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Looking for an all-around IEM recommendation

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I currently own the ATH-M50s and a pair of Klipsch Image S4-II (with the flat cable). I have been using the headphones less and the IEMs more primarily from a convenience/portability perspective. I am here looking for a recommendation for some better IEMs. The Image S4's are not bad by any means, and I have no problem with the sound quality, but I have some serious issues with cable noise with them. Even sitting at my desk typing on my laptop I get very bad and distracting cable noise. I was looking into just getting a clip but the flat cable has made it difficult to find one that fits properly. My usage scenarios are (in order of frequency)

 

  • Music
    • Variety of genres, rock, metal, alternative, EDM, etc...
    • Mostly from my smartphone or laptop. I may invest in a USB DAC at some point but not today.
  • Gaming
    • Not to where I would say soundstage is a huge priority, but a good soundstage would definitely be a plus. I don't play anything competitive so it's purely for "immersion."
  • Movies
    • Very rare, but as with my gaming it would just be nice to have something that could work for everything.

 

 

Does anyone have any suggestions? After my use of the Image S4 my main concern is the cable noise. I could deal with even having a step down on sound quality if I could eliminate the cable noise.

 

Edit: I completely forgot to post a budget! I'm looking in the $100 range, but I could go up to $150 if it was really worth it.

post #2 of 9

Either the Shure SE215's or the RHA MA750i's would be a good option. The 750's have a slight advantage with mic + controls, and a more durable build. As well as slightly better sound quality, IMO.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the recommendations. The RHA pair look good but I guess I should have mentioned that I use Android, so I would say Android compatible = No controls > iPhone compatible in terms of preference. It looks like the model without controls is not available anymore, but I'll still keep it in mind.

 

The Shures look good as well.

post #4 of 9
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Thank you for the recommendations. The RHA pair look good but I guess I should have mentioned that I use Android, so I would say Android compatible = No controls > iPhone compatible in terms of preference. It looks like the model without controls is not available anymore, but I'll still keep it in mind.

 

The Shures look good as well.

 

With an android, you will still be able to take advantage of the pause/play button, just not the volume rockers. You can use the microphone, too. Shure's are very good. Although you forgo having a mic.  

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Ah, that's good to know. I still think having two buttons that didn't work would annoy me, but we'll see. The microphone would come in handy occasionally...

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Sorry to bring up my old thread, but I've received a couple other recommendations elsewhere and wanted to come back here for some feedback. The others recommended to me were...

 

Creative Aurvana 3

Etymotic HF5

 

The Aurvana have the same over-the-ear loop that the Shures/RHAs have while the Etymotics come with a clip. 

 

Would you still recommend the SE215 or the RHA? Or would either of these be good options?

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Just hoping for a little feedback on the other two options I found before I make a decision.

post #8 of 9

I'd look at the Zero Audio Carbo Tenore or Ostry KC06.

post #9 of 9

I've been using my Etymotic hf-5 iems for the past couple years.  I've used them for music as well as for gaming, where they currently take turns with my Alpha Dogs.  They sound fantastic and I've yet to encounter any issues with microphonics, as I use them when I'm out and about with them running off my smartphone.  As for gaming, I find their amazing isolation to be a huge plus in regards to immersion into the game, although I did find their soundstage to be on the smaller and quite flat.  The insane detail they present, however, definitely help with picking out small audio cues.

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