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Best Earbuds/IEM for my particular tastes

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Well, after a few years of great times jammin' out at work and at the gym with my Klipsch IMAGE S4, my little guys have finally have given up the ghost and it's time to find a new set (which I originally bought on Amazon for $79.99).

 

Soooo, Christmas is around the corner and I'm interested in not only asking "Santa" about getting new earbuds, but upgrading to BETTER earbuds as well!

 

My questions are such:

 

1) What would be a nice, audiophile-level pair of earbuds that would be under $200?

 

2) Would any of those mini-FiiO's (e.g. FiiO E6) be of help for such earbuds? I have a FiiO E09 for my Sennheiser HD-600s which rock so hard, but I'm wondering how much any of those tiny pocket-sized amps might help any hi-def earbuds?

 

3) I listen to all genres of music, but my main genres are gothic rock, darkwave, synthpop, industrial, EBM, black metal, classical and medieval music. Any ideas on earbuds/IEM's that would give me a holistic experience more or less for such genres?

 

Any ideas on excellent earbuds that would work best within such genres (more or less) would be great. Thanks guys once again: you've never failed in my questions for great audio products!

 

Peace,

Andrei


Edited by AndreiKuznetsov - 11/9/13 at 9:07am
post #2 of 5

Hi!

 

You should read about Yamaha EPH-100, (Warm and detailed)

http://www.head-fi.org/products/yamaha-eph-100sl-inner-ear-headphone/reviews

 

This are easy to drive (a powerful amp is not needed by any means). As far as your DAC works ok, this little metal IEMs will give their best and will probably surprise you.

 

You can also consider Rockit R50 and Vsonic GR07.

 

Best Luck!

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Hmm, all 3 seem pretty good.... the Rockit R50 looks cool, but I wonder if the earpieces fall off as easily as they did with my Klipsches (a few of the reviews say it's poorly built).... My K-S4's lasted me about 2 years but I kept having to get the rubber earpieces replaced and eventually the definition of the sound started to fade. I'd like an IEM whose earpieces will be more durable and whose sound quality will last longer than just a couple of years, so that when I'm away from my Sennheiser HD600's I can still can get some mean, lean, rockin' (or relaxin') sound.

 

The Yamaha EPH-100 sounds pretty dope though. Any further suggestions or answers to my above concerns would be greatly appreciated.

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Bump for 2nd opinion

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