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Old 05-20-2010, 10:34 AM
huachimingo huachimingo is offline
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Default looking for iem with good isolation, low microphonics, budget ~$100

Good day everyone!!

I'm looking for a pair iem's with good isolation, low microphonics and acceptable sq , my budget is ~$100 shipped to Europe.
Now I use a pair of re2's. They sound very nice but their low isolation and annoying microphonics made them quite useless for my daily commute. I tried to improve isolation using diy foam tips but it wasn't enough (because I have rather narrow ear canals I can't use the stock bi-flanges that came with the iem's). For the microphonics I bought a pair of ear guides but, because of the shape of the earbuds, the cable don't stay in place.

So my requiriments are:

-Isolation: Better than re2's with foam tips.

-Microphonics: The lowest possible, they must be easy to use over-the-ear.

-SQ: I really like re2's sound signature. My music collection is roughty 50% baroque, 30% electronica (Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada) and 20% podcasts. Then I suppose that an easy to equalize iem will be useful (my dap is a rockboxed fuze).

I made my homework and based in ljokerl and ClieOS multi-iem reviews, my options are (in no particular order):


Soundmagic PL50 (not good isolation, but very comfortable and low microphonics)

Nuforce NE-7M / NE-6

Philips SHE9850

Fischer Audio Silver Bullet

Fischer Audio Eterna (superb sq, isolation and comfort)

Hippo VB (lestatar sugestion)

Which of them is the good one? Any sugestion is welcome.

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