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My S4i just died, can someone recommend a good in-ear headphone?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

So, as usual, my Klipsch S4i cable broke near the base. They were decent sound wise but it was expected that with the average build quality, they could not last too long. Now I need a new headphone. I thought I'd ask the experts here for some advice.

 

Here's what I'm looking for :

- in-ear, something not too big

- best sound quality for my budget

- budget is between 100 and 200 $ / euro. Can't spend more on something that will be broken in 18 months max...

- comfortable for long use

- if possible not too fragile as I use them for running. if cable can be detached and replaced, it would be a good thing.

- if there is an android compatible remote, better

- I listen a lot to electronic music. Headphone must be good in the bass department.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by misterfresh View Post
 

Hello,

 

So, as usual, my Klipsch S4i cable broke near the base. They were decent sound wise but it was expected that with the average build quality, they could not last too long. Now I need a new headphone. I thought I'd ask the experts here for some advice.

 

Here's what I'm looking for :

- in-ear, something not too big

- best sound quality for my budget

- budget is between 100 and 200 $ / euro. Can't spend more on something that will be broken in 18 months max...

- comfortable for long use

- if possible not too fragile as I use them for running. if cable can be detached and replaced, it would be a good thing.

- if there is an android compatible remote, better

- I listen a lot to electronic music. Headphone must be good in the bass department.

 

Thanks!

With the bolded part - you might consider being a bit more specific/partial to some discrepancies. That is to say - the term "best" is so subjective, what would you perceive to be "best"? Specific sound qualities, in signature or otherwise, that you would prefer to be excellent (I recognize that you've also mentioned that you would like good bass - that still doesn't narrow down much). Because unfortunately, nothing will be perfect.

 

Anyways, disregarding the sound aspect - the XBA-30(IP) has a remote, and while it doesn't fully work, at least the volume, the play/pause usually does for these iPhone-intended remotes on Android. Can't 100% confirm that, but something to look into. The same with the FRD80 and its remote, and the SE215 (remote version)..

 

(The three mentioned are bass-emphasized enough that they'd usually work when people ask for something good with electronic, although it varies from person to person of course). The XBA is a tad bit bulky though, neither have removable cables. The Shure would have the removable cables, the cables themselves being quite nice and thick, although I do prefer the strain relief and cable on the JVCs a tad bit better.

post #3 of 5

Don't think many of the audiophile IEM's will last long if you use them running, etc.

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hey thanks for the advice.

 

It's funny because the XBAs were already on my radar.

I looked around headfi and saw the thread with dozens of reviews, and decided to try the Fischer Audio Eterna. Never heard of the brand before, but at 60 $ I'm not taking too big a risk...

 

yes I can't spend too much on the headphones because they don't last long. They last about a year and a half in general. If the cable could be detached, they could last longer, it's always the cable that dies first. Shure, Ultimate ears, Klipsch, always the same problem. I won't invest more than 100 $ (or euro for that matter) in headphones if I don't have the option to replace the cable only. It's silly to throw away perfectly working phones because of a cable.

post #5 of 5

Sure it is, but a good way to try out different stuff :)

Good luck

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