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Hey guys, I need your help on selecting a pair of IEMs to replace the UE200s I've been using....

Basically i'm looking for something within $100-$130 and with a mic support (I'll be using a Google Nexus 5 as source), with a real solid build and good accessories selection. As for the sound quality, Im looking for something that's analytical but also fairly forgiving to poor quality source (got a couple of tracks on mp3, although the rest are all flacs and dunno how the Nexus counts as a source tongue.gif). I also prefer a balanced sound signature, with a slight preference on the low end as I listen to reggae and other related genre quite a bit but nothing too boomy. I also plan on investing on a portable amp soon, preferably the E07k

Based on this, what are my options? I've already looked at Etymotic's hf2 but I read they're a bit too unforgiving for poor quality source. Are there any alternatives available or should I just go ahead and buy them? I also don't mind purchasing refurbs as long as they're in a good condition and ship to my country (Bangladesh).... Thanks
post #2 of 13
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post #3 of 13

Do you absolutely need a mic?

post #4 of 13
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Well, kind of.... since I do most of my music listening on the phone and I need to pick up calls....

post #5 of 13

Bose ie2 would be a decent choice for you

post #6 of 13
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Can you describe the sound signature if you've used it?

Also when it comes to Etymotics.... Is the bass really flat with/out EQ or amping? I got a deal on a pair of hf2s which is less than the boses
post #7 of 13

Most mics only work with iPhones. 

post #8 of 13
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The three button ones, yes... The single button ones are for androids I believe... Plus the nexus supports the three button ones too smily_headphones1.gif

The hf2 is apparently designed for android use...so hence the interest
Edited by WasMan - 4/2/14 at 5:29am
post #9 of 13
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Well, kind of.... since I do most of my music listening on the phone and I need to pick up calls....

 

I like my other IEM too much in terms of fit and SQ (and works well enough out of a smartphone) that now I just learned to hold the phone up to my mouth when I take a call instead of using my headset :D

post #10 of 13
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^I do the same thing now too :P But its a real pain to do so in crowded buses and busy streets :/

I willing to increase my budget to $150. What can I get for that?

post #11 of 13

Hisound BA-100 may be a good choice and it's the only one I can think of. It sounds nice and is under $100. It comes with a nice case and it is very low profile and looks just like stock buds. 

post #12 of 13

You could always just get a cable with a built in mic and plug into that. Only downside is you'd end up with a really long cable.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post

Hisound BA-100 may be a good choice and it's the only one I can think of. It sounds nice and is under $100. It comes with a nice case and it is very low profile and looks just like stock buds. 

I can spend about $150 now... Budget got bumped up a bit biggrin.gif
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You could always just get a cable with a built in mic and plug into that. Only downside is you'd end up with a really long cable.

Long cables I can deal with... Question is do they have media control functionality?

How much does a pair of used triple fi 10 in good condition go now?
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