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Strontium Wizzard 02-13-2011 07:23 AM

New Headphones or IEMs around 150
Hello ABI,

In the summer of 2010, I bought some Sennheiser CX880s which I loved (might do a review), but the jack started geting moody and cutting off the sound to my left ear whan it was touched, and since it was under guarantee, I sent it back to the shop. Unfortunately, the repair guy said it would be difficult to repair, so I've now got a 100€ gift voucher for this shop (fnac: http://www.fnac.com/Casque-ecouteur/shi176594/w-4), and I'm wondering what phones to get.

I'm willing to add about 50€ to the original 100, or maybe a bit more.
The shop have the AIAIAI TMA-1, and the famous panas zirconia, and many other phones, and I'm hesitating between medium-sized phones and IEMs.
I listen mainly to post-punk and electro, but I also listen to rock, a bit of pop, old psychadelic bands and metal. I'd be using them on the bus and they'd have to be storable in a coat pocket or in a bag without breaking.

I like bass, but it has to be precise. Highs can't be too harsh or tinny, and I like my mids not bloated.

I'm looking forward to your suggestions,
Stront :)

Disguise 02-13-2011 12:47 PM

I'd say go for the TMA-1, a really good headphone and still handy for on the go (but since I've got not that much experience with cans, don't blame me if i'm wrong ;) ). For some impressions about the TMA, you could read the review by dfkt (which you probably did already)

Jaigoda 02-13-2011 01:08 PM

If it was me, I'd definitely go for the HJE900's. They sound amazing, and considering your last headphones broke due to cable problems, I'm sure you wouldn't mind the replaceable cable. :D

If you're leaning toward over-the-ear headphones, I have no clue. My only medium-sized pair of headphones is a $20 Logitech headset that sounds like someone being strangling by a pillow, so I don't have much experience there.. But apparently those AIAIAI are good (though I can't think of anything but Monkeyball when I hear about them). ;)

Strontium Wizzard 02-14-2011 01:43 PM

I'm personnaly looking at :
(Headphones): -AKG Q460
-Philips "The Stretch" mentionned by the DarkSide
-Sennhiser HD25
-Shure SRH750DJ
-V-Moda Crossfade
and possibly the Marshall Major

(IEMs) -Panasonic Zirconia (obviously, from the review...:) )
-Sennheiser IE6
-Denon AH-C710
-Bose In Ears 2

Any ideas ?

Satellite_6 02-14-2011 03:14 PM

If you have the option of using cans instead of IEMs they would probably be a better option. . . I was disappointed in the performance of the HJE900's (but I'm the only one).

Strontium Wizzard 02-16-2011 12:18 PM

Unfortunately, the HJEs aren't an option anymore : the price went up by 120€ since it's the end of the sales.

nodirectionhome 02-16-2011 12:21 PM

I did read somewhere that the IE6 is somewhat better than the IE7, but I can't remember where.

For that money you should definitely be able to get something better than your cx880.

Strontium Wizzard 02-16-2011 01:08 PM

I found that after about 300 hours of burn-in my CX880s sounded good, but if that's the case, I can't wait to try something else :)

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