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I've posted a few questions around in various threads, but I'm going to put it all in one thread to try and come to a final decision.

 

 

IEMs - Budget = <£50

I mainly listen to EDM but also some pop and R&B so I'm after a good all rounder but specifically good sub-bass. If I could find a set that have a very similar sound signature to the beyerdynamic DT770s then that would be ideal. Some suggestions I've had so far are the Fischer Audio Consonance V2 and Sony MDR-EX510, both were from TD.

 

The EX510 are described as a great all-rounder as the Sony earphones have a little less emphasis on bass and more prominence in the mids. They have a great midrange, a good extension in the highs and furthermore a nice low end that extends reasonably well. They sound like they would fit my needs well. The Consonance is very much like the EX510s, where they can be seen as an all-rounder but has a more prominent mid-bass and therefore less mids.

 

EX510 =  more mids, less mid-bass (better for EDM)

Consonance = more mid-bass, less mids

 

They are difficult to find in the UK so other suggestions that are easier to find are welcome.

 

USB Microphone

The Samson Go Mic seems like my best option, it costs £35 and can easily clip onto the top of my laptop. I'll probably use a cheap Monoprice pop filter too.

 

This is pretty set in stone because I can't think of any other options but if you do have any thoughts let me know.

 

DAC

My laptop has a pretty loud noise floor, there is a constant hiss when using the native headphone port. So I'm after a USB DAC solution to remedy that.

 

I posted about this in the HEC a couple of days ago and it seemed like the best option would be the Sabre U2 Asynchronous USB DAC for £35. Again if anyone has any better options in mind, post away!

 

 

Thanks in advance. :) 

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Did you exceed your own budget there?

Unfortunately, I'm not good with IEMs in that price range, and some stuff I would think of is not too available in the UK. Xiaomi Piston 2, Philips TX1/TX2, Sony MH1C all seem to have too much subbass but otherwise kind of should fit and even run under £50.

For a cheap USB mic, the Samson Go Mic seems to be it, I guess. Blue Snowball isn't all that much more though.

I already discussed the HiFimeDIY Sabre U2 earlier.
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Originally Posted by mikeaj View Post

Did you exceed your own budget there?

Unfortunately, I'm not good with IEMs in that price range, and some stuff I would think of is not too available in the UK. Xiaomi Piston 2, Philips TX1/TX2, Sony MH1C all seem to have too much subbass but otherwise kind of should fit and even run under £50.

For a cheap USB mic, the Samson Go Mic seems to be it, I guess. Blue Snowball isn't all that much more though.

I already discussed the HiFimeDIY Sabre U2 earlier.

I did go over my own budget a bit, but it's fine. If I have to pay £10-£20 more for something better then so be it. :)

 

The IEMs is the main area I'm stuck on, there's too much choice...

 

Thanks.

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The Xiaomi pistons (2.0) will suit you. They have a pretty nice bass response, and they react well to EQ.

I use them with my mobile..no complaints smile.gif
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The Xiaomi pistons (2.0) will suit you. They have a pretty nice bass response, and they react well to EQ.

I use them with my mobile..no complaints smile.gif

Thanks! I just read the review on Head-Fi. They do seem to fit the bill quite nicely, for only £25 too.

 

I can't find them in the UK though (except eBay) which seems to be a common issue for headphones I'm being recommended.

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There is a seller on amazon who sells them. But i've heard there are fakes, must be careful.
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