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Recommendations for $50 IEMs

  1. MooTaters
    So I bit the bullet on the release of the Massdrop x Hifiman Bolt, and I might have been one of the absolute few who actually liked it. Anyways this really isn't about what so much of the people out there hate about the Bolt, it's a starting point for what I'm looking for. I'm trying to find something similar at $50 or less, with the strong bass that the Bolt has as lately I mainly listen to a lot of electronic music. Also the tangle free cable, some form of in-line controls that supports android , and it would be a plus if it has a small footprint or at least is comfortable to wear even if you're laying one ear on a pillow...though that may be asking a smidge much. Noise isolation isn't an absolute key point as most will isolate to some extent, but I'm not looking for anything open either. I also have the Visang R03's(aka brainwavz m2), though they're dying, and while I liked the clarity, I was never a fan of the dark coloration of sound.

    I've tried to do some looking around myself, and yes I know of Joker's IEM thread/site and am looking through some of it...though at this point there are many which are discontinued. Of course I will still listen to suggestions that may not hit every point, but I hope there's enough out there by now that it's not too much of an issue. I guess I should add that durability would be a plus too as I'm likely to toss it in my pocket with my phone as I do currently with the Bolts...part of the reason a tangle free cable is something I'd prefer(cases are nice, but take up a fair bit of pocket space).
  2. baskingshark
    Hi I would recommend the KZ ZS10 Pro. I think it's about 35 USDish on Aliexpress, V shaped profile with nice treble/bass and nice instrument separation/clarity. There is a Pro version and original version, the Pro is much better in almost all areas.
    It doesn't do much wrong at the price and is a great all rounder. Maybe a slight complaint is that at the treble frequencies, some instruments sound a bit artificial.

    If u prefer slightly more bass, then some people are using the KZ ZS7, but I personally don't have it.

    Hope u find what u are looking for!
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2019
  3. serman005
    +1 on the ZS10 Pro, though its profile may not be exactly what you're after.
    baskingshark likes this.
  4. MooTaters
    Thanks for the recommendations, I have looked at some KZ stuff, wasn't sure how they all sounded though I'd heard good things, and might consider them...but as said the profile/size may be a bit much. Part of the problem is I'm often carrying a 10k mAh battery pack for my phone, so pocket space is a bit more limited.
  5. genck
    I use sony mdr-ex110 all the time and they meet your qualifications except for the tangle free cable, plus they're only $20 on amazon right now. There are reviews saying they are not durable, well I've had mine for 5 years and I throw them in a backpack pouch with no case and mine still work fine. Anecdotes are like assholes, everyone has one.
    steviewonderbread likes this.
  6. steviewonderbread
    I've had a pair for years now. I bought them at Target on clearance for like $14. Bass is actually pretty damn good, treble is a bit too much for me though. Great backup/beater pair.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2019
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