I'm a noob, need help for Ipod Headphones >£100

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  1. Incrediboy

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    hello people
    seasons greetings

    today, christmas day, i got an Ipod Nano, the new 8gb one
    I'm happy, but i could be happier
    I also got a bunch of cash, i used to have a pair of Senn PX200, i enjoyed them, but someone robbed them :thumbsdow

    so, on with the story
    i've been eyeing up the Er6i's
    but i've also read that they suck when it comes to bass
    and the cable can be a bit thin which causes noise.

    I'm wanting an in ear headphone as i tend to do a lot of sport..
    so they will really stick in there when i'm at the gym or running.

    any suggestions would be great, or if anyone else has run through this exact path that i am and came out with a choice, let me know :)

    my ears are also kind of clogged up with wax at the moment
    so i think 'earex'? is in order, so when i do get headphones i will be able to appreciate them.

    Many Thanks,
    Rick
     
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    As usual today I will be mostly recomending the Futuresonic EM3. I deal as a gym partner because they were designed as an 'in ear monitor' for stage performances where jumping about a bit is all part of the fun.

    £69 is all. A big plus is that they look like il cheapo NHS hearing aids so muggers will pass on to the next shiny thing.

    Had mine for about a year now and am more tham happy with the performance. http://www.handheldaudio.co.uk/pages/moreinfo.asp?divitype=c&cat_id=178&pr_id=1354
     
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    You beat me to it karkus30 ;)

    At that price the Future Sonics are an amazing bargain.
     
  5. Incrediboy

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    Do the Future Sonics come in any other colour?
    The NHS colour doesn't really float my boat

    How do the Future Sonics compare in sound to the Etymotic ER-6i?
    or if i were to spend marginally more than the £100 are there any other in ear phones that are better?
     
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    I've run the Future Sonics through a PA2v2 which gives them a nice sound and provide some nice bass, I've read about the Etymotics but the only ones which have ever interested me are the ER-4S.

    Of course if you invest more money you can get a better product, however, if only investing a small amount (£30/£40) you may actually find that you get better value for money in your current price range.

    The EM3 only comes in the one colour, it's supposed to blend with skintones as to not be noted when in use by people on stage and whatnot.
     
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    The hearing aid beige looks awfull on those!!! Ety 6is look far nicer and without the strange looks!!
     
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    It's much better to go for SQ over looks ;)
     
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    Yeah agreed the Ety's ER6i's are rather fab, I've used mine for quite some time. For ipods I guess it isn't very good however I used these with the old ipod videos and the bass was there but not the fullness (aka - rumble).

    I would highly recommend these earphones to people works with music i.e. session musicians, live performers or even behind a sound desk.

    terrific buy for the money, plus there's an option to upgrade these phones by adding custom molds.


    Derek.
     
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    I have also started to look into the Shure E3C and E4C
    I read that the ipod cannot drive the e3c's very well
    but as the e4c's have a lower impedance of 16ohm so the ipod can drive them really well.
    i have been reading nothing but amazing reviews with these too.
    i've found them online for £110


    does anyone own a pair of e4c's or can anyone compare the e4c to the er6i?
     
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    Where did you read that the iPod cannot drive the E3c very well as it should have no issues at 26Ohms?
     
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    http://www.macobserver.com/columns/rantsandraves/2005/20050819.shtml

    read the above..........then look at rants and raves, gives a pretty clear indication of how each performs.
     
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    Where online for £110 Pumba?! (Please don't say flea-bay)
     
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    i have no experince of the ones pictured above, but i'd be far more inclined to buy the bose earphones for £60, as the previous experience i have with bose headphones has been exceptional (not my experience, the headphones, if you know what i mean :))
     
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    I read from somewhere the bose quiet comfort II? in ear noise cancelling earphone are a let down. The bass is slightly over done and the highs don't go quite high enough (dunno why you want that high unless you listen to classical or electronic music). But yeah the mid range is average and the highs are unheard, the bass is somewhat there (overdriven) if the sound is too loud.

    Inner ears I guess the best ones are the mainstreams ones, a person grows acustom to their earphones so you can't really go wrong with shure, ear candy, etymotic, UE etc.


    Derek.
     
  17. Incrediboy

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    Honestly I can't remember it, i was looking around on google for reviews and came across another sort of AV forum.
    YES ANOTHER!!
    but this is obviously better :rolleyes:

    anyways, but also, just via pure model numbers. e3c, e4c. i would presume that the e4c are better?
    as the 3rc are about £100
    and i've found e4c for about £110
    surely i'd be better off going for the e4c, plus they are 16ohms
     
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    16, 26 or even 35 Ohms should not matter on the iPod as they should all be driven OK so long as they're efficient.

    If you're going to go for a pair of Shures then the E4c would be the better buy over the E3c due to there only being £10 difference.

    As for Boss, they do make good sounding products but they are overpriced IMO.
     
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    When ? My guess, about 1970 when they pioneered the first small multidriver 901s that gained favour for being punchy and loud (as long as you had the equaliser), from then on they produced a mass over over expensive tat IMO of course. Remember Bose.......No highs, no lows.........apologies to Bose lovers, but it does need saying.
     
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    Just noticed I typed Boss rather than Bose.

    It's the price tag with Bose, like the TriPort - You can get an equal or better sounding product for less money, I think this is where lots of the hate comes from.

    A chap in work keeps going on about Bose, I've informed him not to bother as you can save yourself money and get a better sounding system - He seems content on getting a Bose as it looks nice :rolleyes:

    The Main Point; It doesn't mean to say it sounds bad, just very overpriced for what you get.
     
  21. Incrediboy

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    ok ok
    so...
    it's down to the shure e4c - £110
    or the etymotic er6i - £90


    thoughts people?
     
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    The Etymotic ER-4P :p

    At £110 I would be tempted towards the Shure E4c TBH.
     
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    i'm not loaded
    so with this in mind
    i think its the shures :)
     
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    Well, i've ordered the Shure E4C from Micro Anvika for £117 (thats including delivery)
    Considering I'm a student, and 17 and i don't have a job, i'm now completely broke.
    I really hope i've made the right decision. I'm sure i have, it is just a lot of money

    :suicide:
     
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    Probably not mentioned due to the Op having £100 to spend and had been looking at the ER-6i.
     
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    Today my shure E4Cs arrived
    they feel a bit weird in the ear, but i'm getting used to it.
    Do these headphones have a run in period? if so, how long would you think this is?
    And i'm still trying out all the different pieces that came with it to get the best fit :)
     
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    If these are your first IEMs, here's a little tip (no pun intended)

    Use the foamies first. Insert them as directed. However deep the foamies feel in your ear canal is the maximum of how deep the other kinds of tips should feel
     
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    Would be good if you could give us some feed back on these as I was toying with getting a pair.

    Cheers
     

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