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Ear Buds for Travel

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Thread Starter 

Greetings all!

 

I will so be scouring the forums looking for ideas/suggestions, but the new member guide suggested I go here first. 

 

I do a lot of road traveling, and I've taken to enjoying well done audio books and some music while on these long drives. I'm currently using a Galaxy Tab with some very durable (but so-so sounding) Siege ear buds. They are getting old and tired, and I thought I might want to step it up a bit so I thought I'd ask for recommendations. 

 

Requirements:

 

My source is going to be Galaxy Tab, or HTC ONE (M8) smartphone. While I'm a bit of an audiophile, I'm really not looking to run a headphone amp, or want $350 cans or buds at this time. So I need:

 

$100 or under

 

Blocks road noise - I'm on the road a lot, and also ride a motorcycle sometimes - I'd like to block as much outside noise as possible so I don't have to crank the volume up and deafen myself just to hear my media. 

 

Durable - they will get used many hours a day, tossed around, dumped in a bag, tugged on etc. 

 

Good smooth sound - I don't care for boosted bass, it's not necessary.  (I say smooth sound over "even"sound as I'm more worried about sound fatigue than "flat" frequency response)

 

Easy to clean/maintain. My current Siege are looking grungy, I'm going to try to clean them with hydrogen peroxide, but they might not survive the extended dip I feel is required to clean these 4 year old buds off. 

 

Since I wear a motorcycle helmet when I'm on the bike, I'd like for the buds to be on the smaller side so they don't get hung up in my helmet. 

 

That's about it - maybe later I'll graduate to something nicer, but at home I'm really a speaker guy, on the road, I'd just really like to block out the world and listen.  :)

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5
Welcome to Head-Fi. Sorry about your wallet!

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Have you seen these IEM reviews? http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-249-iems-compared-final-audio-fi-ba-sb-and-fi-ba-sa-added-08-03-12

Great place to start to get ideas.
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One thing about noise blocking is the tips matter. Comply foam are AMAZING tips for any IEMs. They will seal flawlessly. So keep that in mind when you're looking.

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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Welcome to Head-Fi. Sorry about your wallet!

smily_headphones1.gif

Have you seen these IEM reviews? http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-249-iems-compared-final-audio-fi-ba-sb-and-fi-ba-sa-added-08-03-12

Great place to start to get ideas.

 

I understand the wallet thing - my tube based home system is bleeding me dry...and in the same respect, it's pleasing me with great sound. Thankfully, I'm not much of a headphones guy - I've tried to $2k headphones on a $1200 OTL amp being fed from a decent Teak DAC, and it just doesn't move me like the 3D holographic sound I get from speakers in a well treated room. 

 

Thanks for the link, I'll peruse and learn a bit. 

 

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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post
 

One thing about noise blocking is the tips matter. Comply foam are AMAZING tips for any IEMs. They will seal flawlessly. So keep that in mind when you're looking.

 

Thanks for the tip (on tips! LOL), I'll look into those. 


Edited by Lonely Raven - 4/11/14 at 10:04am
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Thread Starter 

Thanks again guys, that info was great. I went with HiFiMan RE-400 with the Comply TX-400 (medium) Isolation Plus. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AWLEAH6/ref=pe_385040_30332200_pe_309540_26725410_item

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002OOWBWA/ref=pe_385040_30332200_pe_309540_26725410_item

 

 

From what I've read, these look like they will be a big step up from my old Siege. Much appreciated!

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