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XBA C10 vs. Etykids 5 (Recommend one for me :))

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hello,
I'm looking to choose between the XBA C10(~$50), or the Etykids 5 ($34). I have some pretty bass oriented 'phones (V-Moda M100, M80, Klipsch S4, Brainwavz R1, Sony MDR-E 818 LP), but I'm looking for something that's more crisp/lush, with a nice large soundstage for (mainly classical music for studying and relaxing).
I don't have an dedicated amp as of right now.
Could anybody make a recommendation which to get? Or an alternative IEM suggestion? 
I'd like to keep it under $100, cheapr the better since it won't be my main 'phone.
Thanks!
Edited by asdfvtn - 10/22/13 at 11:18pm
post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 
Bump! Buried so fast..
post #3 of 6
Hello,

There's really no IEM that offer the spacious open soundstage of full size headphone (specially open). The XBA-1 do have some pretty good soundstage but in all honesty, their soundstage is still not as good as full size headphone.

You can look into;
Sennheiser HD439 for wide soundstage yet closed design

Hope it helps!
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post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately I'd like to keep them as IEMs rather than a headset. Thanks though. Do you have any other suggestions?
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
I just noticed the Vsonic Vc02 as well. Any recommendations?
post #6 of 6
Not much experience with IEM, have only tested no more than ten IEM and of all, that is within your budget with widest soundstage from my experience would be XBA-1. However, there's is the new XBA-10 and XBA-H1 smily_headphones1.gif
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