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~$100... Good in-ear headphones?

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So my current headphones broke and I was looking to pick up some good, comfortable in-ear headphones.

I know these headphones can be quite uncomfortable if they are some cheapo ones, and they often sound like garbage.

 

I was looking for a good pair thats around $100 thats comfortable, portable, and good for my ipod. I will look in to any suggestions, so thanks for the help!

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For under $100 I would suggest a pair of the cheaper UE's, the Super.fi 3's are a good set (they're what I use). Check out www.headphone.com

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I have the Shure E2Cs, and they are AMAZING. I was just thinking the other day while wearing them that I didn't feel as though the sound was coming from an outside source, but rather, it felt as though the music was playing IN my head. I tried to focus my hearing, but the entire time, it was as though the band was inside my brain playing the music. It just takes sound-isolation to a whole new level.

 

The E2Cs retail at $100, but you can get some really good deals on Amazon. I got my pair for around 65 bucks and were worth every penny. :)

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I think when you are spending a reasonable amount of cash on anything audio that it is good to see if you can trial kit you are thinking of buying.

I don't know if there are any places near you that will let you try out in-ear headphones (or any places at all for that mater).

The basic rule is that audio preferences are highly subjective, so auditioning is a good thing to do if you can.

 

I own some Sennheiser CX300s which I am happy with (and am thinking of writing a review on the next time I am bored), but I suspect you can do (likely a lot) better with your budget.

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headphone.com gives you a 30 (I think) day 100% (less shipping) return policy, so if you don't like them, send them back and try something else. Though, even investing that small amount in IEM's you're probably going to want a LOD and an amp later on... Try www.audiolineout.com for LOD cables and then look around at the FS thread at head-fi for a pocket amp.

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I think a pocket amp is a little overkill for just his iPod. I think you should just stick with a good brand like Sennheiser or Shure and you'll be more than happy.

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i have the sennhieser cx 300's the cord is a bit too short for my likes but the sound is exellent i also have a pair of the panasonic ones cant remember the model and they are not comfy and dont sound anywhere near as good as the cx300's

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I think $100 is way to much to spend on headphones...Why not spend like $20 at walmart and then the other $80 on like a home base for it or something else. Why blow $100 on headphones.

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I think $100 is way to much to spend on headphones...Why not spend like $20 at walmart and then the other $80 on like a home base for it or something else. Why blow $100 on headphones.

 

Because $20 headphones just aren't in the same league as $100 headphones. If you even have to question paying that much, then you're obviously not their target demographic (lemme guess, you use on-board audio for your computers).

 

I was originally a bit skeptical paying over 50 bucks for a set of earbuds, but it was one of the best investments I've made for my day to day life. Listening to my iPod is just serene, an experience I've yet to have with any $20 set of 'buds. I spent around 50 bucks on a set of cans for my desktop and that has also been a great investment.

 

I've spent several hundred dollars on sound equipment. It's quite clear that I have a taste for good, high quality audio. If the OP feels like spending $100 on audio equipment, I would have to say that he also respects good quality audio.

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It's the same reason people spend ridiculous money on high end graphics cards.

Sure you can play games on something cheaper, but when you something of a certain quality it becomes an all together more pleasurable experience.

 

And if you consider that most people will spend a lot more time listening to music than playing games (I know I do), then it makes even more sense.

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I picked up Shure e2c sound isolating headphones mostly because of the overly-excited review given :) I will let you guys know how they do.

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I picked up Shure e2c sound isolating headphones mostly because of the overly-excited review given :) I will let you guys know how they do.

 

Keep in mind that like all audio equipment, it'll take a little time for them to break in. But don't worry, they'll be amazing when you get to that stage :)

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