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Need help choosing a pair of IEM's ($120-$180) that are good for all genres, mostly electronic or pop.

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

As the title suggests, I listen to most genres, especially electronic or pop. I'm new here and don't have too much experience with headphones, so I'm glad that Head-Fi gave me the opportunity to post my questions on this thread. I'm not much of a bass-head, so I would prefer an IEM that is mostly balanced, with maybe a slight boost in bass (without bleeding into the mids). I currently own a pair of 5 year old Apple Earpods (sad, I know) and a pair of wireless over-ear Turtle Beach's, so I'm sure anything I buy will blow me away.

 

Most of the time I will be listening at a moderate to high listening volume, so good noise isolation would be appreciated. Over a few days of research, I've brought down my choices to two IEM's: RHA MA750i's and Vsonic GR07's. I'm leaning slightly toward the 750i's, because I'm liking the price, 3-year warranty on Amazon, and build quality compared to the GR07's. However, I'd like to know the difference in comfort between the two and if the more expensive GR07's have the better sound quality.

 

Sources: HP Laptop, Galaxy Note II. I don't plan on buying an amp, but if it will significantly improve the sound quality, I might consider buying a cheap portable one (preferably the FiiO E6).

 

So my question is, which of these two IEM's would you prefer? Or would you recommend a different pair that I haven't mentioned?

post #2 of 20
Thread Starter 

I'm also starting to acquire a taste for classical music.

post #3 of 20

I'm not really an audiophile in any way, and with regards to the iems you have already found I can't comment, but as an alternative I found Audio Technica CKS1000 iems to be excellent after burn in, and they just come in at the high end of your budget I believe.

 

To my ears at least (and I'll admit my ears have been a bit abused) they had great clarity in the treble and mid range, with a slight bias towards bass without any kind of EQing.  If you feel the need to tweak your EQ settings like I do, then you can get excellent bass out of them; clear, full, deep and where necessary for electronic music, thumping, but never muddy, and in my opinion, not bleeding over into the mids too much (although I don't mind if my mids are slightly recessed).

 

They will require burn in to make the most of them, there was a vast difference in quality between 0 hours and 100 hours, going from 'omg, these are awful' to 'omg, these are excellent'.  To make the most of them, EQ them to your preferred sound signature.

 

I mainly listen to EDM, which these were superb for, but also listen to rock, pop, metal, punk, classical and more, and I was never disappointed with how they performed once I had the EQing right =)

post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your input. I'll look into your suggestion and consider it along with my other two options. I'll be sure to burn them in for the proper length if I do happen to buy them.

 

Just wondering, do you use any sort of amp or additional thing with these? Also, what are your sources?

post #5 of 20

I have not been amping.  I don't know enough about portable amps to know whether it would make a tremendous difference with iems as they are a lot easier to drive than most of the larger over-ear cans.  My sources were HTC One phone, using Poweramp app for EQ, most of my tracks are 320kbps.  I occasionally listen to music from my Vaio laptop, but things definitely sound better from my phone.  I actually just left my CKS1000 on a bus so am in the market for some new headphones myself ^_^  I'd be interested to try amping my next set as I am going for over-ears this time, but much research needs to be done with regards to source, dac, amp etc =)

 

I can generally attest to the quality of the CKS1000s, at least for the year that I have had them.  I used them everywhere, for everything, and they usually got folded up and put in a pocket or my bag with no pouch, and had no issues until I lost them hehe =)

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

Yeah, same with me. I don't think amps are really a must for IEMs, so I'll probably just skip it.

 

Wow, that's terrible luck and pretty ironic. I looked into one of your threads about suggestions on the over-ears. I have absolutely no experience with these, but I've heard that the PSB M4U 1 are an amazing pair of cans for about $300 USD. I've heard they have a more balanced sound, but still have very adequate bass. Also, an amp is recommended, but I'm not sure which one would be best. Like I said, I have done very little research on these, but they seem to be a very nice pair of headphones. Here's the link to a review: http://www.head-fi.org/products/psb-m4u-1

post #7 of 20
Thank you, reading about them now ^_^
post #8 of 20

Hi,

 

You should consider Yamaha EPH-100:

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

 

Best Luck!

post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
I was actually looking into the Yamaha's recently. Do you know how the noise cancelation is and if they have a remote/mic?
post #10 of 20
Have you checked out Shure's IEMs? The 215s and 315s are pretty good.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Nonconformity View Post

I was actually looking into the Yamaha's recently. Do you know how the noise cancelation is and if they have a remote/mic?

Their isolation is Really Good and they don't have remote/mic.
post #12 of 20

I highly recommend the GR07s.

post #13 of 20
Have you considered Brainwavz B2?
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your suggestions. I looked into everything you guys have recommended, and I've decided on the RHA MA750i's. I really like the build quality and 3-year warranty, and they also retail for lower than any of the other suggestions (Brainwavz B2 can be bought currently at $124.50 on Amazon, and Shure 215 for $99). I've just heard so many times about how the 750i's have sound that rivals or is superior to headphones double the price. Once again, thanks for all of your input. Hopefully I made the right choice.

post #15 of 20
Good luck with them dude, hope they deliver the sound you're looking for! Let us know how you get on ^_^
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