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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi, I'm new the forums and am looking for advice in regards to the purchase of new IEMs. I went through several suggested topics, searched the forums for topics such as mine, and decided to post in order to get a last opinion before buying one for around $200.

 

Headphones:

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 stock headphones. Currently using these since I didn't have much time to research headphones during classes. They sound pretty good for free headphones but again the right side is phasing in and out depending on how the cable is angled/hanging.

 

I also have a Sennheiser hd 598 with a Fiio e17 that I use just for home.

 

Previously:

 

I used to own a pair of Klipsch s4's but despite enforcement of the thin cable at near the headphones, they began splitting and eventually the right side stopped working. I later got a pair of Klipsch x10's which I loved for its comfort but I fell off my bike avoiding something and broke it at the L jack. Really irresponsible and I regret losing that pair.

 

Type of Music:

 

I listen to a variety of music, Classical, edm, Rock, Jrock.

 

 

Preference:

 

Wide soundstage, which I assume means being able to pick out difference sounds and instruments. According to one of the topics, Analytical might be the right description as well.

 

Programs: 

 

I use PowerAmp on the Samsung Galaxy s4. I play around with the eq depending on the type of music. 

 

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I would really appreciate some suggestions.


Edited by originxt - 7/6/14 at 9:57am
post #2 of 14
I personally like the Shure SE line. They have very good sound quality for the price and very good reviews.
The cables are thick and strong so you don't have to worry about breaking it. And if you do, the cable is detachable so you can replace them anytime you want.
I won't give you a detailed review of them since there's like a billion others already.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Is there a specific model you would suggest from the SE line? Going through the Multi-IEM review thread, a lot of the headphones that I had interest in seem to all have been discontinued, ie HiFiMan RE272 or JVC HA-FX500. I prefer to get a new pair if possible.

post #4 of 14
Sorry to intrude...

I'm not sure which to purchase out of: Bose Mie2i's, Bowers and Wilkins C5, or Bang and Olufsen 3i's From your experience, which is the best out of the three? I listen to literally everything - but mainly country, heavy metal, easy listening, Motown. I will be using these headphones with my iPhone/Laptop for use only. I am not an audiophile so none of this highs/mids/trebles stuff really means much to me (mainly because I don't know much about them). As long as they sound good and will make my investment worthwhile... Another poor student here. My budget is around £150. Thanks in advance.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

I forgot to include, I usually use flac or 320kbps.

Edit:

Does anyone have any experience with the Fischer Audio DBA-02 MKII? If anyone can compare it to the x10s, would be appreciated.


Edited by originxt - 7/6/14 at 10:58am
post #6 of 14
T-Peos Altone200. You'll thank me later.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

I can only seem to find limited information in regards to the Altone200. I'm a bit hesitant without solid opinions, especially since it is in preorder stage. If you own them through a sample, can you explain what it means to have 3-way hybrid driver and if the full metal casing isn't uncomfortable?

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by originxt View Post

I can only seem to find limited information in regards to the Altone200. I'm a bit hesitant without solid opinions, especially since it is in preorder stage. If you own them through a sample, can you explain what it means to have 3-way hybrid driver and if the full metal casing isn't uncomfortable?

A hybrid using one dynamic driver to cover the midrange and dual armatures for treble and bass.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/694003/d-marc0s-journal-my-head-fi-journey-new-t-peos-altone-200-first-impression/0_30

#23

http://www.head-fi.org/t/724546/new-t-peos-altone200-3-way-hybrid-introduction-high-end-sound-cheap-as-chips/90_30#post_10684235
A couple big names (trusted reviewers) will be receiving theirs as well soon. So keep an eye out.
Edited by Hapster - 7/6/14 at 11:42am
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Based on that person's review, the product sounds very appealing for the price. Ill definitely look out for the future reviews. 

 

I am still open to suggestions.

post #10 of 14

Rha ma750 and yamaha eph100 are both fun sounding iems


Edited by zunehdrocks - 7/8/14 at 8:18am
post #11 of 14

Shure SE215 is good in terms of SQ for the money. It is also very durable and has removable cables. 

post #12 of 14
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T-Peos Altone200. You'll thank me later.

Thats quite an interesting little IEM. I havn't finished reading the thread, but can you tell me how they compare to, say, the SE315's? I can get them for about the same price.
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Thats quite an interesting little IEM. I havn't finished reading the thread, but can you tell me how they compare to, say, the SE315's? I can get them for about the same price.

Never owned 315, only 215. So I'd rather not comment. My guess is that the Altone is much more warm and possibly more v shaped. If it's anywhere near the h300 in Sq it should easily compete with the se425 though.
post #14 of 14
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Thats quite an interesting little IEM. I havn't finished reading the thread, but can you tell me how they compare to, say, the SE315's? I can get them for about the same price.

I used 315's until they stolen :(

 

Very good earphones. Great isolation. If you like mid centric sound (forward vocals and instruments), than 315's are the right choice for you. They have very warm sound. I see here in Head-fi almost nobody likes the 315's, but, I've Westone 4R right now, (absolutely amazing earphones), but I still missing the 315's... No other earphone gave me that kind of vocal presentation.

 

About 215's: Yes they are amazing for the money, but after some time you will get bored of weak treble and seperation. 315's are much better in terms of warmness, seperation, soundstage and bass (215's bass is sometimes over powering)


Edited by Virtu Fortuna - 7/9/14 at 2:40am
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