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Hey guys. Canadian buyer here, and first time poster. I had a pair of Sony MDR-EX38iP IEMs that just bit the dust out of the blue, so I'm looking for a new set. I really liked the sound quality, balance, and physical feel of them.

Now, I've got a bit more of a budget and would like to get a nicer set for my daily commute on the bus, and just general use whether I'm sitting at home listening to music on my laptop, or going for a walk to the store. I've been looking at a few pairs.


Initially, I was looking at the Klipsch S4i IIs. I really like the fact that they have the inline mic and remote, and I'd like to keep that if possible. 

I've also been looking at the Shure SE215s, but I'm not sure if I'd like how they'd sit physically with that over-the-ear cord design. I'd be willing to try them though. The downside is that they don't have the inline remote and mic. I realize you can buy the cable, but its an extra $50, so that probably won't happen.

After doing a bit more research today, I've found the Philips Fidelio S1, but wasn't sure what opinions were on those. I just noticed they were in the 2013 Holiday Buying Guide and in the hall of fame over at


Below is just the "form" that I filled out for a post a while back.


Budget: $100 CAD, would like to keep that as firm as possible.

Location: Buying in Canada. This messes with prices, so please keep this in mind if possible.

Source: My iPhone, and my computer.

Requirements for Isolation: I'll be using these when using public transportation, and when walking to school and stuff like that. On the go, for the most part.

Preferred Type of Headphone: IEMs.

Preferred tonal balance: I'd like an overall balanced pair of headphones. I thought my Sony's sounded pretty great balance wise. They are the best headphones I've used, but that's not really a contest. I've always had cheap, "good enough" headphones and earbuds.

Past headphones: Sony MDR-EX38iP, and they sounded pretty great. The bass was there, but it wasn't overwhelming. They seemed to be fairly well balanced. Additionally, they were pretty comfortable.

Preferred Music: I like a very wide variety of music. Tragically Hip, REM, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, Daft Punk, so these most likely won't need to be tuned for a specific music style.

Extras: I would like to try to keep the inline remote and microphone if possible.


I would love to hear what you guys think. After looking at IEMs all day, it seems I'm no closer to an answer than I was at the start. I'm open to other options, and reviews and recommendations of the products I've listed.