- Oct 15, 2007
Glad you asked, to me it has been one of the most difficult things to get right, that is because of motion, sweat, etc.. All the IEMs I used failed, either the plug or one side of the earphones broke rendering them useless. You need something that is well built cable wise and that you could possibly exchange the cable if it goes wrong. Having said that, my best pair at an affordable price is the SHURE SE215, roughly about a 100 us dollars. The cables are built like a tank, I'd be very surprise you will break them but what's nice is if you do, you can buy a cable and you will be back in business. They offer couple of models; the standard one and the bass tune one. I actually got both and depending on the source I switch. I tried it with the X5 and because the player is iems friendly, I had not issues with both models. I have also the SE535 which are more expensive but they pair quite well with the X5, it my best IEM pairing. I am reluctant to bring them to the gym because of the costs, I don't mind as much with the cheaper, it is in the gym and it is rather noisy so I feel I would not beneficiate that much with a better pair. I have to say this but I never had any hissing issues with my SE535 which with other players I had, that is quite a statement in terms of how clean the HO is.
Another option are the Aurisonics Rockets which can be had for 150$ until Sunday on Kickstarter. 5 year warranty on them too, although no replaceable cable...