1. Saoshyant

    Sound isolation for trips, either noise or tuning others out...

    I'm looking for some IEMs for keeping out the noise on long trips, either via plane or car.  I'd prefer to keep it at 125 or under.  Musically I listen to alt/rock, and this will also be used to watching videos.  So far, Etymotic HF5 looks nice and quite capable, but of course any suggestions...
  2. galaxygrrl

    Suggestions on Earphones

    Hi all,    So, I'm on the market for a new set of headphones given I just lost my IE 8s :(  And I thought I would ask people for suggestions of what to look at.     I loved my Shure 535's becasue they were good with the mids, not to heavy on the base and sounded great for Jazz, talk...
  3. FightBrothers

    What's the best IEM under 200?

    i'm looking for a IEM that is under 200 with good soundstage good mids and highs, bass is not my biggest concern but it still have to nice and clear. i'm not an audiophile so i'm hoping for some opinions.
  4. ksz210

    Budget Classical Music IEM

    I have scoured this forum for advice on a good classical music IEM, however the only general consensus is Ety ER4, is the best. But I dont have that much money to swing on a pair of headphones. I have included a list of other headphones people have talking about in the other forums.   I am a...
  5. blanc93

    Bose QC15 vs. Etymotic HF5

    So I'm a college student who travels a decent amount and I'm looking for headphones that will block out airplane noise and keep out background noise while I study. So far I've narrowed down my search to Bose's QC15 and the much less expensive IEM Etymotic HF5. I really wanna go for the...
  6. R

    £65/$100 IEMs

    Hi all,   The cable on my old Shure SE210s has just conked out, so I'm taking this as an opportunity to replace them with some more up to date earphones. I've been doing my research and it seems like the HiFiMan RE-400 and HiSoundAudio Crystal are well regarded, but I'm open to any other...
  7. Asmodeuss1990

    Newbie to purchasing high quality IEMs - Seeking a pair for 200$ or less that are great for heavy metal

    Basically... I'm a metalhead. I DO listen to just about all genre's of music like rap, classic rock, dubstep, trance, and so many other genres of music its ridiculous. So to give you an example of how much music I enjoy I have 17,000 songs+.  However my most favorite genre of music has always...
  8. Veritas94

    Time for a new IEM

    Alright, so I'm really new to serious listening. I've always loved music, but have just now begun to realize that all my earbuds have sucked pretty badly. Cheap skullcandy ink'd buds, and some cheap Panasonic buds have been my staple pretty much. So I've just recently ordered a pair of Mc5...
  9. Barnaby12

    Etymotics HF5 vs B & W C5 for Indie Rock, Garage Rock and Hip-Hop

    Hey Guys,   So, I bought myself Etymotics HF5s yetersday on Amazon. Today, for Chanukah, my mom got me Bowers and Wilkins C5s. Which to keep? Are the C5s better than the HF5s or is the price difference a branding thing?  If the C5s are a better headphone, I will keep them.  I read a few...
  10. Feilong4

    Will the Average Listener be able to tell the difference? | Wolfson DAC (on Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0/4.2/3.6)

    I currently own the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 and I read up that it has the Yamaha C1YMU823 which is apparently "inferior" to the Wolfson DACs found in the Samsung Galaxy 3.6/4.0/4.2.   Source   So I've been wondering..   Will the average music listener be able to tell the quality...
  11. Ardian

    Etymotic HF3 vs. HF5, what's the difference?

    Hi friends :) I want to buy the Etymotic HF3, cause of the remote control added, but in this forum I've read that the HF5 is better, is it possible? The only difference in remote control can decrease sound quality?? That seems a bit strange, but I need yours advices! Thank you :)
  12. drizzit

    Replacement IEM for my Klipsch Image S4?

    Hi all,   First of all, im pretty new in this audio area especially IEMs. My previous IEM is Klipsch Image S4. Im looking for replacement since i lost it. Anyway, i love my KIS4 since as in my opinion it gave out clarity that i love. I generally listen to country, orchestral and female singer...
  13. kennymj

    Etymotic Research hf5 versus Shure SE215

    what is the best sounding iem's for heavy metal dubstep and rap that's under  $200? would appreciate any and all help.
  14. ualpar

    Shure se-215(normal/ltd) vs ath im50

    Hello head-fi. I use senn hd598 + e17 combination at home which I'm really happy with. I used for some time sony xba30 / ath im50 / martin logan mikros90 with 5th gen ipod touch for outdoor. I was really happy with xba 30 for its details, with im 50 for its low end and mid performance and for...
  15. CarboNSyria

    Sennheiser Momentum over ear sharp "S" sound

    Hey guys,  Recently I bought new Sennheiser momentum over ear headphones after quite a long research on different forums and reviews.  The headphones are great indeed, however I am no audiophile or any expert in this area thus I'm not sure what is right and what not.  Basically these...
  16. rockin7of

    Listening to video game remixes (OCRemix)/electronica/trance/etc... HF5? RE-400? Which IEM at or below ~$100?

    The title says it all... I am in the market for whatever would be the best in-ear set for my needs.  I listen mostly to video game remixes a la OC remix ( which are a bit heavier on the lower end of the register - almost never with vocals on the tracks.  Often they have an...
  17. notaris

    Review: Etymotic hf5 earphones

    Review: Etymotic hf5 earphones True excitement and pure enjoyment   Introduction   The advent of mp3 players and smartphones, in particular iPods and iPhones, created a market for earphones. Well-known makers of hi-end headphones turned their interest onto earphones and new companies...
  18. R

    Best IEM for keeping noise IN

    I work in a small office environment, it is generally very quiet in here and I'd like to get some IEMs that don't bother those around me. Do noise isolation IEMs work in both directions, or do they only prevent noise from going out?
  19. ohcrapgorillas

    My IEM Problem...six pairs in my hands now, and feel just "eh" about all of them. Mini-reviews on each inside.

    So, I've been looking for a pair of IEMs for a while...actually a few pairs, but that's beside the point. I've gone through a few of these things and the best I've thought about any of them is "hey, this isn't bad" which is not exactly a glowing endorsement. Anyway, I thought y'all folks might...
  20. Punky

    Etymotic HF5 cable starting to split! Help!

    Hey guys,    So I've got a pair of Etymotic HF5s that are about 3 years old or so. The cable insulation right near the IEM housing has split open. It's not bad now, and it still works, but it's clear that this is going to be a problem (the same thing happened to my wife's Etyomtics). Is there...
  21. miko

    What is the point of buying a new earphone if the earip is the most important factor for isolation?

    Few years ago, I bough the Shure 115SE. It was quite good at sound isolation but sometimes I felt pain wearing it for a long time. Also, I could hear people talking loudly. After checking many review, I read that the Etymotic is the best for sound isolation. Some people mentioned that while...
  22. miko

    Should I get the Comply eartips for my Etymotic HF-5?

    Hello, I bough the HF-5 today. I tried the Tri-Flange Tips which came pre-install on the headphone. While the right side had no problem, I had difficulty in keeping the left side one from falling. It seems that the stock eartip on the right fits my ear better than that on the left. I also heard...
  23. GirgleMirt

    Ety fit/comfort and seal durability with flanges?

    I've bought some Etys HF5s a while ago now, and have tried both flange tips.  I think neither might be perfect for me... The smaller tip feel like they're pressing on the inside of my ear, like the inside of my ear is of a  curved shape;  ' ) ' , and since the tips are straight, well, when...
  24. DavvyJones96

    Etymotic hf5 vs. DUNU DN-19 vs. Philips S2/28 vs. HiFiMan RE-262 vs. Phonak Audeo PFE 132

    Obviously looking for the cleanest, yet fun to listen to, sound. Pairing with am EQ would be fine. Also looking for high build quality, mostly I'm the cable. 
  25. miko

    Which Etymotics for me?

    Hello, I am a Shure SE 115 user. It is quite good but I am looking for a device that is better at sound isolation (ideal if it could block out loud people conversation when there is no music playing). I am torn between the HF-3, HF-5 and ER-4PT. Could you please help me to decide?   1. I heard...