Best earbud setup for $500?
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Hi all, so I've been saving up for a while after my SE215 broke about 4 months ago and have raised about $500 to upgrade my listening experience.

The biggest aspect in headphones to me is the soundstage and imaging. Basically, the more clear the better.

I prefer mids and treble over bass, but do always appreciate a bass that I can feel.

I sleep in my earbuds so the wrap around ear design like on the SE215 is ideal, also I treat my earbuds very harshly, so replaceable cables is very apprciated. Also a warranty is always nice.

I typically run my earbuds just off of my iPhone 6s plus, although, I am willing to purchase a mobile amp/dac if necessary.

What do you think the best move is for me? I am willing to purchase used earbuds so long as there is a warranty.

Thanks so much for any help you can offer :D
 
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I would look in the classify section on this forum, if not, flc8.
 
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It doesn't seem like there's anything there right now, although i could always wait for a good opportunity. Also, I've been doing some research and read a lot of good things about the Westone w40 and Audiofly AF180. I could get them pretty cheap at 350 used on amazon... should I not trust amazon used products?
 
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Get the flc8 then, you are not missing much from totl thousands of dollars iems of the world. IME, W40 is not better than flc8. I haven't heard the AF180.
 
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The only problem I'm seeing with the flc8 is the fact that it has an openback design (sorta) I like to be able to play my music however loud I wish or tune out the world around me without having to worry about others hearing my music or me hearing them if I don't wish to. I'm not sure if the whole filter situation can be changed depending on what I want, but that is a big factor/consideration for me.
 
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also as another consideration I also prefer when notes or sounds are sharp in my headphones, I really hate it when they sound muddy.
 
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it does have a small port, but isolation is not too bad. Sound will only leak if you listen super loud. Unlike jvc, everything leaks.
 
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You should go ask in the flc forum.
You should also check out the dunu 3001
 
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