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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi

I'm asking for your help and advice with buying some good quality earphones. I am very new to the earphone world, have already spent a several hours looking at the posts on this forum and am quite overwhelmed with all the choices and information available. I thought I might have some more luck contacting you and hearing from you directly.

So, if I tell you what I specifically want, maybe you could help me. I have a Sandisk Sansa Clip+ and want to buy some isolating earphones for it so that I can listen in public areas with minimal distraction. I would like to spend under $400, and will mostly be listening to high fidelity FLAC classical music and binaural sounds on my Sansa and some pop/rock mp3 music on my iPod mini.

I am no sound expert, nor have I done much listening with any earphones over $50 but am looking for something to be impressed by. Earphones that produce a good all round sound. Sorry, I don't have all the technical lingo in my vocab to describe this, but it would be great to hear my binaurals and classical music as if I was in the same room as the musicians positioned somewhere in the first 10 front rows.

I hope this helps and I appreciate whatever you can direct me to.

Jim
post #2 of 5

Welcome to head-fi

Sorry about your wallet.

 

Etymotic HF2 has a good price right now

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002KQ5MAK/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1XSKX516SZ9FSWF1J7ME&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1630083502&pf_rd_i=507846

 

Hifiman re-400

http://www.amazon.com/HiFiMAN-RE400-HIFIMAN-RE-400-HEADPHONES/dp/B00AWLEAH6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381752274&sr=1-1&keywords=hifiman+re-400

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your suggestions. I am looking for something in a higher price bracket though. Around the $400 mark that works well with the sansa, isolation and in-ear.
post #4 of 5

Save your money bro. Both IEMs I mentioned deliver 95% of the quality you could get from your source but if you insist:

 

Within your price bracket, the ue900, w4r and se535 are good choices. http://www.head-fi.org/t/679046/comparison-review-the-quads-westone-w4r-vs-logitech-ue-900-vs-sony-xba-40

 

You could go with customs CIEMs. The JH5 and the V3 are well praised too

http://www.jhaudio.com/product/jh5-pro-custom-ear-monitor

http://www.1964ears.com/products_triples.html

 

In any case, feel free to spend the amount of money you want, but just to let you know:

 

Quoted:

-"First off, I am going to reiterate a point which I have made in several other articles since many of our readers are not familiar with the audiophile world when it comes to sound quality. With high end audio equipment, the value per dollar greatly decreases as you go up the cost ladder. For example, a piece of audio equipment that costs twice as much may only sound slightly better. But this is what the audiophile world is all about. People spend big bucks on audio equipment to get ultimately great sound rather than spend less and maybe settle for only great sound. And remember, good sound quality is a very personal thing. If it sounds good to you, you have accomplished your goal, (but to be on the safe side, you might just consider avoiding listening to someone else’s audiophile setup)."

- "...I've learned that once you get up to a certain level in the audiophile headphone world, one headphone is not necessarily better than another"....

Copyright © 2009 Bill K and Listening Station

post #5 of 5
Totally agree with the quote.

You are looking for high fidelity in an IEM for classical.

Focus on comfort and convenience first.

Do you have headphones or speakers? If so, simplest bet is to go with the same manufacturer, as you'll be familiar already with their sound signature.

If not, Shure are safe bets for opera, vocal music; Sennheiser for a warmer sound for orchestral and solo instrument (piano, violin, cello, quartets, etc.) performance. Either are great for all of it. Choose something in the $200-$400 range and you won't go wrong.

Expect IEMs no matter what the price to be different and possibly alien at first. Acclimatize over time. Stay at low volumes, you'll hear more detail. You'll love the isolation from interfering noise of any sort.



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