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IEM recommendation, help appreciated(no experience at all!!!)

post #1 of 15
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Hello All,

 

So just to vent a little frustration I have been around the block probably hoping for too much from Full sized cans. I am thinking of going iem for many reasons. I need portability, low leakage, great mids, and decent bass. I have only had one pair of IEM's that I like I actually would find it suitable. It just falls out of the ear all the time.

 

Dont laugh but the Sound Magic e10 would actually work for me if the thing was durable, comfortable, and could stay in my ears. 

 

Desires:

- minimal leakage at loud volumes

- beautiful, clear mids(lower and upper)

- slightly above neutral bass

- decent soundstage ( I dont know how that works with iems)

- DURABLE

- enough highs to keep the headphone from sounding veiled and congested

- not to hard to listen to for a long time

- Comfortable and wont fall out

 

BUDGET: <$330.00 USD

 

I was recommended the Senn ie800 but that is way over my budget and if I got that I couldnt get the he560.

 

Even a point in the right direction would suffice. I feel like a total noob all over again. I was going to get the NAD but it looks so funny on the head and I cant imagine taking it everywhere. 

 

Thanks for the help!


Edited by grizzlybeast - 3/13/14 at 11:31pm
post #2 of 15

Need a budget IEM? Look here:


$28
VSonic GR99

 

$36
VSonic GR02 Bass Edition

$40


VSonic VC02

$44


Astrotec AM-90

$45


Xears Nature N3i
Bass Heavy

 

$65 ( $85 with Comply T-400 Foam Tips )
ViSang R03 / Brainwavz M2

 

$75
MEElectronics A151

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post
 

Need a budget IEM? Look here:


$28
VSonic GR99

 

$36
VSonic GR02 Bass Edition

$40


VSonic VC02

$44


Astrotec AM-90

$45


Xears Nature N3i
Bass Heavy

 

$65 ( $85 with Comply T-400 Foam Tips )
ViSang R03 / Brainwavz M2

 

$75
MEElectronics A151

cool so maybe I should look at some cheaper ones and upgrade later instead of spending 300 right away. I just wanted to make sure I got some really good quality.

post #4 of 15

Hi Grizzly,

 

I found joker's site to be very useful for this (still haven't decided if I want to try some more though).

 

http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone-list/

 

One important, overlooked category is "microphonics." I hate it when cables bear noise, and it's even worse with IEMs because we brush against the cable more frequently, so set the value to 4.5 of 5. I know that sounds extreme, but some of the ones rated even 4 failed me.

 

His reviews can be a little long but I noticed that the section toward the end called "Value" usually recaps the main points.

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
That site is dope! Good lookin out!
post #6 of 15

Following your criteria for headphones, maybe you should buy a gr06 for $63. Then look at $300 iems. The soundstage with IEM is pretty average (the Vsonic GR06 however have a decent one). The fit is over the ear, really comfortable for me (it have adjustable nozzles).

post #7 of 15

If you are a little base heavy, i suggest Monster turbine copper..... haters can hate, but its not a bad headphone at all. similiar is the senheiser ie80. also, westone w3r is a very good IEM.

 

But if you want to start out with a inexpensive pair, i suggest se215

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks so its pretty unanimous not to spend over 300 for one right away. I will be looking at fit a lot because I don't want them to fall out.
post #9 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post

Thanks so its pretty unanimous not to spend over 300 for one right away. I will be looking at fit a lot because I don't want them to fall out.

of course. Some people begin with IEM then they find it simply intruding to their canals (thats what she said)

 

btw, are you also in oregon? i go to school near portland

post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post

Thanks so its pretty unanimous not to spend over 300 for one right away. I will be looking at fit a lot because I don't want them to fall out.

if you want fit, i dont know any better than the Shure SE line. (except for personal molded)

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TurbinePro View Post
 

if you want fit, i dont know any better than the Shure SE line. (except for personal molded)

yeah as long as it doesnt lack bass I will give that a look. Yes I am in portland

post #12 of 15

You lucky guys. I miss that place.

post #13 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

yeah as long as it doesnt lack bass I will give that a look. Yes I am in portland

easy to drive, but clarity isnt that great. of course, its 99

post #14 of 15

haha, i go to school in sheridan

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

You lucky guys. I miss that place.

lets swap I always wanted to go to chicago. I know a lot of folks there never been. I would relocate if they had a headphone store... j/p

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