Cheap or MidRange IEM for music encoded at 128kbps?

Discussion in 'Portable Headphones & Earphones' started by gg2327, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. gg2327

    gg2327 Casual Listener

    Jan 11, 2009
    hi everyone,

    i had narrowed down 2 iem to purchase the denon c551 and shure se210 when i read that with the se210 any music with low bitrate is going to sound flat and empty. so is it worth me investing in mid range earphones or should i just stick to cheaper ones like the creative ep630 (£7) or senheiser cx300(£17) which i can buy real cheap. thanks for any opinions.
  2. Shaun-HiFi

    Shaun-HiFi Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 30, 2008
    Cheap IEM earphones

    Both the Shure SE210 and Denon AH-C551 are very light on bass response, so can be a bit disappointing initially. Further listening may lead you to be impressed by the level of detail and clarity that is not available with a cheaper pair of IEM earphones.

    I feel the Shure SE110 is actually a much better balanced sounding earphone than the Shure SE210. The lower end is much more present than it's more expensive brother. We often recommend the SE110 as a first step into real IEMs.

    The Sennheiser CX300 is a very solid choice, although not a full blown IEM (the earphone seals on the outer entrance to the ear canal). The sound is very pleasing and warm - if anything the bass response is a little heavy and colours the lower mids.

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