Hi, I am kinda new here and wondering if someone could help me out with the selection of a iem. I am tossing up between the audio technica ath-im70 and the shure se215 limited edition as they are the same price where I live ($140 AUD). This will be my first decent set of earphones, my current set are Logitech UE 400 but they are dying. My sources are an iPod touch 5 and a Macbook. I listen to a bit of everything - no favourite genres, but I do listen to a lot of recorded lectures for university. (Would the im70 be too bass heavy for spoken word audio?)
I have head that the im70 beats the se215 sound wise, however what I've read about the fit issues and isolation of the im70 are drawbacks. Isolation is a must for me while listening to the recorded lectures as I live in a rather noisy house. Are the im70 fit issues that major? My ears a small.
Also the costs of replacing tips; shure olives are much cheaper than comply tips where I live (comply tips work out at around $10+ AUD a pair).
Any advice would be lovely thanks
I haven't had isolation issues, and i use them mostly between my house and work, where i mainly use the bus and the subway here (the noise in some of the stations has spikes for around 99dB, and the IM70's reduce that a lot). The fit however could be an issue if you can't test them first, i have a few issues, but nothing too annoying, since i'm considering switching tips to the Complys that come with the IM70. The headphone is very even sounding to my ears, i listen from rock to bossanova, jazz, classical music sometimes, and a lot of random music styles (i get bored really fast), and the IM70 performs quite well. If you're having issues with the tips also, i'd suggest you jump with the SE215 instead, since that could be an issue for you.