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Spec me some budget earbuds

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Scougar, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Scougar

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    The last pair of headphones that I really enjoyed listening to music with were the JVC HA-FXC51

    They are no longer made, and headphone prices have gone nuts for some reason :(

    I would like a recommendation between 10 to 30 please that will be similar quality or better than my old FXC51's.

    I can't justify over 30 really so that puts E10's off the radar (and I remember them being cheaper previously?)
     
  2. lltfdaniel

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    Shame i was going to recommend the e10 but is out of your price range.
     
  3. neil_g

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    Same.
     
  4. rids57

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    If you're in the US as your location shows then you can get the Tennmak Pro for $30, a comfortable all rounder.
    The Tennmak Piano is $27 and has a really good bass but at the expense of a bigger housing.
    I have both and my favourite is the Piano, though it can become a little uncomfortable after a couple of hours.
     
  5. pooley

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  6. Scougar

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    So even though out of my range, peeps think that e10s are worth the extra?

    I will take a look at the tennmak stuff, thanks for the tip.

    Pooley, will take a look at audiobudget today, thanks!

    P.s.part of the pricing thing is that earbud wires seem to break easily or lose them lol.
     
  7. Scougar

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    OK, so my wife actually wants to get me something else for christmas so looks like I will be asking for the E10's :D

    Those the best to get? I would like reliability from them.
     
  8. rids57

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    Brainwavz B100 are currently on sale for £26, which is an absolute steal.

    I paid just under £50 for them and they trade punches with my Fidue A73 which are a £99 IEM.

    ps. they are easily the most comfortable IEM I have ever owned
     
  9. SamyBoy13

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    +1 for B100 for £26 you will not get better earphones for under £100. Plus they are on rainforest so no need to import and wait weeks.
     
  10. Scougar

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    Sorry... still not actually purchased these...

    Reading a few reviews saying the Brainwavz B100's are a little fragile, and have noise coming through the cord (when rubbing on clothes). Are the E10's better for durability (I just wrap them up and put in in pocket), than the B100's ?
     
  11. FishLicker

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    I’ve had a few pairs of Soundmagic E10s and now I’ve been recently using some ES18s and they are pretty much just as good sounding for a fraction of the money. IMO anyway, and I’ve had more than my fair share of headphones...

    Although now I’ve got some Chinese things off the internet, KZ ZS5, which cost me £35 but probably available for less, and I can say I’ve never been so surprised about how good something can sound for the price. Although they are a bit of a “hotted up” sound signature to me, they are a hell of a lot of fun.
     
  12. rids57

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    I've not found the B100s to be particularly fragile but then again I do roll them up properly and put them back in their case when I'm not wearing them.
     
  13. SamyBoy13

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    I put my B100 in my trousers with the car and home keys. They have light swirl like scratches, but other than that they are holding up good compared to my previous VSD3s (where my cable near the jack and iem itself broke within 8 months of use. Plus I lost them somewhere ;/) I'm surprised my B100 are still with me and it will be 12 months in 4 days
     
  14. Scougar

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    Well, long time coming... FINALLY decided to tell my wife that I needed headphones, ended up with the E10's. I'll be getting them at Christmas lol.

    I haven't had a pair of headphones in sooooooooo long :( Really looking forward to this.
     
  15. leemk

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    Was using the free AKG buds that came with my SG8+ for the past year that i thought where awesome , got a set of KZ ES4 that totally blow them away for £14
     
  16. Scougar

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    I honestly want a pair of ear buds that are proper quality, but the cables always seem to break so I don't want to keep paying for failed cables.
     
  17. Minstadave

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    Buy a pair with replaceable cables? Tenmak have replaceable cables even for cheapy headphones.
     
  18. osc89er

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    Rha have a three year warranty. You could look at their lower end earbuds.

     
  19. R3X

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    Was just looking at both the B100 and A73, do you find the female vocals or vocals in general are better on the B100 then the A73 ?

    Few reviewers and comments suggest the B100 has excellent vocals and details, A73s are meant to be excellent all rounders also.

    Sadly B100s look out of stock everywhere at 26 quid that was a bargain, A73s refurbs are 30 on flebay if anyone's looking and I believe 40 on rainforest
    down from 99 quid also.

    I have e10s but looking for something better.
     
  20. rids57

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    both do vocals well, the main difference is that the B100 has a more reference shaped FR, while the A73 is more fun (more bass and livelier highs)