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Hey all,

Well I think I'm going to sell my Bose QC3s which I have loved but, have found them to be too big (I want travel ready, for the future Iphone and what not, but also hi-def for gaming, music and movies) and have heard that sound can get much better.

1st Q: Do high quality canal headphones give up too much in the way of audio performance compared to Circumaural headphones such as the SENNHEISER HD555s?

2nd Q: What are the best canal headphones in the 100-175 range? I know Shures and Sennheisers are good but, thats where my audio knowledge pretty much stops.

I will be plugging whatever I get into a AuzenTech Auzen X-Fi Prelude or somthing a bit cheaper. Thanks guys.
    
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IEM/Earbud
1-Sony ex90 ($95)
1-Jays D-jays ($99)
1-Westone UM1 ($109)
1-Shure e3c ($119)
1-Super.Fi.5 Pro/EB ($130-$150)
2-Yuin pk1 ($139)
1-Sennheiser CX95 ($140)
1-Shure e4c (~160)
1-Jays q-jays ($170)
1-Atrio M5/M8 ($180)
1 Q: Owning many IEM's, specifically in your price range I'd say that it's not that it give sup SQ for headphones in the 100$ range, its the soundstaging and the actual punch and presence. headphones naturally have the feeling when gaming, of being in the game. IEM's aren't typically made for gaming [well razer says they make some, but they're crap], they're usually used for sound isolation and portability.

2.Best canal is dependent on what you want out of canal headphone? From what i've read, [i don't own a pair] the yuin pk1's are awesome for their price. many people buy the super.fi 5's, but i always see them on sale used so that can't be a good thing. i've owned super.fi's and they're uncomfortable to me, and the tips are cheap and ineffective. but, they do provide awesome sound isolation, and you can always use the shure olive tips on them. they had great SQ for the price, as well. sony's in any department don't have as nice SQ, the definition in the lows for most of their IEM i've owned is not well defined, but it's quanitity makes up for it. i've had a pair of sony IEM's i bought for 20$ and they've lasted me 5 years.
also, sennheisers lack a little in the IEM department, you wont see many people with them.

That being said, i just bought some Denon-C551k's, I'll tell you how they go [they come in the mail tomorrow] in comparison to my other IEM's.
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Thx phospholipid. Rep.

Hmm...Maybe ill get the HD555s for now. I would like to have one set for everything though. Anymore info people?
    
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HD555 would not be good for traveling, since they're open, on a plane or such you'll be hearing everything and everyone else will be hearing your music.
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The Shure E4c, Atrio M5, and the Super.fi 5 Pros are very good IEMs, I think the reason why so many people are selling the Super.fi 5 pros is because 1) they can't get used to IEMs, or 2) moving up to the triple.fi 10 pros. The Super.fi 5 pros are slightly out of your range, but they can be found used.
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If you're really in for a budget... JVC Marshmallows. They're so inexpensive it's not even funny.
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The Shure E4c, Atrio M5, and the Super.fi 5 Pros are very good IEMs, I think the reason why so many people are selling the Super.fi 5 pros is because 1) they can't get used to IEMs, or 2) moving up to the triple.fi 10 pros. The Super.fi 5 pros are slightly out of your range, but they can be found used.
Eh, you can find them for 150-170$ on e-retailers, the EB ones even cheaper. they're always on sale used over at head-fi. I've owned many IEM's and i'd have to say even though the super's provide excellent isolation, they pop out every chance they get, especially when working out. My 20$ sony's stay in better then the supers, but you can always get olives or other 3rd party tips.

As for headphones, I'd say just get some decent IEM/Buds, as gonx said, the marshmellows are stupid cheap, and have decent SQ for the 20$ [some places 11$] price tag.
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Are their any IEMs that can rival full-bore headphones when it comes to music, gaming, movies, ect? I'm a minimalist and like to have single things that can do multiple jobs well. If not, I will probably get the HD555 for home use and cheaper IEMs for travel and such.
    
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Hey all,

Well I think I'm going to sell my Bose QC3s which I have loved but, have found them to be too big (I want travel ready, for the future Iphone and what not, but also hi-def for gaming, music and movies) and have heard that sound can get much better.

1st Q: Do high quality canal headphones give up too much in the way of audio performance compared to Circumaural headphones such as the SENNHEISER HD555s?

2nd Q: What are the best canal headphones in the 100-175 range? I know Shures and Sennheisers are good but, thats where my audio knowledge pretty much stops.

I will be plugging whatever I get into a AuzenTech Auzen X-Fi Prelude or somthing a bit cheaper. Thanks guys.
The Yuin PK1s are very nice .

However they do need a amp to sound their best.

The Yuin Pk2s are easier to drive but are not as refined as the PK1.
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Eh, you can find them for 150-170$ on e-retailers, the EB ones even cheaper. they're always on sale used over at head-fi. I've owned many IEM's and i'd have to say even though the super's provide excellent isolation, they pop out every chance they get, especially when working out. My 20$ sony's stay in better then the supers, but you can always get olives or other 3rd party tips.

As for headphones, I'd say just get some decent IEM/Buds, as gonx said, the marshmellows are stupid cheap, and have decent SQ for the 20$ [some places 11$] price tag.
Really? they much have dropped in price since I was buying my E4c, the EB is cheaper because, well, it's not as good, obviously. The UE would stay in better if you use the Shure black olives instead of the UE sleeves.
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