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For someone wanting to get to the audiophile status, what should be my next set of IEMs?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Initially I used to use the generic earbuds that one would get from the old iPods and such.

 

Then I moved up to some white $20 Sony in-ear 'phones.

 

That was a few years ago.

 

Six months ago I took the jump and dished out $50 for the Brainwavz R1 and it was something that I won't ever regret. Now they're broke and  I have no idea as to where I should go.

 

I've been reading quite a bit on the forums but to no avail.

 

I've been very intently looking at the IE80 and even the Westone 4R but now I think that's too big a jump.

 

I actually went to [I]Addicted To Audio [/I] here in Melbourne a few days back and demoed the IE80, SE535, CKS90i as well as the Grado GR-10 and the best of them was undoubtedly the IE80s followed extremely closely by the CKS90i.

 

BUT I was underwhelmed by the IE80 because of the way they are personified here on Head-Fi as some of the best IEMs out there. They didn't feel like the $400 magnificent IEMs they're said to be.

 

What should be the next step in my journey towards high-end audio?

 

I mainly listen to hip-hop, dubstep, drum 'n bass, and a bit of random stuff I hear on the radio. The source for the 'phones are my iPhone 5 and my iPod which both will only play Lossless and when not that, 320kbps.

 

I would like to have something that can handle a bit of rough handling and a good enough for the gym (although its good enough as long as it doesn't fall out when running).

 

I would like to spend anywhere around $100 or so for the time being but if something higher is better, I'm up for it.

post #2 of 8
Get a Hisound BA-100.
A2A has all those on demo? Have to go down there sometime.
post #3 of 8

JVC FXT90, Rockit R-50, Yamaha EPH-100 are just some of the best price/performance IEMs around 100 USD.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

They look quite..weak..

 

They have a usual price of $99 according to noisymotel.com who have dropped it down to $69 and I was thinking that maybe something a bit more sturdy and heavier actually would have been a good option. Maybe like the SE215?

 

Yeah they've got an absolutely massive range of items. I remember going there a few years back to try the M50, some Ultrasones as well as Shures and this time around they've gotten na lot bigger in terms of what they can provide.

 

Spent 2+ hours there this time trying out all kinds of stuff. Even got to try the Abyss AB-1266 (http://www.abyss-headphones.com/) which go for some $6000 running off $3000 amps which had cables that cost $2000 per meter,

 

Overall, the guys there are a great bunch and what they offer in terms of service and products is just fantastic.

post #5 of 8

Personally didn't like the Abyss. Honestly, the BA-100 sounds better than the SE215. 

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
The Yamahas are $122 on Amazon and $109 at Exeltex at the moment.
And the R50 are $139 on noisymotel.com

Any thoughts on the HifiMan RE-400? $109 at Headphonic.
post #7 of 8
The R50 is very bright. If you liked the IE80 you probably won't like the R50.
post #8 of 8

I'm European and I bought almost all my IEMs in the For Sale/Trade forum here. I just recommended a few IEMs I own myself around 100 USD new.

Meelec A161p is in the same price range but is the least neutral of the bunch I have summed up.

 

Sony MH1C I own as well and they are excellent value, around 40 USD, but clearly not up to the first 3 I summed up.

EPH-100 have more bass than R-50 and FXT90. R50 is the most detailed, just ahead of FXT90. FXT90 to my ears has an agressive presentation.

EPH-100 and R-50 have a better fit. R-50 would be my first choice between the three, unless you care more for bass than detail.

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