How to buy my first IEM

Discussion in 'Portable Headphones & Earphones' started by jcdamasceno89, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. jcdamasceno89

    jcdamasceno89 Casual Listener

    Apr 3, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I've just created an acount exclusively to ask for your help. In the first place, I must admit I loved this forum, have never seen such insteresting reviews and detailed info anywhere. Second, I DO KNOW that this forum has a lot of questions exactly like this. I also do know that you may be tired of answering such identical ("wich one???", "help me pleeeease!!!") posts, so I did google and read the most if not all of them before creating this one.
    But although there were many recomendations for other users, I really think some 'personal' help would be nice in the end. So, if you could spend a few minutes typing a couple words it would be very, very helpful to me. Well, let's to the fact:

    My friend is arriving from US next week (I'm from Brazil), and he is the only chance I've got to get a "decent" phone, since due to taxes a US$ 40 Senn CX300 (US$ 1 = R$ 1,80) is costing R$ 169 (!!!) here, what makes it insane to buy. Until now I've never had (or even tested) any phone but the earbuds that came with my mp3 players (nowadays a Philips GoGear). After reading that using a nice phone is like a blind guy seeing fot the first time, I decided it was time to buy one. So, here's what I'm looking after:

    - I WANT an IEM. I can't buy a headphone, cause I mostly listen to music on the bus or walking.

    - I WILL buy from, so the only prices that matter to me are theirs.

    - My BUDGET IS US$ 50. It means R$ 90, which is quite A LOT here. Of course a US$ 55 phone is ok, but not a 80 bucks one.

    - I NEED an resistent phone, since there will be no suport or waranty after purchace around here
    (I also will have to keep whichever I chose, cause there's no way to return it)

    - As I said, I've never used an IEM, don't have a clue about how they would fit on ears. So, I WANT them as confortable as possible. Also, I cannot buy tips or foams later, so I will have to use only the included ones.

    - I listen to music on (at?) heavy traffic, so I would like a good noise isolation (nice isolation + confort is possible? lol)

    - I DON'T WANT "super bass", "distortion" or these things, I just wanna play the music with fidelity, as it was suposed to be.

    - I mostly LISTEN to: a lot of piano (Keane, Coldplay, Norah Jones), folk (Jack Johnson, Noah and the Whale), some guitar (John Mayer), some "soft-heavy" (Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold) and alt/indie rock (Strokes, Kooks)...

    - I almost NEVER LISTEN to: "old" rock (Beatles, Jetrho Tull), metal (Metallica, Slipknot), classical, eletronic, or hiphop.

    Well, guess is it. Oh, some models that I heard of and interested me: Senn CX300, Image S2, Shure E110 (my price limit), NuForce NE7, MEElec M11, Skullcandies...

    I know that everyone has his personal taste, and I'm not expecting a miracle or a high-end sound at this price, but I would be REALLY glad if you could give me some sugestions/tips about these and others models, along (if possible) with arguments/links/reviews that justify them.

    Thanks for your time, and have a nice day!!!

    ps: Sory for my bad english, and for such a huge text, but I think that the most complete the better, right?

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