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Low budget headphones?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,
I was wondering if you could help me find a decent and cheap pair of in-ear headphones. Of course I don't expect a 20€ pair to be extraordinary, but I'd like to know what's the best I can get in this range.
I'm looking for something to use everyday when I'm out, with some sound isolation and good with hard rock music. I explored a bit and found some options like Sennheiser cx 150, cx 475, or Panasonic rp tcm125. What do you think? Some other interesting option?
Also, in case I went slightly up with the price, what should I get?

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post #2 of 9

The Panasonic RPHJE450 for around that price is quite good. It is ported, so its isolation isn't that great.


If you want more isolation, the Soundmagic ES18($12 in the US, I don't know the UK price). Sounds quite excellent. 


The Sony XBA-1 is on clearance now and a great value. The XBA-1 has great isolation(probably too much for use while walking around).  Some think it is a bit bass deficient, however I enjoy using mine.


If you can get the ES18 at a low price it might be the best value. The ES18 is said to sound very much like the much more expensive E10. I haven't tried the E10, but love my ES18. It sounds so musical. An incredible buy for $12.

post #3 of 9
I thought HA-S500 punched well above its weight. It has a V-shaped sound and burning it in with pink noise really tightened up the bass. I don't know what it costs over there, but you can always try to find a used pair.

Edit: I was thinking on ear. Sorry.
Edited by Claritas - 3/10/14 at 12:24am
post #4 of 9

I would consider the Soundmagic E10.

It's one of the best sounding cheap IEMs at the moment and it's very hard to fault for the price.

There's also a E10M version, which comes with a microphone and volume control built in, for smartphone usage.

post #5 of 9
Ath im70... cheapest two driver in ear!
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thank you all, I'll take a look at these models, I've gotta say I have a soft spot for soundmagic so I definitely hope to find these ES18s. The E10 model was indeed my first thought when considering a slightly higher price!
post #7 of 9

Well, the E10M have cost me just 30$ in total (shipping included), so close to 20 eur.

post #8 of 9

The SoundMAGIC E10 are quite good, although I needed to boost the lower bass and the treble on my smartphone. They sounded too unexciting and mid-centric. However, they work great with equalizer settings and offer great detail for their price.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Well, in the end yesterday evening I ordered the E10 online, as the price difference here was E10 - 35 vs ES18 - 32. Now I'll have to wait and see, hopefully they'll be here in a few days!

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