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In Reply to: RE: need advice on earbuds under $100, please. posted by beach cruiser on May 26, 2022 at 14:32:34
I really like FiiO earphones and I own several pairs. However, all of mine cost well over $100. My favorite is the FD7 at $600. However, the FD5 is nearly as good at only $300. Therefore, I would recommend the FD3 IEM earphones at only $100. I've never heard these earphones, but based on my experience with the FD7's and FD5's, I would imagine these also represent an excellent value.
I have seen your contributions on the vinyl forum, and value a suggestion from such a skilled person who is also generous enough to share intelligent insight.
Thank you, the suggestion triggered some needed further thought on my purchase goals.
The suggested product has a lot going for it, and I quickly shredded my hypothetical price restrictions once I started looking around the manufactures web site. . I suppose most audio enthusiasts knows how that goes. Beyond the honest and detailed advanced product features presentation, I was impressed that they mentioned who made their drivers.
When I was shopping for speakers, I quickly learned to separate those who identified who made the drivers as superior to the guys who just used anonymous parts in such a critical role. it certainly simplified and condensed my possible buy list quickly. ( really straining to not talk about my drivers here)
Right now I am giving some further thought , and favor the focal brand @ $150 dollars, but only after further exploration of the FiiO stuff going for around $200.
FiiO seems more aggressive with product features than focal, who makes their drivers in house, and has been around long enough as a respected company that I know the name . the inner ear monitor stuff is the hang up. I don't know the products, and don't know how seriously to take the sound blocking abilities advertised as IEM by FiiO. FiiO offers silver wire at a lower price , on the other hand, gaining further credibility.
once I gain some familiarity with this product category, I might jump in more deeply. If in fact, what seems outside my understanding is true, that dinkey little drivers can make the cut against regular squadron commander size headphones with large drivers , the comfort of earphones is the clear winner.
I will not be looking forward to buying the amplification needed. Same problem as the phones, high goals, short money, no product knowledge. Yet I remain interested in a really unneeded and potentially costly change in my hi fi direction, all because of a long ago binaural recording demonstration through some stax electrostatic headphones. My baby step is just new computer earphones, that will probably do it. It took me a long time to have a system that sounded better than most headphones, so have some resistance to explore this direction seriously, and I really like spending money on car travel.
After posting, I read that you don't like IEM earphones. FiiO used to make some excellent earbud earphones and the EM5 is still available on Amazon. I own this earphone and it is absolutely spectacular. In fact, I think it might sound slightly better than the FD5, both of which cost the same amount: $300. I know this is well above your budget, but it's the last FiiO earbud earphone available from Amazon.
I was all in for the mission creep I was experiencing when considering what to buy, and was kind of warming to the $300 dollar product you suggested, with the only thing slowing my purchase was a concern about driving such a product out of my laptop. I needed more research.
That was until this week end, where after I got settled into the sand at a free concert at the beach,( all cover bands, nothing to brag about) looked down and realized I was sitting on my now buried in the sand earphones.
now I am toying with getting some lower cost ones that popped up when I searched for nano tube construction, which also use printed construction in the body. they don't cost the world , so I figure it might be fun to take a shot with new tech, figuring what the heck, plus knowing that ortofon upgraded their MM2 black cartridge with the same suspension material. it could well be the advanced and unique product claimed.
still deciding if I want to buy Chinese, fearing their exploitive labor practices might surface with low priced precision goods, but perhaps the printed product avoids that concern. also unsure about multiple drivers in some products because crossovers are so difficult .
I also used to have the first solar powered wrist watch on the market, , an analog pre digital minimalist thin design out of Germany, that got lost along the way. It's guys like me that make the interesting old stuff rare .
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