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hi everyone! i'm new in the forum, but i've read many posts as a guest in the last few years, so i'm confident i will find some good suggestions, i want to thank you all for the suggestions i've found in the past years. Also please forgive me if my english isn't so good, i'm not a native speaker and i have even more problems writing about audio stuff.

 

ok, let's start. i'm looking for a replacement for my current akg q350, after almost 2 and a half years the cable is getting dry and is starting to chap. the inner wires are still ok, but i doubt it will last much longer, so i'm looking for a replacement. They doesn't sound so good, but it's enough for me, I usually listen to them without an amp, playing FLACs and high bitrate mp3s from my phone during my daily commute or while using my laptop (it has a very bad sound card), so i don't need much more quality, for quality i use my home setup. Also noise cancellation is important, but i don't like it if it's too extreme, my daily commute involves a fair bit of walking, i'd like to hear a bit of what's happening around me, i feel much safer. another really important thing to me is the durability, i'm really tired of trowing away functioning iems just because of the cable. Even if i use them on my phone the microphone is not a must have, i don't use it much for calls, but it's a great addition anyway.

 

I usually listen to a lot of different genres, it's difficult to give you an hint on what kind of iem i'm looking for based on genre. I'm not a basshead, i usually like warm and neutral sounds, but for IEMs i don't really care if they are a bit bassier or colored, sometimes i even enjoy it, my desktop setup sometimes feels a bit too analytical and could use a bit more punch on the bass.

 

ok, i think i've said all the important things regarding the sound, if i've missed something feel free to ask. Now let's talk about the price. My budget is 150€, but i would like to stay way lower, let's say 50€, but i'm willing to pay an extra for iems of prooved durability, and even more for iems with detachable cables, i'm hoping this kind of iems can be cheaper on the long run avoiding new purchases just because of damages to the cables.

 

 

many thanks to everyone!

post #2 of 8

I bought the RHA MA 750 for as much as 90€ from the italian amazo and they are pretty great. Astonishing building quality, 3 years warranty and great audio, not too much bassy but definitely warm. At the moment you can also find the Musical Fidelity EB-33 for less than 22£ on the uk version of the same site (I bought them as well) and even though I don't think they are as good as the ma750, they're quite a bargain (used to be 70£ ca.) and great building quality as well. Also, more bassy than the ma750.

In both cases, you can hear more or less of the outside world depending on the buds you choose. With the MA I have never been ran over by a car (EB are a little more isolating but still not excessively)

post #3 of 8
The IM series by Audio Technica are pretty sturdy. I would look at the ATH-IM50 or IM70.

Plus, they have detachable cables, so you can replace just the cable if they go bad.
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Originally Posted by Fulvio View Post
 

I bought the RHA MA 750 for as much as 90€ from the italian amazo and they are pretty great. Astonishing building quality, 3 years warranty and great audio, not too much bassy but definitely warm. At the moment you can also find the Musical Fidelity EB-33 for less than 22£ on the uk version of the same site (I bought them as well) and even though I don't think they are as good as the ma750, they're quite a bargain (used to be 70£ ca.) and great building quality as well. Also, more bassy than the ma750.

In both cases, you can hear more or less of the outside world depending on the buds you choose. With the MA I have never been ran over by a car (EB are a little more isolating but still not excessively)

 

hi! thank you for your reply.

the RHA MA 750 looks amazing and the reviews are great, the cable also looks pretty solid. i'm not sure if i'm willing to pay 90€ without a detachable cable, but i'll surely consider them.

the Musical Fidelity EB-33 also looks great and it has a great price. also the flat cable should be great for durability.
Yes, i know i can hear the outside world, but i've seen many reviews with complaints about bad noise cancellation for IEMs that were perfectly fine for me, so i thought it would be better to state i'm not looking for extreme noise cancellation.

 

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Originally Posted by PinkyPowers View Post

The IM series by Audio Technica are pretty sturdy. I would look at the ATH-IM50 or IM70.

Plus, they have detachable cables, so you can replace just the cable if they go bad.

 

wow, i completely forgot about audio technica in my researches, thanks for pointing them out. Great price tag and detachable cables, those are definitely strong contenders.


Edited by KoRRo - 12/13/15 at 3:53pm
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any thoughts about Trinity Audio Engineering? expecially about the helios? i heard great things about their other models and the prices are very interesting, plus i love the idea of the changeable tuning filter, the atlas and helios are also using a detachable cable and ships with 3 of them. The atlas is a bit on the edge of my budget, but if they start selling also the helios in their site with a price similar to the price they had on kickstarter it could be very interesting.

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Originally Posted by KoRRo View Post

hi! thank you for your reply.
the RHA MA 750 looks amazing and the reviews are great, the cable also looks pretty solid. i'm not sure if i'm willing to pay 90€ without a detachable cable, but i'll surely consider them.
the Musical Fidelity EB-33 also looks great and it has a great price. also the flat cable should be great for durability.

Yes, i know i can hear the outside world, but i've seen many reviews with complaints about bad noise cancellation for IEMs that were perfectly fine for me, so i thought it would be better to state i'm not looking for extreme noise cancellation.


wow, i completely forgot about audio technica in my researches, thanks for pointing them out. Great price tag and detachable cables, those are definitely strong contenders.

I know you've probably purchased by know but the EB-33s are amazing value for the money. I thought they were great at first but they have really improved after a while. Thinking of getting myself a backup pair as they are now discontinued.

They've made me revisit most of my music collection. They sound really open for an IEM and have really good detail.
post #7 of 8
try and look into the dunu dn 1000
post #8 of 8

The Dunu "Trident" is UNDER your 50euro budget & IMO PERFECT for your needs.I sat transfixed last ight for almost an hour listening to them through the head-out on my SABRE DAC2,just couldn't believe how great they sounded for $35.00 US.$ Delivered!!


Edited by E8ArmyDiver - 1/18/16 at 3:33pm
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