Upgrading from cheap iPod earphones to canalbuds
Jul 30, 2011 at 4:25 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 10


New Head-Fier
Jul 30, 2011
Hey, all.
I sort of got tired of the cheap earphones that come with the iPod, and other similar earbuds.
So, I've decided to purchase some entry-level canalbuds.
Here are the four options I have; I have listed them from cheapest to most expensive.
Sony MDR-EX10LP (12 Euros): Cheapest of all. The website doesn't state that this model comes with small, medium and large eartips, however one reviewer pointed out that he bought these just for the extra ear tips. Does anyone know if it comes with a set of eartips? Perhaps it depends on the country.
TDK MC-300 (12.50 Euros): Same query as above.
Philips SHE3570 (14.90 Euros).
Panasonic RP-HJE270 (25.59 Euros): Has received glowing reviews on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
So, does anyone have any experience with these canalbuds, or similar ones? Which is the best for the price, taking into consideration comfort, sound isolation, and sound quality?
I listen to metal from my iPod, and the files are fairly high quality (atleast 192 kbps).
Thanks in advance.

Jul 30, 2011 at 7:10 AM Post #2 of 10

Just having fun :)

On a serious note, you wouldn't consider investing a bit more than 25 pounds on a pair of IEM's? Is it for any reason at all? Like you lose them a lot or something? 

I would definitely recommend that you save up to around 50 pounds (roughly $75 AUD) and purchase a better pair of IEM's - this way, I believe head-fiers will be able to help more (due to the exposure of >$ products)
Jul 30, 2011 at 1:43 PM Post #3 of 10
LegendaryLvl1, thanks for the reply.

To be fair, only some are 192 kbps. Most are VBR, ripped with the (--alt)-preset standard (, that is, -v2 in newer versions) of the LAME encoder.

The actual reason is that I'm a broke college student, and for the moment, I was only looking for an improvement. Do you think it's recommended to jump into the slightly more expensive equipment straight away?
I appreciate your advice, and I will start looking for some IEM's of about 50 pounds (which is about 57 Euros) that are available at stores near me, where I actually live (right now I am abroad on vacation).
Jul 30, 2011 at 1:57 PM Post #4 of 10

If at all possible, get more expensive earphones. Don't go crazy and like pay $200 or anything but £75 will give you enough to look at a wide variety of headphones and get a good idea of what sounds nice. If your sure of your budget. Go for sennheiser CX-300 s or some cheap creatives. The most economical earphone i can offer is a pair of £3 creative buds that my brother buys off of amazon everytime. I'll have to go find the link. He isn't an audiophile but he knows enough about sound to have a pair of KRK Rockit 8's on his desk.
These are the earphones - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-EP-630-Noise-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B0009G6FQI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312048716&sr=8-1 that says 8.75 but below it people are selling the exact same thing for a fiver.
Jul 31, 2011 at 10:49 AM Post #7 of 10
I will highely recommend to try Sony EX310, EX510, they are detailed yet fun to listen and fit snugly in the ear and feel sturdy. But if you can raise your budget to $150 then i will highely recommend to buy Sony EX600 or GR07, both offers such an amazing clarity without scrificing fun part of music with deep rich bass. They are huge step above iBuds in term of overall details, soundstage and bass.
Aug 1, 2011 at 12:00 AM Post #9 of 10
I'm using the Sound Magic PL50's right now, I am quite impressed how smooth they are! I put triflanges on them MUCH better!, Sony X1061/Leckerton UHA-4/PL-50= Awesome!
If memory serves the PL50's are about $50 USD here in the states, and they are balanced armature.

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