for me.

Perhaps you see a lower price because you live in a different country and I don't see a seller that ships to US only.

 

I did NOT find the Panasonic RP-HJE450 and the Panasonic RP-HJE355 for less than 25$. Lowest was 35$ and 34$.

 

Sony MDR-EX210B - are 29.38$ for me (including shipping) - but that's something I'm willing to pay if they are

significantly better than the Soundmagic ES18 (which I must say, never heard of that company..).

 

So what do you say?

 

Thanks again :)


Edited by Omga4000 - 8/21/13 at 2:59pm
post #6 of 41

The EX210B gives very deep bass. If you are into getting the lowest bass, you will like the EX210B. The Soundmagic ES18 sounds very musical. Someone on head-fi tested it, and the frequency response from 30hz to 2K hz was extremely flat. It feels lightweight and cheap, but is said to sound almost like the $35 Soundmagic E10. I like both the ES18 and the EX210B. I also really like the HJE450.

post #7 of 41
Thread Starter 

I need the bass for the Rap and Trance. Though I will mostly hear other stuff.

How are the highs and mids in the Sony?

 

Also - I just found out there is a difference between In-ear and Earbuds. I thought that Earbuds are part of In-Ear..

I would actually prefer Earbuds over In-ear.

 

Are there any recommended Earbuds in that price range?

post #8 of 41

Traditional earbuds typically have poor bass, however the better ones usually have great highs.  They do let you hear your surroundings though. The Sennheiser MX580 traditional earbuds is very good. There are few choices for good quality tradional earbuds. the Yuin PK3 is probably over your budget. The Sennheiser MX580 might be as well.

There is also the Sennheiser MX375 that looks interesting. I have the MX580 and like it very much. I haven't heard the PK3 or MX375.

 

The Sony EX210B is somewhat dark sounding, ie. recessed highs. The Soundmagic ES18 has more prominent highs, although the very highest of the highs are a bit recessed.

post #9 of 41
Thread Starter 

Unfortunately every Sennheiser is over my budget.. They have very good products!

The Yuin PK3 is also around 35$.

So I guess earbuds are out of my budget.

 

I'm listening mostly to guitar parts, such as this:

Clean Acoustic:

 

Clean Rock:

 

Rap comes a lot as well:

 

And Psychedelic Trance from time to time:

 

So really confused here..

From the song examples I just posted, and regard the price - Soundmagic or Sony?

I will invest if it's worth it. Don't want to purchase and get disappointed.

post #10 of 41
Search head-fi for the ES18. You will probably see nothing but great reviews. The only bad thing about the ES18 is that it feels lightweight and cheap, and is not as sturdy as the Soundmagic E10. Since the ES18 is around half the price of the Sony MDR-EX210B, I guess you should get the Soundmagic ES18.
post #11 of 41

I found the page where someone measured the ES18.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/598627/review-soundmagic-es18-measured

post #12 of 41

Try auditioning the HisoundAudio PAA-1Pro ear buds, I liked it when I got it for a review. Monoprice also makes good value-for-money IEMs.

post #13 of 41
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JK1 View Post

I found the page where someone measured the ES18.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/598627/review-soundmagic-es18-measured
Chinese. Simply Chinese to me.
But i'll take your word that they're good smily_headphones1.gif

In terms of isolation - which is better?
And what about comfort?
There were some IEM's that keeps falling off my ear,
and others just hurt and I can't wear them for a long time..
Quote:
Originally Posted by zamorin View Post

Try auditioning the HisoundAudio PAA-1Pro ear buds, I liked it when I got it for a review. Monoprice also makes good value-for-money IEMs.
Any specific model by Monoprice?
I heard they sell generic parts, how's the quality?
post #14 of 41

I haven't tried it so I don't know the quality. I believe the most recommended model is the 8320.


Edited by zamorin - 8/22/13 at 2:13am
post #15 of 41

I find that in general the most comfortable IEMs tend to be those that are very ergonomic, like the Panasonic RPHJE450 for example, whichich has the nozzle coming out from near the edge at an angle. The Soundmagic ES18 is not like that, so it is only average in comfort.

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