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<100$ IEMs: Steelseries Flux vs RE-400

  1. quantumnerd
    Hi, Canadian guy here.
     
    I had the Monoprice 8350s, but my ears really don't play nice with them. They sounded a bit tinny, a bit hollow, and left my ears constantly bruised. So I've been looking at some comfy midrange multi-purpose IEMs.
     
    Use cases:
    I'll mostly be using these to listen to music off of my phone (Nexus 5) (no DAC/amp). I listen to a lot of electronic music. Here are some of the things that tend to trip up the Monoprices and the cheap stuff I had before those:
    Chiptune/high pitches (sibilance? Tends to be rendered gratingly): http://chipzelmusic.bandcamp.com/track/focus-3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzClkMxdsgI#t=120
    Heavy distortion/crunch (speed? YT is 'rounding off all the edges', and that's what it feels like on the old stuff): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJJ3XLmOSXQ&hd=1
    Sub-bass (rumbles are cut-off or have no presence): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE9mT4JaW_0&hd=1
    I'm also on the go a lot of the time, meaning these will end up being used as a substitute for my desktop headphones, so it's nice if they're tolerable for gaming.
     
    So I filtered in-ear headphone list (http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone-list/?model_search=&headphone_price1=10&headphone_price2=120&average_rating1=6.5&average_rating2=10&sound_rating1=7.5&sound_rating2=10&build_rating1=3&build_rating2=5&isolation_rating1=1&isolation_rating2=5&comfort_rating1=4.5&comfort_rating2=5&microphone_rating1=1&microphone_rating2=5&accessibility_rating1=1&accessibility_rating2=5#) and the Flux seems to be a good balance. All the others are 100$ in Canada, but the Flux is 50$. Some of these other IEMs seem to be community favorites, like the RE-400s. Is there any reason not to get the Flux?
     

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