I am in the market for some inexpensive IEM or earbuds to keep around at work.
-- Budge is $20.
-- Either with or without a mic is ok.
-- I don't plan to wear them a lot so the build quality is not terribly important (as long as the sound is good)
I did a on-line search and it brought up some older models, like JVC FX40, FX101 and UE200, are there other good options from the newer offerings? Please recommend....
I would suggest going to the Chinese/Asian brand info thread and asking there. I've just ordered some LZ Z03A (they're 30$ though) haven't received them yet so I can't vouch for their price to performance ratio. Check them out
Easy New Original LZ Z03A Hifi Stereo Dynamic In-ear Earbuds Heave Bass Noise Cancelling Earphones Headphones with Microphone
(from AliExpress Android)
I have read on the Earbuds Round-Up thread that some of the Edifier models are supposed to be quite good. People there can maybe make some suggestions too http://www.head-fi.org/t/441400/earbuds-round-up-update-april-25th-2015/2805#post_12417312
Other ones I see mentioned - Mrice/Baldoor E100, KZ ATE, KZ ED9, Xiaomi Piston or 1More Piston, the brand MEE, the brand Brainwavz
See also, Joker's lists ( of Multi-IEM Review Thread fame http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-350-iems-compared-rha-t20-added-1-31-16-p-1098 )