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My 1st Pair of Serious IEMs - Which Would You Choose From These?

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The Facts:

- Want an in-ear headphone (IEM)

- Listen predominantly to metal/hard rock and popular music

- To be used indoors (office) and outside (primarily jogging and commuting on train)

- In Australia I can get the following all at roughly the same price (<$200) so pls do NOT base on price-per-quality ratio - no, cannot say where I can get them from at these prices sorry!

- Ideally would like an in-line remote (pause/play, volume +/-) but I know it could be hard

- I an NOT an audiophile so you will lose with too much jargon like armatures, impedance and stuff!

- Yes, I looked up the reviews on here and just got more confused - case to be made for each!

- Will be played mostly on my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone

- Yes, I know its overkill for a bl00dy smartphone but can get the following at considerably less than retail RRP which makes it compelling.

- The final contenders (all roughly same price for me give or take $20):

 

(1) Sennheiser IE80

(2) Sennheiser CX 980 / 985

(3) Westone 3

(4) Klipsch x11

(5) Shure SE425

(6) Grado GR8

(7) Monster Turbine Pro Gold

(8) Etymotic ER4

(9) Sony XBA-4

 

So based on overall quality, which would you choose please for metal and popular music (rock, pop, hip-hop, dance, EDM)? Or rank them if you can. Or is there a better option in this class?

 

TIA. Cheers

post #2 of 2

Westone 3 for sure.  Westone is an awesome company who has been in the IEM business for a long time.

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