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$50: Best Noise Isolation IEM's

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
It would be a real luxury to use an IEM with excellent noise reduction/isolation, but with very good or even excellent sound quality. Is this combination possible at this price point?

I've seen the etymotics recommended for excellent isolation: 32 to 42 dBA noise reduction. However, they seem not to get the best reviews for their sound quality.

I use my philips she's from time to time now, but my guess is that they only offer, say, 12 to 15 dBA noise reduction.

IEM's like these seem like a terrific value:

http://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Research-EREK-5-BLACK-Safe-Listening-Headset-/dp/B005TOV0OM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403330288&sr=8-1&keywords=etymotic+kids

But I'm sure you guys have lots or at least several recommendations on IEM's with comparable noise isolation yet with better SQ?

I have a preference for a V sound signature but not to any extreme degree.
post #2 of 9

Etymotics are highly regarded on their sq, the er4`s are beloved by many, isolation is second to none, not sure if the ety kids are any good though, but you cant go wrong with that isolation atleast. 

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Yeah the 30 dBA+ noise reduction rating is impressive.

The kids model came up randomly in a 'best of' list in a quick internet search.

$40 isn't too bad; I suspect they might occasionally go on sale as well.

Any other recommendations welcome. It seems like ety's offer the best isolation at this price piont however.
post #4 of 9

There's also the new budget phone from Shure at $49 dollars as well.  Rated at 37 db.

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

There's also the new budget phone from Shure at $49 dollars as well.  Rated at 37 db.


 



Sounds interesting--which model is it?
post #6 of 9

Shure SE112.  Not much info about but they are the model below the 215's.  No real accessories apart from the usual s/m/l tips.  Not even any shure olives included.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks.

I did a quick search for reviews, and this particular model gets middling reviews for sound quality.

I like the ety's so far: excellent noise isolation, volume limiting feature, decent to good reviews for sound quality.



How about this: are ety tips compatible with my philips she 35xx's?
post #8 of 9
You can get he shure se215 for around 60 on black Friday sales at earphonesolutions, I owned the er4s and have the se535s and I find the shures to isolate about the same if not a bit more , plus the olives are comfortable and they have vastly less microphonics
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tip!

4th of july is right around the corner: perhaps there will be some good sales on headphones then.
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