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Good ~$150 IEMs or On-The-Go On-Ear/Over-Ear Headphones with Remote/Mic

post #1 of 6
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My previous IEMs have crapped out on me. I need a new pair of music listening devices, whether they are IEMs (preferable) or portable on-ear/over-the-ear headphones. Looking to spend approximately $150 maximum, but I'd rather it be closer to $100. I will be buying these in Canada.


They need to have an inline mic/remote that will work with my iPhone. It can be a one-button remote though, it only needs to activate voice control. 3-buttons would be nice, but not necessary. I will also be listening to my laptop and desktop, but mainly my iPhone 4S with no external amp.


I listen to a wide variety of music, from Tragically Hip and REM, to Daft Punk and Linkin Park, to Disturbed and Mumford & Sons. Tailoring them to a specific genre may not be the best idea.


I've been trying to look at IEMs as much as possible. For example, the Philips Fidelio S1 and the Klipsch S4i II. Many sets of IEMs, I've noticed, can be somewhat difficult to find in Canada though, the Fidelios for example. That's why I'd like to also explore the option of portable on-ear/over-the-ear headphones. I will be using these for the daily commute on the bus, and occasionally when walking to and from school.


I also looked at the Shure SE215s, which you can buy the extra cable with the remote, bringing them to $150. However, I'm not sure I'd like how they sit/feel in the ear, so I'm hesitant with those.


Comfort will be an important part of the decision. I'd like them to sound fairly balanced. Maybe a bit more bass, but I'm honestly not sure.


So, what do you think?

post #2 of 6

Shure SE115m for sure, if you can find it. Same (if not better) drivers than the SE215 (ironically), and has a built in remote/mic. 


Shure's are really comfy in most peoples' opinion, especially the previous generation ones (gets in your ear canal more e.g. the SE420 vs the SE425).


The Shure entry-level IEM's have great bass for your type of music too. Good luck!

post #3 of 6
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Those look pretty nice. I'll certainly keep those in mind. Thanks for the recommendation. Anybody else want to chime in with their favourites?


I also find myself ever so gently drawn towards the ATH-M50s, which would be the only set I would give up the remote for. But I'm not sure for portability how I would like them. They seem fairly large and bulky for walking around town with.

Edited by KWall24 - 2/21/14 at 4:00pm
post #4 of 6

Look at the RHA MA750i, Yamaha EPH100.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

I will definitely be taking a look at the MA750is. The Yamahas look alright too, but they lack the remote. Loving these suggestions guys.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Just posting to wrap this up. First, I'd like to thank you guys for the recommendations. I've thought long and hard about them. After being very indecisive about which IEMs to buy, and whether spending the money was going to be something I want to do, I noticed that the Sony XBA-1iP's were on sale at a local store for $40 down from $100. So after reading about them a bit, I bought them in a sort of semi-impulse buy. They sound pretty good, but are fairly lacking in the bass department, which I kind of knew going into it from the reviews I'd seen. For $40 though, I'm pretty happy.


And now I think I'm going to buy the ATH-M50's so I have something more for at home and when I'm less mobile. But that isn't set in stone yet. It's close, but I want to do some more research before I pull the trigger. Any thoughts on that?.

Edited by KWall24 - 2/22/14 at 7:25pm
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