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Please recommend an In ear headphone $100 or less.

post #1 of 9
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Was previously looking at over the ear headphones but decided to stick with in ear. My galaxy s4 stock headphone died. Prefer listening to acoustic, pop. Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars. Not into rap songs. 

 

High Priority - Isolation and comfort for studying.

Durability - don't want to keep buying $100 headphones. 

 

Looked at HiFi man re 400 but so many reviews on amazon mentioned that the headphones broke pretty quickly. 

Would RHA MA750i fit the description ? Some other recommendations ? Need to buy quick. Too many headphones to read reviews honestly..

post #2 of 9

Hi,

 

If you don't want to buy $100 IEMs, you could also consider Vsonic VSD1 (aprox. 50 dollars)

Vsonic apparently claims that VSD1 retains almost 80% of the sound quality of their flagship GR07 (which costs aprox 3 times the price of VSD1)

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/vsonic-vsd1s

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/more-less-vsonic-vsd1-and-vsd1s

 

Best Luck!

post #3 of 9

Sony XBA-1.  They are cheap, have lots of ear pieces to make sure it fits right, isolate pretty well, and generally good all around.

 

I'd describe the sound as mellow, rolled off a bit at the top and bottom.  I personally liked them better than the RE400s, but I think that has more to do with the XBA being a balanced armature and the RE400 being a dynamic driver.

 

You could also go for the XBA2 or XBA3, but I have no experience with those.


Edited by AnalogSavior - 4/30/14 at 4:27pm
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Hi,

 

If you don't want to buy $100 IEMs, you could also consider Vsonic VSD1 (aprox. 50 dollars)

Vsonic apparently claims that VSD1 retains almost 80% of the sound quality of their flagship GR07 (which costs aprox 3 times the price of VSD1)

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/vsonic-vsd1s

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/more-less-vsonic-vsd1-and-vsd1s

 

Best Luck!

 

Is it clear or bass heavy ? I want to be able to listen to professor's lectures clearly for studying. 

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post
 

Hi,

 

If you don't want to buy $100 IEMs, you could also consider Vsonic VSD1 (aprox. 50 dollars)

Vsonic apparently claims that VSD1 retains almost 80% of the sound quality of their flagship GR07 (which costs aprox 3 times the price of VSD1)

 

 

 

Best Luck!

 

Would the sound be clear for listening to school lectures ? Or is that bass heavy ?

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Would the sound be clear for listening to school lectures ? Or is that bass heavy ?

 

Yes, I think they could do the job!

 

This are clearly warm sounding IEMs, but not bass distortion monsters (like most cheap IEMs)

 

VSD1S are probably a wiser pick (vs VSD1) based on your requeriments. Both are said to be similar but VSD1S have slightly smoother highs and more midrange presence.

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Yes, I think they could do the job!

 

This are clearly warm sounding IEMs, but not bass distortion monsters (like most cheap IEMs)

 

VSD1S are probably a wiser pick (vs VSD1) based on your requeriments. Both are said to be similar but VSD1S have slightly smoother highs and more midrange presence.

 

How good is the isolation ? Can I use aftermarket tips for better isolation ? The only problem I see is that I need headphones soon and can't wait for international shipping. 


Edited by diovan - 5/1/14 at 12:04pm
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How good is the isolation ? Can I use aftermarket tips for better isolation ? The only problem I see is that I need headphones soon and can't wait for international shipping. 


They include different ear-tips. Here you can see some pictures:

http://www.head-fi.org/products/vsonic-vsd1s/reviews/9554

 

Their isolation is said to be slightly above average, but for sure it depends on the chosen ear-tips.

post #9 of 9

Since extreme clarity of recorded speech and excellent isolation are requirements,

you might want Etymotic MC3.  Very very clear.  The website says they offer

35 dB - 42 dB of noise isolation (!!!) and this matches my experience.

 

I've had mine for years and use them all the time when traveling.  The secret to

keeping them in good shape is to have and use a carrying case.  Really

mine still look new.  Others who just toss them in the backpack have a less

good experience, I think.

 

In terms of comfort, I needed about a week to get used to them.  Now,

no problem.  However everyone else in my family thinks they are uncomfortable.

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