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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hello HeadFi-ers,

 

 

I was wondering if anyone can help me out in choosing my next pair of IEM's.

 

My last set was the Shure SE215, but I thought I would branch out and try a new kind. Some of the things I liked about the Shure SE215:

 

- Wires did not easily tangle so it was easy to bring out and put away in the case (which is vital to me since I am a student and find myself doing it a lot)

- Decent sound isolation

- A good "bang for your buck" IEM

 

On to the negatives. What I did not like the most about the SE215 is how easy it breaks. I've owned two now and it does not last me more than a year. I would like to think that I take good care of it (inside cleaned with the cleaning tool frequently and not subduing it to any harsh treatments), but I believe it happens due to natural wear and tear of the product. For both cases, one side of the ear eventually stutters until there is no sound coming out of it. I have read that this is due to non-reliable wiring in the SE215, but I am not an expert on this. I would also like to point out that I have owned a pair the cheap Philipps headphones for several years and they're still functional. At this point, I would sacrifice a little bit of quality over durability.

 

Since they are portable, I would use the headphones for the gym, at work or at school. I should also point out that I mostly listen to Hip Hop and Alternative Rock music.

 

So far I have looked at these headphones:

- VSonic GR06

- Brainwavz S1

- Audio-Technica ATH-IM50 (Though it's probably not an option since they don't sell it in the US)

 

Any type of help or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 6

I'm not too familiar with the GR06 since I've only auditioned it for a while. But if I can assume that your budget is around the price of a GR06, why not look at the VSD1/VSD1S? They are quite good performers and highly praised too.

Isolation can be improved using the aftermarket tips. I see that comply has added the VSD1 to their line of supported models so you can look at that as an option to improve isolation.

 

I cannot really comment on how they stack up against the other two that you mention since I've not heard them at all, but I guess others will chime in with their suggestions too. That said, maybe you want to give a short description of your sound signature? I'm saying this because SE215 is considered to be bassy and you might find that a little lacking when you try the VSD1. The VSD1 is considered to be more balanced in comparison.

 

Just a question, you don't wrap your IEMs around your MP3 player like a snake strangling its prey do you? What you just described seems to be a break in the wiring near the drivers.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll definitely look into it.

 

Quote:
 you don't wrap your IEMs around your MP3 player like a snake strangling its prey do you?

I actually just put it back in the case that Shure provides.

post #4 of 6

GR06 is a great choice as well as the other vsonic iems mentioned.

 

You could also maybe consider philips fidelio S1 or S2 depending on price.

 

Monsters gratitude is also something i really like recommending. For the current discounted price, theyre quite the performers.

 

i personally really dislike the sound of the SE 215, i find the bass very unimpressive for the price and would definitely say move on from them.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

@Cotnijoe

 

You hit the nail on the head about the SE215.

 

I'm relatively new to IEM so pardon me for asking a noob question. Is there a huge difference in quality between the semi-open vs. the noise isolations? I'm asking this because you mentioned the Fidelios which are semi-open.

 

I'm looking for a warm analytical headphones, if this helps.

post #6 of 6
Semi open headphones will allow a better soundstage and a overall more natural and realistic sound. Of course thats at the expense and sacrifice of isolation.
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