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Best recommendations for budget IEMs

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by old nico, Oct 9, 2006.
  1. Old Nico
    I wonder whether experienced users here would mind giving me the benefit of their advice.

    1) Ignoring the super-expensive phones (anything costing more than the SuperFi 5, say) what are the best in ears, and why?

    I like the bass on the SuperFi 5EB, but they're a bit big and awkward. I like the wonderful fit of the EX90 but the sound is merely good (when I want great) and they are very frail. I like the sound of the HJE70, but Panasonic's quality control is poor, and I know not all 70s sound that great, and they slip out a bit easily.

    2) And what are the best phones in the same broad price category as the EX-71, and why?

    3) And finally, what are the best, non in-ear canal earbuds (like the Sennheiser 400/500, or Apple's stock earbuds) and why? I like the Sony E888, but it's a bit big and sharp (there's an uncomfortable corner) for comfort in my ear.

    Has anyone tried V-Moda's phones?
     
  2. errorrrr
    Shure E4c/g, Etymotic ER4s are good alternative to super fi. 5. those 2 all have less bass than the Super fi.5
     
  3. Old Nico
    Thanks very much! But I kind of like the bass...

    I'm surprised that loads of people don't have good advice to pass on.....
     
  4. poonpower
    i've heard many good things about the super.fi 3. the new ones are revised and people say they sound close to the e4c, but way cheaper than the e4c.
     
  5. vYu223
    Hmmm... Since the Super.fi 5 Pro's can be had for $164 on Amazon, I'm assuming that you want your IEM's to cost $164 and less, correct?

    You should consider getting the iM716's. They can be had for $105 on Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Altec-Lansing-...&s=electronics
     
  6. papomaster
    The shure's bass is taking a bit of time to get accustomed to. It's not the "booooOOOOOOooooom" you get from earbuds when you have a bass note, it's more of a single "oomph" (can't get better words than that [​IMG] ). Much, much thighter: it actually extracts the single bass freq that is playing, not pushing = +-5 Hz around it. At first sight it seems light, but when you start actually feeling it it gets very satisfying. I will never come back to earbuds after hearing mine...[​IMG]
     
  7. TheLegend
    I'm just a noob, but being sick of buying 10 dollar earphones and having them break on me in less than week i decided I'd get some good IEMS without breaking my wallet considered ksc75, cx300, er6i then finally settled on the im716. This is of course after hours of research through these forums. Now they're in the mail
     
  8. Ace o' Spades
    I have the iM716s and they are some seriously great value headphones. With custom foam eartips made with Howard Leigh earplugs they have some seriously tight bass. Not for the basshead, though. For that I hear the UE 5 pros are excellent.
     
  9. vYu223
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheLegend
    I'm just a noob, but being sick of buying 10 dollar earphones and having them break on me in less than week i decided I'd get some good IEMS without breaking my wallet considered ksc75, cx300, er6i then finally settled on the im716. This is of course after hours of research through these forums. Now they're in the mail



    Congratulations! Welcome to team iM716 [​IMG]. Get a pair of KSC-75's too! I use them when I'm in situations where I cannot have isolation.
     
  10. divinerice
    u should also try creative EP630s. they're like the cx 300s but cheaper....otherwise for better iems u should try the E4s or im716s.
     
  11. Old Nico
    Thanks chaps, any more recommendations?

    ER6i? E3C? E2C? etc.

    And what's so good about iM716s?
     
  12. leng jai
    Westone UM1? I can't really comment on their SQ since mine are still in the mail.
     
  13. jdimitri
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Old Nico
    Thanks very much! But I kind of like the bass...

    I'm surprised that loads of people don't have good advice to pass on.....




    In that case, i don't think any other iem will satisfy you bass-wise
    If you're ready for another type of sound though, i liked the E4 for the short time that i auditioned it
    But my favourite is the UM2.. save up for it [​IMG]

    Oh and imo, best earbuds at a reasonable price is MX400
     

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