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Relative newbie seeks in ear monitors / earbuds for subway commute

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Hey guys,

 

I haven't posted on here in a few years, so I figured I'd approach this as a reintroduction. Way back when I was looking for good closed cans for bedroom heavy metal listening and occasional lo-fi recording, and y'all steered me to a killer pair of ATH-M50's, which I still own and love.

 

I'm about to move to a city where I'll be commuting via subway instead of car, so I'm thinking I should get some comfortable, discreet IEM or bud type headphones. I listen to all kinds of stuff, ranging from extreme metal (I write a metal column, so I end up blasting through a ton of mp3 promos) to indie, alternative, rock, etc. Not really a hip hop or EDM guy, so I don't really need any extended bass action.

 

I've been poking around the boards looking for a reasonably cheap option, and a few of the classic contenders looked interesting (monoprice, panasonic tcm125, xaiomi pistons), but I could go up to maybe 50 or 100 since i'll eventually sell or trade a spare pair of Sony MDR-X05's i have laying around.

 

Can anyone point me to some good IEM's for my intended use? Just looking for recommendations to request via trades, or for sale anywhere under $100 basically.

 

THANKS GUYS!

post #2 of 7

Fun : 

xiaomi piston 2

shure se 215

rha ma 750

 

neutral : etymotic hf series

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Thread Starter 

Awesome, thanks. That gives me a few more fun ones to explore. Any recommendations for someone that usually has a hard time keeping IEM's in my ears? Like, I dunno what it is, but all the cheapies I've owned over the years inevitably fall out of my head pretty quickly.

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Originally Posted by Ishouldbeking View Post
 

Awesome, thanks. That gives me a few more fun ones to explore. Any recommendations for someone that usually has a hard time keeping IEM's in my ears? Like, I dunno what it is, but all the cheapies I've owned over the years inevitably fall out of my head pretty quickly.


Depends on your ear size. The best advice I could give you is to get an IEM that includes a lot of different tips, so you can try out different sizes and shapes to get the right fit. They also alter the sound slightly, however, so that may be a concern - for better or worse.

 

Some good IEMs that meet your criteria:

 

  • HiFiMAN RE-400
  • Etymotic Research HF5
  • Ultimate Ears UE600
  • Steelseries Flux In-Ear

 

The Shure SE215 and RHA MA750 aren't bad recommendations, but they're quite bassy compared to the aforementioned IEMs. They're for the people who want a little bit more bass extension than neutral.

post #5 of 7
You could also try the Astrotec AX35 in conjunction with the ones mentioned above.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the suggestions thus far, guys. Lots to check into, and lots to learn about. Out of curiosity, how do you typically make a selection between otherwise equal seeming contenders in a given category? Sound quality seems so subjective that I'm not sure how to choose other than blindly, or on how a given set of IEM's looks, which is probably the least important factor.

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+1 for the Shure SE215 

 

Really if you're looking at phones of similar price and sonic dscription, I'd just see which one you can find cheapest and go with that. A lot of times, IEMs in this price range are on sale or easily found for trading. That way you can save a few bucks to find out what you really want.

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