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IEMs for deployment to Afghanistan?

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  1. texanater
    Greetings, I've been a member of this forum for quite a while but rarely contribute.  Until recently I've been more of a vinyl guy and spend my time in those forums.  I'm in the military and have a deployment to Afghanistan coming up which has forced me to get into pc audio and headphones.  I have to tell you I am having a blast.  I'm a bit of a tech junky and this is a whole new world of gadgets to learn about and play with.  I've done quite a bit of research on this forum and others and am very well prepared.  Thanks to all of you who post here because it was an invaluable source of info.  I have one final option to consider which is kind of unique and is why I am starting a new thread rather than reviewing old ones.
     
    I bought a pair of Atrio M8 iems back in 2007 to use for travel.  They have held up great and I love them for their base.  They are great for watching movies, its like having a subwoofer in your head.  I bought a pair of Etymotic HF2s as back up and really fell in love with their sq.  I got the custom molds and they are unbeatable for noise cancellation.  They were too good and I don't think I could be satisfied with the Atrios if the etymotics were to fail.  I don't have many other hobbies and am frugal in every other aspect of my life so I don't feel too bad about having a 3rd back up.  I have to say as much as I like them they are not completely satisfying, although extremely close.  If I could get the etymotics with a bit more flesh I think I would be totally satisfied.  So here is my situation
     
    -I don't need subwoofer base, I have the Atrio M8s
    -I don't need noise cancellation, I have the etymotics
    -I'm not concerned with micro phonics because the etymotics AND the Atrios are really outstanding in that category
    -I want the best pair of IEMs in the ~$200 range give or take a bunch.  I'm not hard pressed for budget but I can't go crazy.  I want them for the rare but ideal moments when I can really sit down and listen to music and not be concerned about build quality or micro phonics or subwoofer base etc... I have those bases covered.
     
    I am leaning towards what I am sure is obvious to most of you: the VSONIC GR07, Fischer DBA-02, Hifiman re 262 or 272.  I am sort of considering etymotic er-4s because they could benefit from the custom ear molds I had made for the hf2s, but I read that although they are better than the hf2s they are not $270 better.   I am way open to suggestions outside of that list and would appreciate even recommended sellers.  
     
    I listen to everything (not as big into rap but not a hater), I use iTunes and have a HRT Headstreamer as my dac/amp combo.  I also have the HRT Music streamer II+ and a DIY altoids style head amp that is set for high gain originally used with sennheiser hd 600s. I am not planning on brining the hd600s with me though.
     
    Thanks for your time and thanks for the help you have already given me.  Like I said, this has really been fun.
     
    Nate
     
  2. tzjin
    Hey thanks for serving our country. [​IMG]
     
    I have the GR07 myself, and I love it's natural sound signature. It is quite good technically, and listening to music just feels right. You can't go wrong with any of the others either.
     
  3. Nate, 
     
    Westone makes some great IEM's and they have special deals going for military personnel.  You can contact them to see what sort of pricing they can give you.
     
  4. lee730
    +1 for the GR07
     
  5. basementdweller
    I just got back from that particular trip and if it goes anything like mine you won't want too much isolation.  A few bad days and you'll be too paranoid not being able to hear anything.  I had several headphones shipped to me to deal with the boredom, the only IEM I used was the FX700 simply because I could hear what was going on outside....otherwise I used portable over the ear types.  Good luck.
     
  6. Huxley
    JVC FXD80
     
  7. lee730
    Yeah most people don't opt for these due to the isolation issues. But I know what you mean by being aware of your surrounding. You can't trust people these days especially when out and about. Rule number one always be defensive and assume the driver ain't looking lol :p.
     
     
  8. texanater
    Yeah, I didn't want to ham up the war aspect too much so I didn't go down that path, but as soon as I heard how deaf I was to the outside world with the etymotics/custom molds I knew it would be rare if ever that I could use them.  Thats one of the reasons I started this thread, there isn't much out there for people who don't need or in fact don't want too much noise isolation.
     
  9. lee730
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    The IE80s, FX700, EX1000 etc. The GR07 has better isolation so that may be a problem for you but I'm sure it's not as good as the etys isolation.
     
  10. Dyaems
    sony ex600 or gr07 for me!
     
  11. AstroTurf
    Perhaps a good knock around can may be better suited.

    Fostex T50RP

    Just a thought, Jim
     
  12. Spaz115
    I use the GR07 and I can definitely recommend it. Its only say, 200 hours in do you really begin to fall in love with them though. I've tried the RE272s as well and they are also great, but they require an amp to sound their best. You have one though so thats fine. If you don't want good isolation you can go with the Sony's...people recommend the EX600 but you can try the Sony MDR-7550's if you can find them. They are the model between the EX600 and the EX1000. They are around $250 dollars though and there aren't many reviews around, but the general consensus is that they are definitely worth their price, more so than the EX600 and EX1000. 
     
  13. eke2k6
    For me, the best choice is the GR07. I think it sounds more natural than the HF5 (which I really liked), with a decent bump in sub-bass. The thing I love most about it is that it works for every genre of music under the sun, and you won't find it lacking in any. It does isolate more than the FX700 and IE8, but nowhere near the Ety level. I think you'd be happy with it. I wrote a few words about it here:
     
     
     
  14. cn11
    I would kick in a recommendation for the GR07 as well. They do isolate decently, but they're not the last word in complete oblivion to the outside world! Sonically they continue to impress me tons, even in comparison to the likes of the Westone 4 which I recently got to compare directly. The Westones are much more expensive, and the Vsonics were right on the heels of the Westones! I think they're durably built too, which would be pretty critical on a deployment I would imagine. 
     
    Also, want to wish you a totally safe deployment, and thanks for all that you do overseas. I truly hope you find a set of earphones which bring you some enjoyment when you're out of country.
     
  15. Mr Newyear
    Go for the GR07. Thank you for your service and stay safe :)
     
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