Etymotic HR series
Looking to get new earphones or IEMs. I will use these for casual listening on my commute which is quite long (75 min one way) so comfort is important. Primarily, I will be listening to electronic music of all sorts (electro, synth pop, industrial, disco, new wave, house, ambient, etc.).Right now, the playback device is a Nexus One. It will be replaced by a more modern Android smartphone soon but audio quality will only be one factor among many in my purchasing decision. I'm in the EU so my next smartphone will be volume limited to be compliant with regulations. EDIT: secondary playback device is laptop's on-board audio, STAC92xx (Intel HDA).Budget is EUR 100 max (based on my experience, that corresponds to ~ USD 100 max as electronics is relatively cheaper in the US). I have read some threads here on HA as well as gone through a few links (NwAvGuy, head-fi). People seem to suggest that trying out headphones yourself is important. Unfortunately, I can't personally test a bunch of gear as of right now--I was planning of just ordering something online.
I recently got a pair of Memorex IEM's with noise cancelling for US$23. Plenty more NC choices in your price range, and I think worth having for commuter use.
For IEM's that you aren't going to try before buying, some things to look for:Do they come with multiple size seals?Seal material? IMO latex are the most comfortable and flexible as to size, silicone the most durable, foam the least durable and get less compressable with age.
I have the Shure SE215. They lack a little bit of treble, but they're great otherwise. Amazing isolation.
Quote from: markanini on 30 April, 2013, 09:24:11 AMEtymotic HR seriesHF series, maybe?
Or MC series, cheaper and in your 100€ budget.
http://en.goldenears.net/GR_EarphonesMore specifically the Sony XBA-2
HF series is above budget.