Budget and types of music played please?
around £200 at most , I listen to dance, some rock (pearl jam, editors etc
Beyerdynamic MMX 101iE and save yourself £100.
whats the main source? iphone/android/portable audio player?
i use an ipod and sandisk sansa clip
I think it all depends on what you listen to and just how strong you want the bass to be.
Many of the models at the lower price range these days emphasise the bass...more than they used to anyway.
£200 is a lot to pay for earphones especially if you are using them on a mobile. As said above the Beyerdynamic MMX101iE should be on your list, along with the Nocs NS800 Monitor and the Klipsch X7i.
All of these are superb buds.
Unison Research CDE, Leema Tucana 2, Kudos C2 and some cables.
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Hi, I have a Sansa Clip as well and whilst it is good for what is is I personally wouldn't stick a £200 pair of phones on it. A much better player then some good headphones after that might be a better option (that's actually what me and 'er are going to do). I've found that the Sansa is challenged when it comes to musical involvement (been using it for ages) and I've also found that adding better earphones doesn't change that...even when playing flacs. HTH (sorry if it doesn't)
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I highly recommend Final Audio Design Adagio III.
Great bass (tight and musical) and a midrange to die for.
Having owned previously Etymotic ER-4P and Westone UM2 these Adagios are as good as those.
For £69.99 they are unbeatable value and they can hold their own against 200 pound plus ear phones.
They are recommended on here
Buy them with confidence.
why blow 200 quid when you can have audiophile sound for 70.?? To me it is a no brainer.
The sound is similar to that of the Senn's IE8 which cost 250 new.
The bass is superb and you can feel it when listening to prodigy or chemical bros. But it is so good that it doe not interfere with the Mids and treble.
I seriously love headphones and own Grados so know what I am talking about.
Call me a headphone connoiseur.
cheers , have read a few reviews etc and think these are exactly what i may be looking for ! so have took the plunge and ordered a set , will let you know what i think of them, can wait to try them out
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I am also interested in the adagios. Let us know how they sound, cheers matey.
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I have owned the Final Audio Design Adagio's for a while now and they never cease to amaze me. They are better than my Westone UM2'S.
And those Westone's cost 240 quid whereas my Adagios cost £58.99.
They are phenomenal for the price, but straight out the box they are muddy and the treble is shrill. Give them 20 hours burn in using a mix of pink noise and some heavy bass dance stuff (prodigy, chemical brothers,Sash.) The bass will tighten up and not be bloated, and the treble will become more detailed. I have been championing the Adagio;s for a while now and to me they are the best in ear monitors I have used and i have had experience with Etymotic er-4p, Senn's IE8 and Westone UM2.
I will endeavour to compare them to my previous in ear phones.
The detail is second to none only being beaten by Etymotics, but the bass is tight and very rhythmical and the midrange is simply lush.
Bass wise I would put them on par with another dynamic driver in ear phone in the Sennheiser IE8. To my ears they sound near identical and yet the IE8 cost 230 quid new and my Adagios were just under 60 quid.
In comparison to the Westones, the bass is much better as it is known a dynamic driver generally gives out better low end that balanced armatures.
Where the UM2 excels is in the treble - the treble is not as bright as the Adagios but is so detailed. The midrange on the Adagio's i find better to my ears. Comfort is slightly better with Westones.
The only problem with the Adagio's - well not really a problem - is it shows up bad recordings. Give it a well recorded album like Metallica's Black Album and it sounds superb. Feed it something like Oasis and it is really awful to listen to - unlistenable to my ears.
This is how good these earphones are.
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Rythmical tight bass
Price per performance
Shows up bad recordings
Treble can sometimes border on being bright
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I know this rule isn't infallible but just because a £70 pair of earphones is the 5 star (or equivalent award) product doesn't mean it is as good as a 5 star £200 pair of earphones as value for money etc is taken into account. I am no expert but I don't think an RRP £70 pair of earphones could ever be audiophile quality! :)
Just my opinion and I hope to be proved wrong one day!
Before someone spots it in my signature yes I am currently using Bose QC20i earphones and while I only paid £125 for them they are in no way audiophile quality or fantastic value for money but they are the best active noise cancelling earphones (I didn't want headphones) currently (again in my opinion).
I have had my fair share of earphones including (in no particular order): Klipsch X10i, Grado GR8, Grado GR10, B&W C5, Kef M200, Shure E2C, all the different Apple earphones, Monster iBeats, Sony XBA-3iP, Bose MIE2i.
As far as bass goes I would recommend the Sony XBA-3iP or it's bigger brother the Sony XBA-4iP.
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I think a £70 pair of phones can be as good as a £200 set.
High price tags do not mean better!!!!!!!
Bose blows. Bose to my ears sound lifeless and dull. Bose are low fi products at expensive prices.
Alessandro MS2i are £200 approx and are better than the Grado sr325i. yet another bargain.
Price does not mean anything.
Even the soundmagic E30's can easily beat some £150+ phones. Balanced armatures at £40 - this was never heard of 5 years ago. But the technology has moved on and is more common hence lower priced products in a market that is so competitive.
The Grado RS1i to my ears is better than the PS1000. And yet it costs over half the price less.
The Final Audio Design Adagio 3 - I would give it a 5/5 and i guarantee in a blind test with 2/300 pound earphones it can hold its own.
In hifi you do find bargains and to my ears this is one.and yes they are audiophile quality at a really good price.
No gimmicks with these in ear phones. Just audio bliss.
was looking at a some soundmagic e10's/E30's as my warm up pair. The e10s have something like 780 reviews on amazon. Thats pretty crazy when you think about it !
i dont doubt what rich is saying for one second, as i know full well that cost doesnt always correlate with performance in hifi. However, i am looking forward to what cheese38 thinks of them as someone with fresh ears so to speak lol.
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