Old 03-25-2011, 08:54 AM
glumetu glumetu is offline
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Help Choice of IEMs for my J3?

Hello all,

I recently bought a Cowon J3 and I love it, however I don't think the stock earbuds live up to what that player can output, so I intend to buy some much better headphones.

I've already read many of the threads here and the stickied table comparison, but my head started spinning, I do not have such a refined understanding of the sound quality as you guys obviously do.

And since this is my first post, I will strictly follow the asking guidance in describing my needs:

Price Range: Up to $ 150, lower is better...
Type/Design: IEM.
Closed Style
Primary location of use: At home and on the go, when travelling.
Preferable SQ or Sound Signature: Balanced, I tend to listen to many genres, mostly synthpop, progressive rock, indie rock; but I do not shy away from any genre ranging from industrial (like Mindless Self Indulgence) to classic (Mozart, Beethoven, Enescu)!
Source: FLAC only from the Cowon J3, no amp (not sure the Cowon needs one).

Based on the readings so far, I have narrowed it down to:
1. Panasonic RP-HJE900
2. Phonak Audeo PFE... (?x)
3. Sehnheiser IE7

I would take other suggestions as well, but based simply on current availability in my country (Romania), I feel inclined towards the IE 7. However, if there's anything better in that price range that's worth waiting for a trip abroad, please feel free to change my mind

Thank you very much for you help!

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Old 03-25-2011, 01:05 PM
pseudohippy pseudohippy is offline
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I think you did pretty good there. From my reading the IE7 should be good for you. I have the HJE though and I tend to not use them much. They are heavy for my ears which are on the small side. I have trouble keeping them in. Also, I find them a bit screechy at times, almost sibilant. They have nice base and decent sound separation. I think they sound really good overall though actually minus the peeking treble but I tend to shy away due to the weight and fit issues. Keep in mind though, I may be one tip try away from them being great, you just never know with all the tips out there if you have the right ones for you which makes all the difference in the world.
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:12 AM
glumetu glumetu is offline
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thanks pseudohippy!
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