In need for choosing a good mid-range headphone

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  1. Jyn-Jyn

    Jyn-Jyn New Member

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    Guys, I currently own a Shure E2C and Klipsch Custom 1. However I have not been too happy with the sound on both of them and looking to upgrade. I heard the Bose in-ears and they sound horrible.

    I've been thinking of getting one of the following:

    • Klipsch Image X5
    • Shure SE420/S310/SE210
    • Q-Jays
    • Sennheiser IE 6/7

    And all this talk about single/double, dynamic/balanced armature drivers is really confusing me.

    If anyone wants to suggest better cans. I'm all ears.
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    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

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    Jeez they are all bloody good choices :| It really does depend on what style of music you prefer, how much bass you like (Midrange+treble as well) if you like balanced sounds, a warm sound etc...
    What is your limit in terms of price?

    Brief info about BA and dynamics: So you have dynamics. They are the cheaper ones that tend to give more bass out. It's what most cheaper headphones use. It consists of a moving coil driver. Balanced armatures are "As shown schematically in the first diagram, it consists of a moving magnetic armature that is pivoted so it can move in the field of the permanent magnet." From wiki. Double drivers and triple drivers you may here are how many drivers they have. Most expensive ones tend to have 2 drivers (1 woofer+1 tweeter) or 3 drivers (2 woofer+1 tweeter) OR (1 Woofer, 1 mid range and 1 tweeter) So discuss what types of music you like and what type of sound signature you like and we can thoroughly discuss some headphones.

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    I'll ask TheChungster. He knows his headphones.

    EDIT: Nvm -.-
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    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

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    Well my budget is about £80-£140.

    My kind of music is the rock and hip-hop. In other words, I am more of a bass lover and would like to listen to clear, undistorted music. I've heard the image X10 before and although its a single driver, I like the way background bass is more profound.
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    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

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    out of that list in the first post, I would not recommend the shures for bassy stuff. Sennheiser IE8 might actually suit you more as it has a tunable bass, but this is at a price of £200+ I think. My best bet I think for good bass is the x-10's in my opinion. I haven't heard the jays though, so I cannot comment on them.
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    Jyn-Jyn New Member

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    Yup the IE 8 are around that £200 region price.

    On the other hand the X10 is out of my budget since its about £170. Also I didnt quite like the unnatural sound.

    Your thoughts on the IE 6/7 ?
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    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

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    I am unsure about the IE7's but I think they are pretty good. I have read that they have less bass than the IE8's but are quite balanced.
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    skullcandy ftw!!!!111
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    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

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    Just why? Mids are terrible, bass is muddy and treble is lacking. I would always go for £100+ now since you always get the better audio quality with them headphones.

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