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i was using beyerdynamic mmx 101ie until they broke recently. i noticed that i always need to replace my iems not because of the iems themselves but because of the cables screwing up. so i would prefer to have detachable cables for my next set but i also read that the detachables create another set of weak points. so im not sure if detachables are the way to go. are cable repairs cheap if i choose not to have detachable cables?

another question is do i need good iems (considering shure se215) when im not listening to lossless files and when i am mostly streaming my music? if its not going to make much of a difference without lossless files then i may just stick to low end iems.

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Assuming you're using an iPhone or similar, just stick with MP3 or AAC files, even if you do get better IEMs. IMO, lossless files are what you consider when you mostly only listen to excellent recordings and you have very expensive headphones and whatnot. It is only on those kinds of recordings that lossy compression is likely to miss the very finest detail.

 

For cables: Cheap IEMs tend to have cheap cables, so that they screw up is not so much of a surprise. You might want to check how much replacement cables are for the Shures and others first, but you'd hope that more expensive IEMs have better cables regardless.

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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
 

Assuming you're using an iPhone or similar, just stick with MP3 or AAC files, even if you do get better IEMs. IMO, lossless files are what you consider when you mostly only listen to excellent recordings and you have very expensive headphones and whatnot. It is only on those kinds of recordings that lossy compression is likely to miss the very finest detail.

 

For cables: Cheap IEMs tend to have cheap cables, so that they screw up is not so much of a surprise. You might want to check how much replacement cables are for the Shures and others first, but you'd hope that more expensive IEMs have better cables regardless.

so i guess i would still hear a difference if i upgrade my iems even if i dont change the type of files i use?

 

on the topic of cables, so it is true that detachable cables have more moving parts and hence more weak joints? would i be better off have non-detachable cables and getting them repaired when they screw up?

post #4 of 4

Headphones are definitely the first place to spend you money if you want an improvement, definitely. 

 

The Shure cable system is pretty robust. The JH/Westone 2-pin system is probably least, but many IEMs now have recessed sockets to make them more robust. I saw Sony's new flagship has a keyed socket which looked pretty good, but time will tell whether it holds up. If you're always breaking your cables, you're answering your own question really. :smile:

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