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  Reply # 723413 27-Nov-2012 09:18
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I've just read the thread and didn't see any mention of the Klipsch x10s. They are currently available on a cyber Monday deal for US$85:

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-Image-X10-Noise-Isolating-Earphone/dp/B000WAHFBK/ref=br_lf_m_1000856061_1_1_ttl?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=electronics&pf_rd_p=1419204622&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1000856061&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1RSR53STDXWVEWVHF0XJ

Can anyone suggest a better IEM for less than US$100?



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  Reply # 723415 27-Nov-2012 09:19
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I really highly rate the Klipsch, I have the S4i which I think are good, but not as good as my monster copper pros

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 723485 27-Nov-2012 10:27
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On further investigation the Shure SE215-Ks are also on special - US$100

http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SE215-K-Sound-Monitor-Black/dp/B004PNZFZ8/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1353964636&sr=1-9

Now I"m not sure which to get - any advice? Might just have to order both...

I'll be using them for Live sound monitors, so the shure certainly can claim pedigree in that market, but that's no guarantee they are better.





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  Reply # 724129 28-Nov-2012 12:12
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Got my hands on Logitech UE 9000!! Active noise cancellation with Bluetooth connectivity, and Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad :-)

Super big thanks to MightyApe and their supplier for super speedy delivery of this baby to my hands, the day before I'm embarking on an oversea trip away tomorrow! SWEET!




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  Reply # 724161 28-Nov-2012 12:59
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I have a few sets of low budget headphones at home, panasonic el cheapo, then some relatively cheap panasonic noise canceling ones that are Ok.

I listened to a friends Dr Dre head phones a couple of days ago, and they put my $10,000 all Alpine car audio set up to shame with their clarity, I loved them. I think I will have to search out a pair when I am on holiday next year.

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  Reply # 724196 28-Nov-2012 14:06
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Beats by Dr Dre aren't near as clear as some other headphones, plus they're not well made - they tend to fail after a couple of years. They're also pretty expensive. The noise cancelling works great in airplanes, but otherwise isn't really that useful.




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  Reply # 724515 29-Nov-2012 09:09
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dickytim: I have a few sets of low budget headphones at home, panasonic el cheapo, then some relatively cheap panasonic noise canceling ones that are Ok.

I listened to a friends Dr Dre head phones a couple of days ago, and they put my $10,000 all Alpine car audio set up to shame with their clarity, I loved them. I think I will have to search out a pair when I am on holiday next year.


Be aware, many of the failed Beats you'll come across will be copies...
And having been overseas to the US and Asia recently, I'm yet to see genuine Beats (genuine being the key word here) at much less than NZ prices... especially when you can get a deal on them.

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  Reply # 724778 29-Nov-2012 17:50
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I have had Beats.

Two pairs of their IEM's failed.

I now own SOL Republic cans.

They're similarly "fashion forward", but have a couple of options in terms of sound signatures - still bass-heavy, but the Tracks, Tracks HD and Tracks Ultra all have a specific sound signature to their model.

Tracks - I have a pair of these that I recently won from SOL Republic - good, bassy, clear, comfortable, iPod/iPhone ready with mic/remote.

Tracks HD - I have these also - used these before i got the new Tracks - again, good bass, but a little lighter in the "oomph" department. Clearer and crisper highs and mids, but again - good for anything like electronica, rock, metal, hiphop etc.

Tracks Ultra have a flatter sound - still not reference quality, but the ones I listened to were a lot flatter and crisper that the other two - also had great separation. Not ideal for my tastes but good for the more "audiophile-esque" listener who wants a stylish on-ear headphone.

I should also mention that they are pretty sturdy and have a replaceable headband.

And they're not overly expensive, with the range varying from $169 to around $350 (ish)




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  Reply # 724781 29-Nov-2012 17:53
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networkn: I really highly rate the Klipsch, I have the S4i which I think are good, but not as good as my monster copper pros


I actually prefer the sound of the UE 600vi to the S4i.

Just a personal thing, but I find the UE has more clarity.




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  Reply # 727275 5-Dec-2012 10:11
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Man this hobby is breaking me :)

HE-400's on order now.



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  Reply # 727277 5-Dec-2012 10:13
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Oh,be interested to re-audition those!




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  Reply # 727281 5-Dec-2012 10:17
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NZtechfreak: Oh,be interested to re-audition those!


Yup well I'll have the ODAC and O2 Amp by the 18th December and I intend to start by Bottle Head project before xmas now.  We should arrange another meetup, I'd like to spend a long amount of time comparing some of the amps and phones.

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  Reply # 727290 5-Dec-2012 10:29
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Do top of the line Turtle Beachs count?

Makes my LoL and BFBC sound amazeballs!

Except when I got mortar shelled and I turned sound up too high just before by mistake.... :(




 


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  Reply # 727291 5-Dec-2012 10:29
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NZtechfreak: Oh,be interested to re-audition those!


Yup well I'll have the ODAC and O2 Amp by the 18th December and I intend to start by Bottle Head project before xmas now.  We should arrange another meetup, I'd like to spend a long amount of time comparing some of the amps and phones.


Sounds good, I'll have my new acquisitions by then too.

I see you are increasingly discovering the reason for the bracketed comment in the thread title :)

Once you get the bite very hard to resist trying out different gear in search of ellusive audio-nirvana.




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  Reply # 727323 5-Dec-2012 11:26
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FWIW - My usual setup is:

Portable: Galaxy Note 2 + SoundMagic MP21 IEMs or Sennheiser PMX60's

Home: PC-source via Topping TP32 USB DAC + Sennheiser HD280 Pro's.

Used to have some Grado Alessandro's but found them too uncomfortable, nice 'phones though.




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