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College Student Looking for ~$100 IEM Recommendations - On the Go Listening

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Hello, first time poster. I had a pair of Sony MDR-EX38iP IEMs that just died, and I'm looking for a replacement. I have a bigger budget now and figured I'd get a nice set. I really liked my Sony set. I thought they sounded pretty good, and they were comfortable. I figured I'd be able to get a much better pair of IEMs for my current budget.

 

I've been looking at the Klipsch S4i II, the Philips Fidelio S1, and the Shure SE215. Ideally I'd like to keep the inline remote and mic, and I'm not sure how I'd like the fit of the Shures. I'd jump on the Klipsch in a heartbeat, but I haven't seen many reviews of them in anybodies "Top" lists. I'm open to any and all suggestions and comments. Please keep in mind that I'm buying in Canada, so that messes with prices.

 

Source: My iPhone, and my computers (laptop, desktop Bose speaker output).

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 tonal balance: I thought my Sony's sounded pretty great, though honestly I'm not sure if they were well balanced or not. I think I want a fairly balanced set of IEMs, but I'm really not sure.

Preferred Music: I like a very wide variety of music. Tragically Hip, REM, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, Daft Punk. I don't think there would be much benefit to IEMs tailored to a specific style of music, in my situation.

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

 

Thanks for reading and helping.


Edited by KWall24 - 2/20/14 at 7:28am
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Hello fellow Canadian! I picked up the SE215 awhile ago and I can say that it sounds better than any <$99 IEM I've tried, but it might not be for you, the microphonics are pretty bad and they can be kinda hard to take them off due to the rear clip design, a nice compromise would be the RE-400.

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EDIT: Double Post, sorry.


Edited by KWall24 - 2/20/14 at 11:09am
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Thanks for the response! I was looking at the RE-400, but I'm thinking I'd like to stay with the inline remote and mic. Is there maybe an alternate model of these that has that? As much as I'd like the remote, I know I don't need it. It just makes everything more convenient, so I'm trying my best to find a set with it.

 

Side note, I've also been taking a look at the Etymotic HF5, as there is a variant that has the mic (HF3), and they seem pretty good from the few reviews I've seen. (EDIT: These are too expensive in Canada, and they're additionally hard to find, so they're out)

 

Additionally, I noticed that the Sony XBA-1iP are on sale for $40 down from $100 at Canada Computers, and was wondering what thoughts were on that.

 

EDIT: I'm going to make the inline controls and microphone a requirement (I only need a one-button remote, but 3 button is fine too). I know this narrows my options but I'd like to try to stick with it.


Edited by KWall24 - 2/20/14 at 5:53pm
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Bumping. Anybody have any thoughts?

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