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Background:  I am definitely not some sort of pro audiophile type.  I have never even worn a pair of IEMs before.  I have a pair of audio technica ath-m50 which I've had for a few years and enjoy.  However, I am kind of getting tired of having this big, huge thing on my head all the time.  I still love them for my frequent plane rides, but looking for something else for other usage.

 

Usage:  Will be used for playing games on computer and tv (for nights when my wife prefers quiet), watching movies on the main television, and listing to music while hooked up to my phone.

 

The three I am currently debating between:

HIFIMAN RE-400

Shure SE-215

Etymotic Research HF-5

 

So I've read lots of detailed reviews here and elsewhere but it's hard to know what exactly I would prefer.  I don't really have any way of testing out these or other units prior to purchase.  If I hated whatever I got I'd return it, but that seems unlikely no matter which the choice.

 

The whole bass thing has me kind of back and forth.  Intrinsically, I feel like a flat curve type of profile with nothing over-accentuated is the way to go just from a "hear it the way it's meant to be heard" type of mindset.  On the other hand, I do enjoy bass in various movies, games, music - just not sure if the bass I am used to enjoying is a natural bass or a super accentuated bass.  Honestly, when I am using headphones but don't want to put on my ath-m50, I have been using a 5 or so year old set of apple earbuds, so I'm pretty sure anything will be a substantial upgrade.

 

Anyways, any thoughts on those 3?  Thanks.

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I own the RE-400s.  Arguably the best bargain in the IEM world at $99.  You get incredibly good sound quality for what you pay, but then again this is true of many of Hifiman's headphones.

 

You get a lot of different tips with it, and they have a nice small profile that makes them fit quite well in the ear.

 

They are mostly neutral, but have a nice bit of warmth and excellent midrange.  Bass is definitely not powerful, but solid and controlled.  

 

I would highly recommend

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I found the RE400 okay, but a bit too neutral...maybe. I didn't get a good fit either, so take that as you will.

I personally like Etys with comply tips.
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