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Looking into getting myself a nicer pair of headphones for when I am working out but can't decide between clip ons or IEMs, as well as which pair people think is the best price:performance.

Price Range: ~$100 (+$50 if you think it is worth it, +$100 if you can find it at Best Buy)

Music: All over the board, in order from most frequent to least. Electronic (trance, house, dub, hardstyle); Rock (led, acdc, RAtM), hiphop/rap (dre, biggie, eminem)

Use: Mainly for fitness training; ie - the gym, running/biking trails, circuit training, etc. I have a nice pair of Ultrasone P750s for at home, so these will be used mostly on the go. Also will be used occasionally at school when I forget my good headphones at home.

Key qualities: Comfortability is #1 since i will be using these A LOT every single day. I workout 6 days a week so they need to be enjoyable to use for long durations. #2 is SQ, and I really couldn't care about looks. Perks would be inline controls or if it comes with a nice armband or something but not necessary.

I live in the US so please stick to stuff I can find around here, preferably Best Buy items if you can. If not, then just any other major retailer (Amazon, newegg, micro center, b&h, etc)

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What I have found so far that I like are the Sennheisers Sport clip ons

the Bose SIE2i sport buds

and the very interesting Monster Gratitudes

Wish I would have just seen my spam mail earlier cuz I found a 1 day sale on those gratitudes for $55... Oh well, too late now. So any advice on what I should be looking at, either from good reviews or from personal opinions? I am kind of a bass head, but still want to be able to appreciate the rest of the spectrum without the bass drowning everything else out.
Edited by xRehab - 4/19/13 at 11:32am
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"I love my sure se215 they are iems with over the ear detachable cables. I wear mine 3+ hours straight when doing outside FTTH work move around alot work with ladders. they sound very nice.
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"I love my sure se215 they are iems with over the ear detachable cables. I wear mine 3+ hours straight when doing outside FTTH work move around alot work with ladders. they sound very nice.
seems like they are pretty well liked from a quick google, and detachable is actually pretty nice cuz I never even thought about that with iems. I'm kind of a basshead, think these will be able to deliver?
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I have a pair of Klipsch Reference S4i's and they are amazing IMO, great sound all around the board, and amazing sound isolation. They were 89.99 for me when I got them here in Canada. And I'm a basshead too, and are loving the klipsch ones even just on flat non EQ'd music it sounds great ! With bass being boosted in an EQ setting I'd think it would satisfy most bassheads even headphone users due to the isolation.
   
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the se215ltd are suppose to have more bass (hearsay) I find the se215 perfect for me but Im not a basshead.
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I have a pair of Klipsch Reference S4i's and they are amazing IMO, great sound all around the board, and amazing sound isolation. They were 89.99 for me when I got them here in Canada. And I'm a basshead too, and are loving the klipsch ones even just on flat non EQ'd music it sounds great ! With bass being boosted in an EQ setting I'd think it would satisfy most bassheads even headphone users due to the isolation.
I was actually just looking at these. found out we had a sweet accommodation for them at work so I can get a really good deal. Love the in inline controls and I personally really like the quality of all Klipsch speakers I have bought in the past so I am hoping their headphones are just as good.

I was thinking of possibly these

X10i's : ~ $140

or the S4i's like you said, specifically the rugged version since I will be running trails with them and hope that they might just be a little more durable than the others.

S4i's : ~ $55

I just don't know if the X10i's are worth the extra $95, or if we are getting to the point where the SQ difference is negligible at that price point. Yes I am sure they deliver better sound, but these aren't for monitoring or anything, just working out and sweating in, so is it worth the jump? Better question, would YOU pay for the difference if given the opportunity?
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I didnt go for the s4i cause a lot of people were complaining of cord noise and to me thats a deeal breaker
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Quote:
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I didnt go for the s4i cause a lot of people were complaining of cord noise and to me thats a deeal breaker

As long as the cord can be isolated, microphonics won't be much of an issue. But it does mean that a clip on will have to be worn all the time (clip to the collar of the shirt).
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yeah thats why I went with the se215, and I dont regret it
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