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Old 01-19-2012, 10:27 PM
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Default Would like advice for cheap earbud setup with Fiio E10/E17

Hellooo im new here. i made a similar topic in the portable head amp section but would also like some advice on the cans. especially important for me because I have relatively little listening experience. I only have what other people say to go on before i buy.

So the initial issue was this: I bought a very nice gaming laptop from sager. It was otherwise awesome and dreamy but the headphone jack is utter crap! i didnt want to have crackling audio while everything else on the laptop is snappy. I browsed around in notebookreview forums and they almost unanimously said Fiio E10s are great bang-for-buck low budget

I was pretty set on the purchase when I thought, since im making an audio upgrade, might as well get a new pair of earbuds. Yes, earbuds, because I cant wear in-ears for too long before they get uncomfortable. fullsized headphones.. sort of feel like a large commitment. call me a wimp. and from what i've read, nicer earbuds can more or less provide a similar experience as overear headphones? bottom line: i really want to stick to buds.

so far I have trimmed my choices to this:

E10 + pk3/mx580 around $130

E10 + E6 + AS Shine/pk1 $200

E17 + AS Shine/pk1 $250

I know the cost disparity is kinda 'wtf'. its all within budget, so the question is which is better value?

or if there would be a more appropriate setup please suggest.

I THINK i would prefer warmer sounding, with wide soundspace, but not 100% sure because like i said, i have little listening experience. currently i own B&O A8, Sennheiser CX300ii, SRH 240, none of them are really my cup of tea.
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