Optimal In-Ear Monitors for Mostly Electronic Music
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Hey everyone, my name is Daniel and I am far from an audiophile. That said, I do appreciate good sound and have usually stuck to well reviewed technology - I own the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones and the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers, both of which I adore in terms of sound.
 
When it comes to in-ear headphones, I've been a big fan of the Klipsch Image S4 line (love the tight bass) - I've had 2 S4i's break on me (both times one of the speakers stopped working) and currently own the S4ii. My problem with the S4ii is the flat cable which makes lots of noise when bumping against anything (such as my jacket when I walk) and its weight which causes them to fall out constantly.
 
I would like to buy a new pair of in-ear monitors that will resemble or even surpass the S4 for under $200. The flat cable left a bad impression so I would like something with the regular cable and good build quality also (the S4 wears away far too easily).
 
I listen to a wide variety of music, however, would like the monitors to cater to mostly electronic music (House, Progressive, Nu-Disco, Trance) and hip hop. I like a good amount of bass but not so much as to overpower everything else (like the Beats). Does anybody have any recommendations?
 
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This set of IEM reviews might help: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-336-iems-compared-gorilla-ears-gx-4b-added-04-17-15-p-1053

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  Hey everyone, my name is Daniel and I am far from an audiophile. That said, I do appreciate good sound and have usually stuck to well reviewed technology - I own the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones and the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers, both of which I adore in terms of sound.
 
When it comes to in-ear headphones, I've been a big fan of the Klipsch Image S4 line (love the tight bass) - I've had 2 S4i's break on me (both times one of the speakers stopped working) and currently own the S4ii. My problem with the S4ii is the flat cable which makes lots of noise when bumping against anything (such as my jacket when I walk) and its weight which causes them to fall out constantly.
 
I would like to buy a new pair of in-ear monitors that will resemble or even surpass the S4 for under $200. The flat cable left a bad impression so I would like something with the regular cable and good build quality also (the S4 wears away far too easily).
 
I listen to a wide variety of music, however, would like the monitors to cater to mostly electronic music (House, Progressive, Nu-Disco, Trance) and hip hop. I like a good amount of bass but not so much as to overpower everything else (like the Beats). Does anybody have any recommendations?

 
If you can find a pair of XBA-4/40s for under $200 (Which I think will be hard but not impossible) they are the best I've heard for electronic music without getting over $300-400+
 
Apr 29, 2015 at 4:52 PM Post #4 of 6

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This set of IEM reviews might help: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-336-iems-compared-gorilla-ears-gx-4b-added-04-17-15-p-1053

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Thanks a lot for directing me to Joker - his site is helping me a lot!
 
Currently trying to decide between the RBH-EP2, DUNU DN-100, RHA MA750i, and Yamaha EPH-100. Do you have any experience with any of these?

 
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Thanks a lot for directing me to Joker - his site is helping me a lot!


That's where I go, because I don't know enough about many of the IEMs.

Head-Fi member ClieOS has a blog that covers a lot of IEMs (although not as many as ljokerl). http://www.inearmatters.net/
 
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  Thanks a lot for directing me to Joker - his site is helping me a lot!
 
Currently trying to decide between the RBH-EP2, DUNU DN-100, RHA MA750i, and Yamaha EPH-100. Do you have any experience with any of these?

 
Let me know if you still are interested in the XBA-4s I have mine for sale and can give you a good deal. Mine are barely used and bought from the Sony Store directly.
 
IMHO the XBA-4s are a step above the IEMs you mentioned above. 
 

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