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New IEM around 100 USD - Replacing Meelec A161

post #1 of 7
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Hi everyone,

 

Recently I sold my Meelec A161P (wasn't really satisfied with the build quality, cable, etc). I'm looking for a good replacement around 100 USD.

 

What am I looking for?

 

- A good overall performer with clarity and good stage representation

- Suitable for the following genres:

- rock, classic rock mainly from the 70s, 80s - Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, Kansas, Journey, Dire Straits

- metal - rather the rhytmic from the 90s, not the ultra brutal line - Pantera, metallica, Running Wild, Iron Maiden

- some new rock and metal bands after 2000 - Korn, 3 doors down, Creed, Disturbed, Guano Apes, Trivium

- symhonic metal - Nigthwish, Within Temptation

 

What are the expectations?

 

- Preferably detailed mids with a warm sound signature fitting for instrumental music

- Clarity - detailed sounds, good separation of instruments

- I'm not a bass head, but would be good if the new player is able to provide at least a little better stage representation than the Meelec A161P. I really liked it's sound clarity, but sometimes I just found it too flat - the instruments sounded nice and clear, but I felt like everything was recorded in a narrow studio, could not really "imagine myself into the space"

- Decent build quality - durable and comfortable - preferably metal housing with a flexible cable, with a 180 degree jack plug - I just do not like 45 or 90 degree plugs, not omfortable in a pocket - usually listening to music from my phone (HTC One X - planning to replace it alter to a ebtter player)

 

What did I found so far?

 

- Creative Aurvana In-Ear3

- RHA MA750i - I like this the most, the build quality would be exactly the same what I'm looking for. Not sure though if it would fit to the above mentioned music

- Rockit R50 - not so happy about the cable, don't want to end up like with the Meelec

 

What do you think, is RHA a bad decision here ? Or are there any other recommended items I'm not aware of ? I checked the discovery thread, but do not want to experience with such items where there were only 1-2 reviews made

 

thanks in advance

post #2 of 7

Consider the re400 and vsonic gr07 be. Both are wonderful and right around your budget. I'd take the vsonic myself...it's my favorite. 

post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Consider the re400 and vsonic gr07 be. Both are wonderful and right around your budget. I'd take the vsonic myself...it's my favorite. 

Its also on my list but I'm just not sure about build quality and also not a fan og 90' jack plugs. Carrying the device in your pocket, broken cable is guaranteed on the long term.

Any other players I should consider ?
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Just bumping the thread to see if there are any recommendations. Also considering waiting for the vsonic vsd3/5
post #5 of 7

The Etymotic HF5 would be a good choice 

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by mark5hs View Post
 

The Etymotic HF5 would be a good choice 

HF5 is very good in general. I listen to similar genres as OP and HF5 does well there. However, for me they lack a bit of impact and airiness, but on the other hand I didn't hear many IEMs in this price range so I don't know how they compare.

Currently HF5 is my goto IEM for traveling, as it offers superb isolation and sits securely in the ear. When I don't need to move around and I'm in relatively quiet place I prefer Sennheiser IE8 which I bought used for about $100, but that's different tier.

I also have TDK IE800 which offers more bass impact, but they have less resolution than HF5 and I definitely prefer HF5's mids.

post #7 of 7
Gr07, and Hifiman re262 are good options. The gr07 is just satisfactory across the board for me, but the re262 really shine on certain things. They have liquid, warm, forward mids, sparkly treble, and a full bass response. They're a bit power hungry at 100 ohms so maybe a cheap amp or good volume on certain music players will help them shine.
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