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Old 05-06-2006, 11:18 AM
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Default A List of Good IEMs (In Ear Monitors), Canal Phones, In-Ear Phones

This list hasn't been updated in a long time and has very much outlived its usefulness. Nowadays it's close to impossible to maintain such a list, since not only new IEM models but whole new companies seem to emerge on a daily basis.

Nevertheless, I will keep this thread stickied for the time being, since it provides a lot of information and useful discussion.
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IEMs (In Ear Monitors), like most of you certainly know, are not your usual earbuds. They go into your ear canal, have silicone or foam tips, usually in different sizes to match your ear canal. They provide much better bass and isolation from outside noise.

IEMs are generally considered a very good type of earphone for mobile music players, due to their superior sound quality and noise attenuation.

High-End models like the Ultimate Ears or ACS have custom molded ear pieces (requires a visit to an audiologist). They generally have two to four balanced armature drivers per earplug, providing, among other advantages, better bass/mid/treble separation.

$20 - $100:$100 - $200:$200 - $500:$500 - open end:Prices are MSRP, you should get many of these phones cheaper than listed. Feel free to add to this list, in case I forgot to mention some other good IEMs here.

Note: Sony, Bose, Skullcandy, Griffin and Koss IEM products have been omitted on purpose, due to their inferior quality and/or inflated price policy.

Last edited by EnzoTen; 03-04-2007 at 07:38 AM.
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