isolation for drumming
Sep 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM Post #5 of 9

bbrunskill

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I'm a pro musician, and gig playing drums at least a couple of times a month.
I've used Sennheiser CX300, UE Super Fi 5, UE700, and various cans including Sennheiser 280PRO.
I would say that isolation was very poor with CX30, and UE700. 
 
It's slightly better with UE super fi 5 and the cans. The other important thing is comfort - the wire from full size headphones comes down the side usually, and it's a pain, getting caught in one arm all the time. IEMs, with wire going down my back are more comfortable.
 
Also, with cans, they tend to shift with movement, IEM's are a bit better at staying in place. With IEM's, I don't feel like I'm wearing something extra. Cans always feel bulky and a bit silly.
 
If you take drumming seriously, I would recommend custom IEMs - the best isolation and comfort.  
 
Sep 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM Post #7 of 9
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Sorry for my zero contribution to this thread but I thought the title said " Isolation for dummies ". 
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Sep 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM Post #8 of 9

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My son is a drummer (+ I'm a long-time musician), and I would probably lean you toward the Etymotic stuff -- MC5 (cheaper), HF5 (more expensive, better sound) or the ER4 Series (best).  With the triple-flange ear tips, the isolation is wonderful!  I've also used them as in-ear monitors for some on-stage show stuff, and they worked well.
 

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