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Old 01-23-2007, 03:32 AM
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Hey,

I'm really looking for a new set of earphones. I'm also really poor... god i need a job. So essentially, i ask if anybody knows a decently sounding set of earbuds (in-earbuds/phones preferred) for a fairly cheap price? I'm not looking to spend anymore than $60au.

Keep in mind that i'm no audiophile, the stock earphones sound reasonable to me.
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Old 01-23-2007, 06:53 AM
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The cheapest decent in-ear phones are the JVC FX-33 "Marshmallow".
Normal buds would be the Sennheiser MX-400.
And clip-on phones the Koss KSC-75.

All three are in the US$10-15 price range, and sound good for the price.
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Old 01-23-2007, 11:37 AM
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http://www.bigwarehouse.com.au/produ...ducts_id=22644

Sennheiser CX300, $57 Australian.

Superb canal phones

http://www.shopbot.com.au/p-25291.html

A good review here in Oz, but more expensive

http://www.mrgadget.com.au/2006/03/s...eadphones.html

E Bay Oz

http://electronics.search.ebay.com.a...QQsacatZ109856

The ones sold by 'i-Fever' and 'i-web' look like fakes. All genuine CX300 come with a right angled silver 3.5mm plug and in full retail packaging

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Genuine-Sennh...QQcmdZViewItem

The above seller has 100%feedback and states his gear is genuine and in full retail pack
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:01 PM
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FWIW, I made a new sticky about good cheapo phones: http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...ead.php?t=8404

Fell free to contribute...
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Sennheiser 650's. $299 on Amazon. Best I have ever used. Worth every penny.
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Sennheiser 650's. $299 on Amazon. Best I have ever used. Worth every penny.
Nice suggestion, but I think he asked for good cheap in-ear phones.
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Sennheiser 650's. $299 on Amazon. Best I have ever used. Worth every penny.
Wow! If that's your idea of cheap - I'd really hate to see your idea of expensive!
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Wow! If that's your idea of cheap - I'd really hate to see your idea of expensive!
Maybe boatload has a 'boatload' of them he'd like to donate as prizes. After all they're just cheap headphones.

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If you're planning to buy the CX300s, you should opt for the Super.Fi 3s or Ety Er6s instead. Better sound for only $10-20 more.
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The Super.Fi 3 aren't better than the CX300, you only pay a premium for the UE name... and the ER-6 are something completely different - no bass, very analytical.
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Headroom has a "B-List" set of the .Fi 3's for 59 bucks US. I was going to try them, but I guess that solves that.

I did however, order 2 pair of the Creative EP-630's. One for me, one for my brother, and his gasp..... iPod Nano. Little chump.
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Contrary to the Super.Fi 3, the newer UE cheapos, the Metro.Fi 2 are more often recommended by people who tried them... I think they look good, too.
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Old 01-25-2007, 05:58 PM
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Came out in October? Never heard of them. UE needs to expose it some more. I've heard many, many good reviews for the Superf.Fi3s..Are you sure these ones are better?

I have the Er6s right now and am opting for some new in canal ones. The Er6s needs filter changing and that's like $15 bucks down the drain every time. Should have took that into account when I bought them.
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Well, I based that on what I read over at Head-Fi... the Metro.Fi can be seen as the successors of the SF3. UE ironed out some shortcomings of the SF3 with the MF2, from what I read. Most Head-Fi'ers agreed that they're a step forward.

http://headphonereviews.org/headphon...eadphoneId=226
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showpo...89&postcount=9
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showpo...35&postcount=5
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showpo...9&postcount=23
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i just ordered these... http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHE950...&s=electronics ...I had bought a pair of Philips and I liked the sound, they just didn't fit me...so i'm trying these...I'll let ya know...
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Okay so it's the Metro.Fis vs the Vmoda Vibes for me...Leaning towards the Vibes because they look better. :P
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Well, I based that on what I read over at Head-Fi... the Metro.Fi can be seen as the successors of the SF3. UE ironed out some shortcomings of the SF3 with the MF2, from what I read. Most Head-Fi'ers agreed that they're a step forward.
The MF2s are bass-heavy and 'fun'. An alternative to the Vibes perhaps.

The SF3s on the other hand are more balanced. A possible alternative to the Er6s.

Besides its thin cable, what other shortcomings does the Sf3s have? How exactly are the MF2s better than the Sf3s?

Better looks? More bass-inclined music? Thicker cable?
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The Vibes aren't bass-heavy, they're very balanced, similar to the ER-6, but personally I like them a lot better than the Etys. The Vibes indeed are fun to listen to, contrary to the clinical Ety sound. For my taste the Vibes do everything better than the Etys (except isolation) - better treble, mids and bass.

The SF3 have often been compared to the E2c... which isn't a good thing, IMO.

The MF2 have been compared to the SF5 Pro even, which is a whole other category in quality. People say the MF2 are just better tuned and a more advanced sounding IEM than the SF3... Super.Fi's are a bit bass-heavy in general, even the SF5 Pro, not only the SF5 EB...

I guess you have to find a store where you can try these different IEMs and decide which one sounds best for your needs.
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Would you recommend the MF2 over the Vibes? Both seem to be more lively sounding than the Er6s which I have now.

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I cannot recommend the MF2 since I haven't heard them - I just know that about everybody prefers them to the SF3. That's what I've been going for in the earlier posts in this thread...

The Vibes I'd recommend anytime, you won't find many IEMs this well sounding under $100.

From all I've read I'm relatively certain that the Vibes are a lot more refined sounding than the UE's, and probably less bass-heavy.

The Vibes are built very well, with an excellent cable - Super.Fi's are just plastic with a cheap cable (speaking here of my SF 5 EB, but I guess the cheaper ones aren't built with better materials).

As you might know already - the Vibes don't isolate very much. If you want good isolation, they're not for you. Here the UE's are certainly the better option.

This might be an interesting thread for you: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showth...-moda+metro.fi
(Forget the guy in post #4 who says the Vibes are pretty bassy - it is definitely not true. They have just the right amount of bass. The last post in this thread is the most informed sounding, IMO.)
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