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Earbuds or IEMs like/ better than Shure SE-215?

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I go through a pair of cheap Sony earbuds (DR-EX12IP) every 1-3 months. I didn't want to get something nicer for fear of them breaking after a month as well, but I'd like to give it a shot. I'm looking at Shure SE-215s.
 
My main priority is durability. I am probably not likely to put them in a case when not using them. I know it's bad. But I use headphones at least 5 hours throughout the day (sometimes more), so it's easier for me to just keep them coiled in my pocket.
 
The next priority is comfort. My ears are pretty small, so that could be an issue. And I don't know that Shure IEMs are really meant for the general public. Is there a more comfortable option out there? 
 
My budget is kind of variable; basically I want to spend the least amount on the most durable pair. If that means going up to $300 I could do that, but only if I was absolutely convinced they wouldn't break for a few years. I'm more inclined to stay in the $100-200 range. 
 
Sound quality is important too, but I figure since I've been using cheap headphones I will be wowed by anything over $100 so I'd rather lean on durability over sound quality.
 
If anyone wants to talk me out of the Shures please do! I don't really know what else is out there. 
Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

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Shure se315
Rha ma750
Yamaha eph100
Xiaomi piston 2
What kind of sound are you looking for? Do you want a lot of bass and what genres of music do you listen to?
Edited by zunehdrocks - 4/25/14 at 6:54am
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I listen to mostly alternative rock, folk, rap, and occasionally EDM. 

 

Are you suggesting the Shure SE315s because they're better quality than than the 215s? My main concern is durability, and the beefy Shure cables just looked reassuring to me. 

 

I've neve actually used IEMs before but those Yamahas looks they go really deep into the ear, and that's a little disconcerting to me. Maybe that's just me being ridiculous though.

 

The Rhas look durable but I honestly don't know anything about these brands. I'm basically just looking for something that sounds ok and might be able to survive in my pockets all day

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Originally Posted by Lilly View Post
 

I listen to mostly alternative rock, folk, rap, and occasionally EDM. 

 

Are you suggesting the Shure SE315s because they're better quality than than the 215s? My main concern is durability, and the beefy Shure cables just looked reassuring to me. 

 

I've neve actually used IEMs before but those Yamahas looks they go really deep into the ear, and that's a little disconcerting to me. Maybe that's just me being ridiculous though.

 

The Rhas look durable but I honestly don't know anything about these brands. I'm basically just looking for something that sounds ok and might be able to survive in my pockets all day

http://cdn.head-fi.org/1/17/350x209px-170511b6_MonstertrumpetsvEPH100.jpeg

The 315s are just an upgrade from the se215 but the se315 is bass neutral unlike the se215. Theres also the shure se215 special edition

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