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Oct 19, 2009 at 4:24 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 10

JeJeP

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My second pair of JVC FX66s broke last week and the iBuds I use as a temporary replacement are driving me insane.

I am therefore looking for IEMs under 200$ (CAD, taxes and shipping included) that would last several years. Build quality is a factor. I take care of my earphones and if a usable case would be included (the FX66s lacked one), all the better.

As for sound, I need something that's polyvalent. I listen to everything from rock to classical music - nothing too bassy, though. Vocals are important, as is soundstage. It needs to a major improvement over the FX66s and Kramer-modded FX33s.

My source material will be my computer (MacBook), a first-gen iPod Touch (I know, I know, it came with the laptop) and a Sony S616, which will soon be upgraded to the latest generation. Thanks in advance!
 
Oct 19, 2009 at 6:26 PM Post #3 of 10

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The build quality looks rather shabby.

EDIT: but it's also quite cheap. Is pairing it with a low-end amp worth it?
 
Oct 19, 2009 at 6:29 PM Post #4 of 10

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ER4P.
 
Oct 19, 2009 at 7:03 PM Post #5 of 10

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Quote:

Originally Posted by JeJeP /img/forum/go_quote.gif
The build quality looks rather shabby.

EDIT: but it's also quite cheap. Is pairing it with a low-end amp worth it?



It's pretty good build, solid, but I keep them in an used altoid can when they're not in use, but they are solid despite their look. When you mean low-end amp, what do you mean? The RE0 pairs up nicely with the ibasso T4, if you want additional bass the Fiio E5 isn't a bad route either. If you can wait, the new Fiio E7 and the pico silm looks good.
 
Oct 20, 2009 at 4:55 AM Post #6 of 10

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Any others? Thanks so far - I'm now considering the RE0 paired with a Fiio E5 and maybe a Fiio E7 when they come out for desktop listening. Would I also need new tips? I'm looking for maximum isolation.
 
Oct 20, 2009 at 3:14 PM Post #7 of 10

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Hmm, I may have to dedicate less money to the cause, so I'm now also considering the PL50s. Do they sound better amped (more warmth, maybe?) Should I replace the tips?
 
Oct 20, 2009 at 3:30 PM Post #8 of 10

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I love my Meelectronics M6. They blow my hundred-dollar Ultimate Ears 3s out of the water. There is no way you would ever know listening to these that they are $40 shipped. I'm a convert.
 
Oct 20, 2009 at 3:42 PM Post #10 of 10

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Search is your friend. You're not the first, or the 50th person to ask about $200 recommendations.

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