IEMs for iPhone [alternative for Etymotic HF2/HF3]
Nov 22, 2012 at 9:08 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

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===== February 2014 EDIT (same question) =====
 
Original post was in November 2012 (when I thought I lost my IEMs). Now, in February 2014, I surely lost my Etymotic HF2's. The cables were on two parts torn already, but I enjoyed the Etymotics for 4 years. So I need something new.
 
However, as I said I enjoyed them a lot - excellent clarity, balanced sound, perfect fit (at least for me), and superb isolation.
 
So simply said I want some balanced IEMs with an excellent isolation AND with mic & controls. And don't want an overemphasized bass. However, I also have Grado SR325is headphones which I totally love (but are not balanced), so if there are "Grado-IEMS with mic" I'll be very interested too!
 
I made a list with potential candidates in 2012 below, and didn't recheck it now in 2014. So, are there any suggestions for good earphones with excellent isolation and mic?
 
Etymotic HF3 €130
http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/hf3.html
 
t-JAYS Four €100
http://www.jays.se/products/t-jays-four
 
Ultimate Ears 600VI €75
http://ue.logitech.com/nl-nl/earphones/ue600
 
Denon AH-C560R €100
http://usa.denon.com/us/product/pages/productdetail.aspx?pcatid=headphones(denonna)&catid=classic(denonna)&catalog=denonna_us&pid=ahc560r(denonna)
 
Phonak Audeo PFE 121/122 (white/black) €150
Phonak Audeo PFE 132 €200
http://www.audeoworld.com/en/NL/Products/PFEwithMicrophone/AudeoPFE12.htm
 
Klipsch X7i €200
Klipsch X10i €140
Klipsch S4i II €100
http://www.klipsch.com/product/65527.18062.1020482.0.0/1014813/_/Image_S4i_%28II%29_Black_In-Ear_Headphones
 
SE115m+ €150
http://www.shure.com/americas/products/earphones-headphones/music-mobile/se115m-plus
 
Nov 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM Post #3 of 7

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If you liked the Etys, you may have a hard time moving to a significantly different sound.
 
Now that you don't need to have the on-cord controls, you might want to consider the Brainwavz B2 (or Fisher DBA-02, depending on availability). They have a similarly clear presentation, a bit more bass extension/impact. For my music, they can be sibilant or harsh on some tracks. If the balance of the additional bass is to your taste, it may be a better overall sound for you. 
 
Feb 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM Post #6 of 7

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I had found the IEMs, and now, 1.5 year later, I have actually lost them. So I have the same question again (see opening post of this thread)! Are there any suggestions for good earphones with excellent isolation and mic? Somewhat comparable to the Etymotic HF2/HF3?
 

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