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New mobile rig. IEM? Closed over-ear? What would you guys buy?

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Sadly my Ultimate Ears UE900’s have fallen apart, and I am doing some research to find a replacement mobile rig.

 

I am an audiophile, but I prefer some sensation in my headphones. Perfectly flat sound is boring to me, however I am also not looking for booming, distorted, sound like in Beats or something. I actually really like the Ultimate Ears sound signature. It is a fun v-shape, but still relatively neutral and as a result no frequencies are drowned out; it is fun but still accurate.

 

I don’t know what to buy though. I constantly ruin my IEM’s and don’t want to buy something else in a year. Furthermore common sense dictates that large over-the-ear headphones can produce better sound then IEM’s. I do love the fast paces, precise, sound of IEM’s though. Anyways the closed headphone market has evolved in the last couple of years or so, and I am curious what is has to offer.

 

I used to take my IEM’s everywhere:

-          To university / the office

-          While biking in the sun / rain / hail / snow (I live in the Netherlands and my morning commute looks like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkgKYjrNLwg)

-          When attacking the mountains

-          At the gym

-          In the car / train / plane

 

Portability and isolation are obviously important to me. I wouldn’t mind carrying around a stylish headphone like the new Focals or a B&W P7 if the sound would be better than that of an IEM. However wearing an ugly Sennheiser or something in public would be a no-go.

 

My budget is rather flexible, however I would prefer to spend between €300 and €500.

 

What would you guys buy?

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Currently the Focal Spirit Classic and B&W P7 are high on my list. The Focal is much cheaper, like half price, but also looks to be a lower quality product.

 

How does it isolate though? Is it a good proposition for a run-about-town headphone?

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I have done some more research and found these headphones, sorted by price:

 

Focal Spirit Classic - €185

V-Moda M100 - €210

B&W P7 - €400

Shure SRH1540 - €500

 

I would love to say that money is no object, but it is. I can afford all of them, but I don't want to pay too much for little improvement.

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