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Portable Setup for Metal & Alt Rock

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Hello Head-Fi!  I'm getting ready to start back in graduate school after working full time this last year, and I would like to treat myself to a modest set of IEMs to compliment my Alessandro MS2i's.  Unfortunately with how much time I spend at work, the gym, and library they do not get the love that they once did.  Below is a list of what i've found from searching, and my proposed source setup.  Hopefully someone with similar genre interests can help me make my final decisions, looking to purchase the source and IEMs sometime in August.

 

Budget: Sub $200 for the IEMs 

 

Source: RockBox'd Sansa Clip + / Clip Zip & 32GB MicroSD

 

Isolation: Decent, doesn't have to be completely isolated

 

Type of Headphone: IEM (CIEMs are out of my budget unfortunately)

 

Tonal Balance: Warmish / Fast decent bass & treble, not a bass or treble head per say

 

Past Headphones: Grado SR-225 / Etymotic ER-6i / Alessandro MS2i

 

Genres: Metal & Alt Rock

 

So far in my research i've come across these:

 

  • VSonic GR07 Bass Edition - $179.99

  • Shure SE215-LTD - $149.99

  • Yamaha EPH-100SL - $149.99

  • JVC HA-FXT90 - $82.82

 

I don't strictly speaking need a new source, i'm just tired of my old iPod and would like something smaller.  The cheapness of the Sansa and the ability to add a MicroSD card is extremely appealing.  I do not intend to use additional amplification because this is going with me to the gym and everywhere else i'll be going.

 

I accidentally posted this thread in the wrong sub forum originally, I have flagged the other for deletion.  My apologies.

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I keep reading reviews, seems as though the GR07 and SE215-LTD are pretty closely matched.  I've seen a few people highly recommend the HA-FXT90 as well, so many choices...

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Really leaning towards the Shure SE215-LTD for $115, also contemplating the Shure SE315 / SE425 for $150 & $180 respectively.  I've been searching for a better comparison of the three but have no had much luck.  I know the SE315 are a bit of a dark horse for a lot of people, because they supposedly are not that much different than the SE215-LTD to warrant the full $200 price tag, however i'm not opposed to buying used.

 

Does anyone happen to know of a good resource that compares the three?  If not, perhaps one of you has heard two or even all three and can chime in with your opinion of the differences.

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