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Anyone tried the "Best In-Ear Headphone Under $30", Panasonic TCM125? Considering getting this or Klipsch image S4, please help.

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I read this article on Wirecutter in my search for a good budget IEM or on-ear headphone.  I listen to all types of music, but do prefer maybe a little more bass than average.  I normally use my Galaxy S4 or desktop for music and may occasionally use my Onkyo home receiver.  I don't have much experience with any good sounding headphones so am looking for my first 2 purchases to get started (an IEM for sure and an on or over ear for mostly home use and until I determine which ear style I really like I don't want to spend more than about $40 on each, but less would be better).

 

As of right now I'm leaning towards getting the Panasonic TCM125 ($15)  or possibly the Klipsch Image S4 (currently on Amazon for $39.99), but can't find much online for this Panasonic model.

 

For on or over ear I'm leaning towards getting the JVC HAS400 over the Panasonic HTF600.  I've read good reviews for both headphones on here, but very little comparing the two. 

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Obviously there isn't much experience out there with the Panasonic TCM125 so I'll just order them, but can anyone like Dsnuts, who's used both, give me a comparison between the JVC HAS400 and Panasonic HTF600 besides one being on ear and the other over ear?  I read through over a hundred pages of discussions on these headphones and recall reading the HAS500 was better than the Panny HTF600, but how does it compare with the HAS400?

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If you haven't ordered yet, I've heard many amazing things about the klipsch. Very good budget buds, but have a weak headphone jack.
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I've read good reviews about the Klipsch S4, but most of those were a few years ago.  I was under the impression that there are better IEM's for the price now, but just wasn't sure what ones may be better for around $40 or less, which is the current cost I can get the Klipsch for.  That Wirecutter article done within the last couple of months compared tons of headphones and said the Panasonic TCM125 sounded best.

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Originally Posted by cdepue View Post

I've read good reviews about the Klipsch S4, but most of those were a few years ago.  I was under the impression that there are better IEM's for the price now, but just wasn't sure what ones may be better for around $40 or less, which is the current cost I can get the Klipsch for.  That Wirecutter article done within the last couple of months compared tons of headphones and said the Panasonic TCM125 sounded best.
At this low of an investment, and what seems what are both great choices, find the one that has the sound attributes most important to you. I'm quite confident you'd find either one enjoyable. Just be prepared though at this cost for the materials to wear out before the drivers. Most likely, the manufacturer warranty will cover it.
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I also read this article and was just about to order another pair of Monoprice 8320 (If you haven't heard about these I suggest you read up.). So I ordered both.

 

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-headphones-under-30/

 

Feels like cheap build quality (I might even have a connection problem right out of the box) but I bought them to mod so.. it doesn't phase me.

 

They sound . just about the same at first. Not sure what this "updated sound" is supposed to mean.

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I, too, read the wirecutter article. Just got the Panasonic TCM125's, directly from Panasonic (free shipping!). While waiting for them to get here, I picked up the Sonys that came in 2nd in the review.

 

They sound almost identical. To each other, and to some $50 earbuds. Not tons of bass, but that's what I was expecting. Perfect for what I listen to: tasty jazz, rock (not techno or house or hip-hop), and audiobooks.

 

So try a pair... although I assume you have by now.

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These earphones sound amazing. Hold up against more expensive earphones. Only thing is the build quality seems a little cheap. Will see how they hold up after a while of use. 

 

 


Edited by halfinfinity - 2/2/14 at 9:06pm
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I recently got these too. I burned them in, and while they're very good for around $10, I wouldn't say they sound great. Vocals and highs are very quiet. I noticed the wires are very thin too, but the jack is prett sturdy. There's a ton of cable noise though. I will say a good thing about them is they can be enjoyable to listen to at low volumes. These won't fatigue your ears much either. These are definitely outdone by other IEMs once you get to the $40 range, but still a good pair of emergency buds for sure.
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