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For me, the mic is very, very important in an IEM

post #1 of 7
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Hi all,

 

This isn't just another "help me choose a great sounding IEM" thread. I use my IEMs quite a bit for work and talking on the phone hands-free in my car. I get complaints that they just never sound right or that I can't really be heard at all. Since I am in sales and constantly on the road, this is a big deal. I have read many great reviews on products here, but they all are primarily focused on the sound going into my head and not the sound going out on a call. I do want them to sound good when I am listening to my music but that is secondary (a VERY close second) to why a need them. Does anyone have any experience with an IEM with a mic that sounds really good to the folks on the other end of the line?

 

 

Thanks,

 

Tim


Edited by fotomonkey - 5/27/14 at 11:52am
post #2 of 7

The two I use are Jays t-Jays 4 and Apple earpods.  I have never had a complaint from others in regards to microphone quality, and when I first got each I made it a point to ask everyone to comment on my voice quality.  I "cinch" up the "Y" cord so the mic is right next to my adams apple.  They both sound good too.  I am liking the apple more and more when I don't need the isolation.  Its a surprisingly good sounding earbud type.

post #3 of 7
Xiaomi piston 2
You can find them at penon audio
post #4 of 7

The only problem with Piston 2 is that there are some reports that after a bit of use the sound is starting to degrade instead of improving with use.  I have them and find them to be a fun little IEM, but I don't use them to the level some of the others do, so I haven't reached that amount of hours on them.  I'm a little skeptical about this, but it is something to consider.  Also, Pistons tend to be fairly friendly towards android use compared to some other IEMs with controls.  They were designed with android in mind by Xiaomi, who makes quite a lot of android phones, some of which are supposed to be quite nice.

 

As far as IEMs I use to talk on while on the road, I actually use Marshall Minors the most due to the lack of sound isolation, so I can hear what's going on around me (Austin is easily the worst city I've ever driven in.)  Musically, I find them lacking in bass like most earbud types, so I wouldn't recommend them for quite a bit of music.  I think I remember being understood well using Klipsch S4, and do like the sound on them assuming you get a good seal.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I'll check out both of those.
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post
 

The only problem with Piston 2 is that there are some reports that after a bit of use the sound is starting to degrade instead of improving with use.  I have them and find them to be a fun little IEM, but I don't use them to the level some of the others do, so I haven't reached that amount of hours on them.  I'm a little skeptical about this, but it is something to consider.  Also, Pistons tend to be fairly friendly towards android use compared to some other IEMs with controls.  They were designed with android in mind by Xiaomi, who makes quite a lot of android phones, some of which are supposed to be quite nice.

 

As far as IEMs I use to talk on while on the road, I actually use Marshall Minors the most due to the lack of sound isolation, so I can hear what's going on around me (Austin is easily the worst city I've ever driven in.)  Musically, I find them lacking in bass like most earbud types, so I wouldn't recommend them for quite a bit of music.  I think I remember being understood well using Klipsch S4, and do like the sound on them assuming you get a good seal.

Lacking in bass?

The pistons have a v shaped signature. You must like a lot of bass then...

post #7 of 7
You should reread my post...
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