Are IEMs free of vibration noises?
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Hi I've never had IEMs before. I've had a pair of $30 Sony earbuds with soft paddin(?) that block out ambient noise very well. The thing is I could hear all the vibrations from the cable when I touch them. Not to mention all the crunch sound when eating snacks and stuff. If you don't know what I'm talking about, do this: Plug your index fingers into your ear and then try rubbing your index fingers with your thumbs. The sound is really loud and very annoying.
Are IEMs the same?
 
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What you're referring to is "microphonics" and most IEMs suffer from them to some degree. Shirt clips, and over-the-ear wearing style can help mitigate that. And some cables are more microphonic than others.
 
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I think what you're calling "vibrations" is known as "cable noise" or "microphonics". 
 
Not all IEMs are free of cable noise. How much cable noise there is depends on 2 things:
1. Whether the IEM is designed to be worn with cable over the top of the ear

 
2. How the cable is made--soft cables like what Westone uses have less cable noise.
 
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