android
  #1  
Old 06-20-2013, 11:43 AM
JK98 JK98 is offline
Ultra Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 4,058
Default IEMs under $25

I was just comparing 6 of my IEMs in the $15-$25 range.

Panasonic RPHJE450-nice bass slam without too much bass and great fit, but not as much midrange detail as the HJE355 or HA-FX40.

Panasonic RP-HJE355-great midrange detail, but not as much bass as the other IEMs listed here. Also a very nice fit.

Meelectronics CW31- nice overall sound, but too much treble. Build quality feels lower than the other IEMs listed here.

JVC HA-FX40- great detail and nice bass, but way too much treble! Build quality also doesn't seem that great.

JVC HA-FX67-Great fit, but seems lacking in midrange detail.

JVC HA-FX101-Way too much bass! Build quality feels cheap. As this is listed as a basshead IEM, I guess I shouldn't complain about way too much bass. The IEM is large and sticks out too much, but not nearly as bad as the JVC HA-FX1X.

Which do I like the best? I seem to be using the RP-HJE450 the most. I do like the RP-HJE355 and HA-FX40 though. I guess these three I might buy again, however I am not so sure that I would buy the other three again. The CW31 mainly bothers me as far as the appearance and feel/build quality and not the sound.
Reply With Quote

Advertisement [Remove Advertisement]

  #2  
Old 06-21-2013, 08:36 AM
Sleep mode zZ Sleep mode zZ is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Tampere, Finland
Posts: 94
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JK98 View Post
I was just comparing 6 of my IEMs in the $15-$25 range.
Panasonic RP-HJE355-great midrange detail, but not as much bass as the other IEMs listed here. Also a very nice fit.
I didn't bond with this. It could be that I didn't give it enough time to impress me. The ear tips ("deep fit") wasn't a match for one of my ear canals. I did put it in - it didn't seal - then carefully pull it out a bit - while listening to music - to find the right spot for the seal. Always have to check the seal by listening to music was too much for my impatient nature. They also looked too feminine for my taste. So I gave them away.
Quote:
Originally Posted by JK98 View Post
JVC HA-FX67-Great fit, but seems lacking in midrange detail.
These get used always when I crave for fun bass. They have a V-shaped sound signature and an exaggerrated bass and as such do not fit all music. Currrently they have a well secured place in the ecosystem of my IEMs.
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old 06-21-2013, 09:27 AM
JK98 JK98 is offline
Ultra Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 4,058
Default

If you like a crazy amount of bass, then get the JVC HA-FX101. It has even stronger bass than the HA-FX67. The FX101 is only around $15 now. As for the Panasonic HJE355, I couldn't get a good seal with the included tips but got a good seal with the Sony tips I had bought separately. Quite often I don't get a good seal with the tips that come with an IEM, but manage to get a good seal from other tips I have. Those Sony tips were the only tips I bought separately.
Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old 07-03-2013, 01:26 PM
Sleep mode zZ Sleep mode zZ is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Tampere, Finland
Posts: 94
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JK98 View Post
If you like a crazy amount of bass, then get the JVC HA-FX101. It has even stronger bass than the HA-FX67. The FX101 is only around $15 now.
I don't know if I like a crazy amount of bass. The bass amount of HA-FX67 could be enough. I don't like the looks of the HA-FX101 so I will buy it only if I get it really cheap.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JK98 View Post
As for the Panasonic HJE355, I couldn't get a good seal with the included tips but got a good seal with the Sony tips I had bought separately. Quite often I don't get a good seal with the tips that come with an IEM, but manage to get a good seal from other tips I have. Those Sony tips were the only tips I bought separately.
It didn't even occur to me to try different tips because the HJE355 do have a unique design. The whatisitcalled that goes into the ear is longer and and smaller in diameter than usually, so I didn't think any other tips would have fitted.

I'll add opinions of a few IEMs to this thread.

Would NOT buy again:

Panasonic RP-HJE140-G - I have used this when I'm outside because I like the unique colour. The sound is not really inspiring in any way. If I want bass, I prefer the HA-FX67, and if I want a more neutral sound, the Logitech UE200 is clearly superior. There is some muddledness in the sound and the sound stage is not to my liking.

JVC HA-FX22 - I prefer sonically this to the RP-HJE140 but it also loses to the HA-FX67
and the UE200 in the same way. It just do not have a place in the ecosystem of my IEMs.

Philips SHE3580 (and 3590) - My ears got fatigued with these. It is caused by unevenness or excess around the 3-6 kHz range. These can sound much better if equalized - but I can't be bothered . And even then they are a bit fatiguing. I'm not the only one with this problem with these earphones but we are probably in the minority and for the majority these are some awesome sounding cheap IEMs. The cable gives a impression of low quality.

Would buy again:

JVC HA-FX67 - I'm already explained this.

Logitech UE200 - I paid 20 ($26) for this, so it is a bit more expensive but worth the price. It do not give the bass satisfaction for me that the HA-FX67 does but for most people it has sufficient bass. It has a more neutral sound signature. It is non fatiguing for me but the highs are not subdued. Clearly better clarity than the HA-FX22 and the HJE140 has. Probably quite safe choice for all except the bass lovers.

Not sure:
JVC HA-FX35 - I liked these for a while. Compared to the HA-FX67 there is a family resemblance but the HA-FX67 has tighter bass (good) and more recessed mids (bad). The HA-FX35 has a unique sound that kind of makes studio records sound more like live records to my ears. It has to be that it muddles the sound in some way that sounds natural. It's all right for rock and pop music. On the other hand, muddle is muddle and mostly I want a more authentic reproduction of the music.
Reply With Quote

Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:18 AM.