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caen1
Oct 19, 2011, 05:13 AM
I'm looking to buy a new pair of in-ear headphones. I currently have the tour beats by dre and they sound very well, but the build quality is just awkward. The buds are loose and the remote on the cable is broken (cheap plastic). So I was looking for a new pair of in-ear headphones. I'd like the sound and build quality to be very good, and I'd also like a remote which would be compatible with a 5th generation iPod nano (the last clickwheel nano). Thanks in advance!



TMRaven
Oct 19, 2011, 08:44 AM
Monster Turbines. About the only product monster makes that are actually any good.

LaazyEye
Oct 19, 2011, 12:23 PM
I'm looking to buy a new pair of in-ear headphones. I currently have the tour beats by dre and they sound very well, but the build quality is just awkward. The buds are loose and the remote on the cable is broken (cheap plastic). So I was looking for a new pair of in-ear headphones. I'd like the sound and build quality to be very good, and I'd also like a remote which would be compatible with a 5th generation iPod nano (the last clickwheel nano). Thanks in advance!

Forever and always will recommend Shure for starter IEMs

http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SE115m-Sound-Isolating-Headset/dp/B0031RG33C

eric/
Oct 19, 2011, 12:49 PM
Klipsch Image S4 headphones

http://reviews.cnet.com/headphones/klipsch-image-s4-earphones/4505-7877_7-33577358.html?tag=prodList.0;bingo.1

I own a pair. They are amazing for the price. Definitely better sound quality than more expensive sets.

FWIW they are CNET's most highly rated/recommended in-ear headphones.

Antoni Nygaard
Oct 19, 2011, 03:41 PM
Just brought an iPod classic and b&w C5 today they sound amazing.

caen1
Oct 19, 2011, 03:45 PM
Thank you! I was also looking at Etymotic hf5, and they seem pretty serious. Also, I'm definitely going to get some three-flange buds if the headphones I choose do not include a pair in the package. After using the ones which came with my beats, I think they are way better in terms of sound isolation.

Also, could you guys tell me how long you have had yours, if you own the ones you recommend?

LaazyEye
Oct 19, 2011, 04:54 PM
Thank you! I was also looking at Etymotic hf5, and they seem pretty serious. Also, I'm definitely going to get some three-flange buds if the headphones I choose do not include a pair in the package. After using the ones which came with my beats, I think they are way better in terms of sound isolation.

Also, could you guys tell me how long you have had yours, if you own the ones you recommend?

Unfortunately, I own Shure's E2C and they are discontinued (and apparently the price has inflated since.)

eric/
Oct 20, 2011, 09:27 AM
Thank you! I was also looking at Etymotic hf5, and they seem pretty serious. Also, I'm definitely going to get some three-flange buds if the headphones I choose do not include a pair in the package. After using the ones which came with my beats, I think they are way better in terms of sound isolation.

Also, could you guys tell me how long you have had yours, if you own the ones you recommend?

I've owned the Klipsch S4 headphones for approximately 6 months.

What you should do is go to a store and try the different headphones to see what fits and sounds the best to you.

Joe-Diver
Oct 20, 2011, 09:31 AM
Monster Turbines. About the only product monster makes that are actually any good.

$150???? Jesus.....

MastahRiz
Oct 20, 2011, 09:34 AM
I also vote for the monster turbine pro coppers. I have yet to see better reviews for any in-ear headphones that cost the same or less.

It also depends on what you're looking for, what you're willing to spend and how much sound quality actually matters to you. If you just really love heavy bass then something like the beats headphones are probably what you want. If you're more of an audiophile you can check out head-fi.org for actual technical reviews about headphones, in-ear speakers, etc.

TMRaven
Oct 20, 2011, 09:44 AM
$150???? Jesus.....

It all depends on what you're willing to spend your money on. I have a 350 dollar pair of headphones connected to 300 dollars worth of headphone amp and dac, but I don't really consider it that ridiculous. And at the same time I don't really question anybody who spends a good amount of money for any other particular items or hobbies in their lives.

NTeggerdine
Oct 20, 2011, 10:50 AM
I own 2 pair of the Monster iBeats by Dre in ear headphones and I love them!! A little pricy but you won't regret it the sound on my iPod or IPhone even my iPad is amazing.

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$150???? Jesus.....


I paid $120 for my Monster iBeats in ear and $199 for my beats by dre on ear headphones. You have to pay for amazing quality. Sure you could spend $20 on headphones but I can't stand poor sound quality my iBeats by dre came with a lifetime warranty and a bunch of extras. Well worth the cost. You can go to most Staples stores and they have. Imply where you can test the in ear and on ear Beats by Dre headphones.

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$150???? Jesus.....


I paid $120 for my Monster iBeats in ear and $199 for my beats by dre on ear headphones. You have to pay for amazing quality. Sure you could spend $20 on headphones but I can't stand poor sound quality my iBeats by dre came with a lifetime warranty and a bunch of extras. Well worth the cost. You can go to most Staples stores and they have. Imply where you can test the in ear and on ear Beats by Dre headphones.

caen1
Oct 20, 2011, 11:40 AM
I've owned the Klipsch S4 headphones for approximately 6 months.
I've owned my beats for more than a year now. In the first 6 months, they were working perfectly. This is why I was asking how long you've had them, I can't really spend $150 on headphones every, say, 8 months :(

What you should do is go to a store and try the different headphones to see what fits and sounds the best to you.
I'd love to, but in my country/city, we don't really have such products in stores. This is why I'm buying them through Amazon UK.

I own 2 pair of the Monster iBeats by Dre in ear headphones and I love them!! A little pricy but you won't regret it the sound on my iPod or IPhone even my iPad is amazing.

Again, could you please tell me how long you've had them? Thanks!

Also, thank you for your replies!

sapporobaby
Oct 20, 2011, 12:49 PM
I'm looking to buy a new pair of in-ear headphones. I currently have the tour beats by dre and they sound very well, but the build quality is just awkward. The buds are loose and the remote on the cable is broken (cheap plastic). So I was looking for a new pair of in-ear headphones. I'd like the sound and build quality to be very good, and I'd also like a remote which would be compatible with a 5th generation iPod nano (the last clickwheel nano). Thanks in advance!

If money is no object, I would go for the Shure SE 535's. A bit cheaper are the B&W C5's. I have both and they are excellent. The Shures beat the B&W's but the B&W's ae superb as well.

bluespider
Oct 20, 2011, 12:55 PM
I have had the Bose earbuds and really enjoy them.

http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/headphones/audio_headphones/in_ear_headphones/index.jsp&model=mie2i_headset&intcmp=USD05005

eric/
Oct 20, 2011, 12:57 PM
I've owned my beats for more than a year now. In the first 6 months, they were working perfectly. This is why I was asking how long you've had them, I can't really spend $150 on headphones every, say, 8 months :(

I'd love to, but in my country/city, we don't really have such products in stores. This is why I'm buying them through Amazon UK.


Again, could you please tell me how long you've had them? Thanks!

Also, thank you for your replies!

Well, the headphones I listed are only about $50-$60 on Amazon I believe. I paid $55.

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I have had the Bose earbuds and really enjoy them.

http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/headphones/audio_headphones/in_ear_headphones/index.jsp&model=mie2i_headset&intcmp=USD05005

I had those as well for a while myself. They sound ok, fit me very comfortably, but the sound quality isn't worth the price at all. You can get much better sounding for cheaper.

mgipe
Oct 20, 2011, 01:18 PM
I've had a set of Etymotic ER4P phones for over a year, and am very pleased with them. The price is stratospheric, but the sound quality soars too. I find the triple flange ear tips work best for me. They work very well on an airplane to reduce the noise -- I leave them in on a flight even when no listening to music, just to reduce the jet noise. The one drawback is common to many in-ear phones. They are microphonic, so you will hear annoying rubbing sounds if you move around a lot while listening. Definitely not meant for the gym. They're very lightweight, and can be worn for hours without discomfort.

But the sound .... best I've ever experienced with phones.

Lagmonster
Oct 20, 2011, 01:23 PM
Etymotic for me. The under $100 option is better now than before.

decafjava
Oct 20, 2011, 01:30 PM
Etymotic for me. The under $100 option is better now than before.

+1 Best I ever had. :cool:

Tix
Oct 20, 2011, 03:03 PM
my suggestions are:

Shure SE 215
Klipsch Image S4
UE 500


fairly priced, great sound.

TMRaven
Oct 20, 2011, 03:54 PM
Etymotics have a nice, flat response, but I don't think they're quite the sound signature OP is after.

Scepticalscribe
Oct 22, 2011, 03:44 AM
If money is no object, I would go for the Shure SE 535's. A bit cheaper are the B&W C5's. I have both and they are excellent. The Shures beat the B&W's but the B&W's ae superb as well.

I'm also looking seriously at getting another set of in ear headphones (I already have the Bose, which are quite good, and a Sennheiser set). Over a year ago, a friend recommended the Shure se 420, but I see that that the 535 have superseded them; I've been looking with great interest at themand am seriously contemplating getting a pair. Are they really as good as all that?

Cheers

sapporobaby
Oct 22, 2011, 04:19 AM
I'm also looking seriously at getting another set of in ear headphones (I already have the Bose, which are quite good, and a Sennheiser set). Over a year ago, a friend recommended the Shure se 420, but I see that that the 535 have superseded them; I've been looking with great interest at themand am seriously contemplating getting a pair. Are they really as good as all that?

Cheers

Cheer mate.

In a word, I love the 535's. I had the original 530's and upgraded. I have not regretted it one bit. The sound is fantastic. No coloration. If the music is flat, the Shures deliver flat. They are in my opinion the best set of buds outside of the more expensive Ultimate Ears which I plan on ordering. Right now I use the B&W's as my sort of daily use phones, but when I want critical listening, I reach for the Shures. Many of the buds mentioned here are okay, but not for critical listening. Also, the sound reproduction systems in the iPhone or iPod or any portable device is handicapped but for the most part, the Shures make up for it. Get them. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Scepticalscribe
Oct 22, 2011, 05:46 AM
Cheer mate.

In a word, I love the 535's. I had the original 530's and upgraded. I have not regretted it one bit. The sound is fantastic. No coloration. If the music is flat, the Shures deliver flat. They are in my opinion the best set of buds outside of the more expensive Ultimate Ears which I plan on ordering. Right now I use the B&W's as my sort of daily use phones, but when I want critical listening, I reach for the Shures. Many of the buds mentioned here are okay, but not for critical listening. Also, the sound reproduction systems in the iPhone or iPod or any portable device is handicapped but for the most part, the Shures make up for it. Get them. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Thanks for the rapid and comprehensive response. I have looked at a number of threads on this forum over the past few months, and have sought advice & opinions on occasion.

I have been spending stupid sums of money on earphones that are good, but not great, and I'd prefer to get a really good set instead - an excellent set - as I love my music, travel a lot (hence headphones and iPods), and am tired of mediocre sound from earphones. When the 420 were suggested to me, I did a quick trawl, and at that time, the 530 were also mentioned. I've been looking at sites and reading reviews, and most seem to agree with you.

Thanks again, and you've pretty much persuaded me.

Cheers

sapporobaby
Oct 22, 2011, 05:48 AM
Thanks for the rapid and comprehensive response. I have looked at a number of threads on this forum over the past few months, and have sought advice & opinions on occasion.

I have been spending stupid sums of money on earphones that are good, but not great, and I'd prefer to get a really good set instead - an excellent set - as I love my music, travel a lot (hence headphones and iPods), and am tired of mediocre sound from earphones. When the 420 were suggested to me, I did a quick trawl, and at that time, the 530 were also mentioned. I've been looking at sites and reading reviews, and most seem to agree with you.

Thanks again, and you've pretty much persuaded me.

Cheers

Glad to help. You're like me. I want not just good sound but as good as I can get. To date the SE-535's have not let me down. In fact I am going into Helsinki by bus and I think I want to listen to the new Coldplay CD via those bad boys. Gonna put the B&W's back in their case. :)

Order, listen and enjoy mate.

Cheers.

Scepticalscribe
Oct 22, 2011, 05:58 AM
At the moment, I'm in central Asia with my old Bose; I don't expect to be back in western Europe for another few weeks, but, one week before my return is confirmed, I shall order the Shure 535, anticipate their arrival when I do, and enjoy them. Everyone has observed this is the "blue riband"of in-ear headphones - and I've already spent more than that amount on mediocre (but acceptable) nonsense, it makes sense to buy the best and simply enjoy them.

One final question: do they need a long period of warming up, or breaking in?

Cheers - and thanks again.

sapporobaby
Oct 22, 2011, 06:09 AM
At the moment, I'm in central Asia with my old Bose; I don't expect to be back in western Europe for another few weeks, but, one week before my return is confirmed, I shall order the Shure 535, anticipate their arrival when I do, and enjoy them. Everyone has observed this is the "blue riband"of in-ear headphones - and I've already spent more than that amount on mediocre (but acceptable) nonsense, it makes sense to buy the best and simply enjoy them.

One final question: do they need a long period of warming up, or breaking in?

Cheers - and thanks again.

I would say that about 2 weeks and they are warm and friendly sounding. The one thing that I like is that you can play them soft, or loud and they sound the same. They have been described as being polite. :) When I first got mine, I hooked them up to an iPod and played jazz and classical music through them for about two weeks. I left them in a draw the entire time so that they could play. I am quite sure you will love them.

Write back after you get them.

Cheers

Scepticalscribe
Oct 22, 2011, 06:16 AM
Thanks again, and yes, I had thought that a serious period of warming up was in order. Although it'll be several weeks (possibly a further month or so) before I get home (ordering anything to an address here is Not a Good Idea), I'll certainly let you know how I get on with them when I do get them.

Cheers

radgar
Oct 22, 2011, 08:23 AM
But I recommend a pair of custom-made in ear monitors. I had a couple of pairs of Shure earphones: E2C and then E3C (with triple flange buds). These were great, the E3Cs being more comfortable, more isolating and nicer sounding than the E2Cs. I then got some Ultimate Ears UE10s (no longer made). Super comfy with great sound and noise isolation.

Abyssgh0st
Oct 22, 2011, 03:54 PM
The Apple In-Ears are fantastic, IMO. They are sort of expensive, but you can get them rather cheap on eBay. I've had 3 pairs and will use them until I get custom IEMs or something equivalent.

Link. (http://www.apple.com/ipod/in-ear-headphones/)

sapporobaby
Oct 22, 2011, 05:02 PM
The Apple In-Ears are fantastic, IMO. They are sort of expensive, but you can get them rather cheap on eBay. I've had 3 pairs and will use them until I get custom IEMs or something equivalent.

Link. (http://www.apple.com/ipod/in-ear-headphones/)

As hearing is generally subjective I cannot comment on your hearing but I can comment on the Apple Headphones. As someone who is quite serious about sound and listening to music I can say with 100% assuredness that the Apple In-Ears are terrible. The quality is awful and the sound quality is simply subpar. Expensiveness is relative and I can say that you get what you pay for with the Apple devices. They can in no way match the sound quality of even the lower priced Etymotics, or Sennheiser, or some of the other brands. Someone would be better off spending a few more dollars if possible and buy a named brand set that is up to the task of sound reproducing. The Apple In-Ears simply do not make the grade.

jamisonbaines
Oct 22, 2011, 06:12 PM
i like the apple in ears for my use which is as an iphone headset replacement.

it's a big step up over the included duds and still gives you the use of the headset/mic/buttons with a quality sound for your music playback.

while i'd be interested to try some of the ones recommended on here i have to state that if i were that into listening to music it would be on actual speakers and not headphones.

and for the poster who mentioned apple in ears being affordable on ebay: be conscious that the majority of those are fake (look the same, sound terrible)

tjcampbell
Oct 22, 2011, 06:22 PM
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sapporobaby
Oct 22, 2011, 06:28 PM
i like the apple in ears for my use which is as an iphone headset replacement.

it's a big step up over the included duds and still gives you the use of the headset/mic/buttons with a quality sound for your music playback.

while i'd be interested to try some of the ones recommended on here i have to state that if i were that into listening to music it would be on actual speakers and not headphones.

and for the poster who mentioned apple in ears being affordable on ebay: be conscious that the majority of those are fake (look the same, sound terrible)

I listen to music on speakers as well, a pair of B&W 803's to be exact but listening to music on headphones is clearly different. I'm sure you know that.

Scepticalscribe
Nov 9, 2011, 09:54 AM
I would say that about 2 weeks and they are warm and friendly sounding. The one thing that I like is that you can play them soft, or loud and they sound the same. They have been described as being polite. :) When I first got mine, I hooked them up to an iPod and played jazz and classical music through them for about two weeks. I left them in a draw the entire time so that they could play. I am quite sure you will love them.

Write back after you get them.

Cheers

I returned from central Asia on Monday evening, and yesterday evening, decided to treat myself (with the benefit of a secure, safe, broadband connection) and so, ordered them. They are expected to arrive in the next few days, and I'll let you know how I get on. I'm really looking forward to receiving them - in the wilds of the Pamir and Tien Shan mountains I had to make do with my old Bose IE6 pair - perfectly adequate but nothing spectacular. Once again, thanks for your help and advice, and I'll certainly post when I receive the Shure se 535s.

Cheers

ericrwalker
Nov 9, 2011, 09:59 AM
... in the wilds of the Pamir and Tien Shan mountains...

Sounds like a cool trip. Hiking trip? I haven't been to that part of Asia yet, but I am sure there is some awesome scenery.

Scepticalscribe
Nov 9, 2011, 10:16 AM
Sounds like a cool trip. Hiking trip? I haven't been to that part of Asia yet, but I am sure there is some awesome scenery.

Actually, perhaps oddly, it was work related. I observe, or monitor elections, when asked to do so by the foreign ministry of my country and am then seconded to the EU or the OSCE (or, indeed, the Carter Centre which is very well regarded in the field) - whichever body is actually monitoring that particular election. You will sometimes hear on the TV news a comment to the effect - when discussing an election in a specific country - that "observers say the election was free and fair", or "observers say the election was fundamentally flawed", well, I've been doing this sort of work on and off since the mid 1990s, - so I was in Kyrgyzstan for two months observing their recent Presidential election which took place on October 30.

However, having said that, the country is absolutely stunning. I had been there in 2005 (also for a presidential election, just after their previous revolution) and the scenery was simply spectacular. It is casually referred to as "the Switzerland of central Asia" and has attempted to pioneer a sort of CBT (community based tourism) where travellers get to stay with local families in a sort of home stay. Hiking and trekking (also on horseback) can be arranged; it's a pity I didn't really have an awful lot of time for that sort of thing, but it is truly well worth a visit.

ericrwalker
Nov 9, 2011, 10:19 AM
What an awesome job opportunity.

Actually, perhaps oddly, it was work related. I observe, or monitor elections, when asked to do so by the foreign ministry of my country and am then seconded to the EU or the OSCE (or, indeed, the Carter Centre which is very well regarded in the field) - whichever body is actually monitoring that particular election. You will sometimes hear on the TV news a comment to the effect - when discussing an election in a specific country - that "observers say the election was free and fair", or "observers say the election was fundamentally flawed", well, I've been doing this sort of work on and off since the mid 1990s, - so I was in Kyrgyzstan for two months observing their recent Presidential election which took place on October 30.

However, having said that, the country is absolutely stunning. I had been there in 2005 (also for a presidential election, just after their previous revolution) and the scenery was simply spectacular. It is casually referred to as "the Switzerland of central Asia" and has attempted to pioneer a sort of CBT (community based tourism) where travellers get to stay with local families in a sort of home stay. Hiking and trekking (also on horseback) can be arranged; it's a pity I didn't really have an awful lot of time for that sort of thing, but it is truly well worth a visit.

Scepticalscribe
Nov 9, 2011, 10:32 AM
What an awesome job opportunity.

Yes, it is, and I've been very fortunate. My background is academic - I'm a teacher of history and politics, specialising in the former communist world, Russia, CEE and so on. Hence, I get asked to observe elections in the former communist world, so I'm a college teacher who has sort of strayed into public service. In fact, I haven't been in a classroom for over three years now, as I have spent most of the past three years abroad on one sort of mission or another. I used to really enjoy the merging of the "real world" with that of the classroom, and being able to use examples from my travels to war torn countries (I did several elections in the Balkans, for example) in class.

I will admit that when I was a student in the 1980s, - before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Fall of the Wall - when that part of the world was cut off from our universe - I never thought I would be lucky enough to get to see some of the magically alluring places I had read about in history books (and later taught to students). The old Silk Road of fame and infamy goes through Kyrgyzstan; it's incredible and a privilege to be able to visit these countries in such circumstances.

sapporobaby
Nov 9, 2011, 01:43 PM
I returned from central Asia on Monday evening, and yesterday evening, decided to treat myself (with the benefit of a secure, safe, broadband connection) and so, ordered them. They are expected to arrive in the next few days, and I'll let you know how I get on. I'm really looking forward to receiving them - in the wilds of the Pamir and Tien Shan mountains I had to make do with my old Bose IE6 pair - perfectly adequate but nothing spectacular. Once again, thanks for your help and advice, and I'll certainly post when I receive the Shure se 535s.

Cheers

Hey dude. Great news and you are so darn lucky. I would love to go there to shoot. I am an amateur photographer and I am always on the hunt for places to shoot. Want to make it a permanent/real profession when I get around to retiring. :)

Hope you like the Shure's when you get them. In fact, I know you will. :)

macman312
Nov 9, 2011, 03:59 PM
I have the B&O A8

Yes they are quite expensive but I like the fit and the sound but some people don't!!

I paid about $HK1500 (about 121 Pounds)

Get the Ear set 3 (iphone/phone version with a mic) I think they are a bit more expensive though but you do get a decent warranty if they break

Chodarth
Nov 9, 2011, 07:57 PM
I work in the music biz (drum tech) and if you want the best in-ears go no further than

http://www.jhaudio.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Harvey_(inventor)

This is what all the pro's use. All the acts I've worked with from Usher to The Foo Fighters use these in-ears. Jerry Harvey started the company "Ultimate Ears" which used to be the staple but has since left and started "JHAudio". I have a pair of the cheaper JH-7's and they are amazing. They blow everything else out of the water. From watching a movie on a long flight to monitoring a live show on the road these baby's rule. If you've got the money go for the 16's 8 drivers per ear!!! Just my 2 cents.

Policar
Nov 9, 2011, 08:23 PM
I had the shure e4c, which was okay, but now use ultimate ears triplefi, which is maybe a little better, but less comfortable.

The problem with these is that the cables break every six months if you aren't careful. With the triplefi at least it's replaceable. The triplefi was briefly available for $99, including a model with an iPod remote. With the foam cushions the isolation is incredible. If you can't afford something like what's listed below and you can find these for a similar price, I would recommend them for sure. The sound is rather analytical, but they are much faster than similarly priced dynamic headphones (at least the ones I've used).

For cheap, the JVC marshmallows are awesome and provide decent isolation but they aren't as detailed. I've also head good things about monster turbines, atomic earbuds, and klipsch, but they all seem to be dynamic so they probably have more bass and less detail than the ultimate ear models.

kbfr08
Nov 9, 2011, 09:56 PM
I'm looking to buy a new pair of in-ear headphones. I currently have the tour beats by dre and they sound very well, but the build quality is just awkward. The buds are loose and the remote on the cable is broken (cheap plastic). So I was looking for a new pair of in-ear headphones. I'd like the sound and build quality to be very good, and I'd also like a remote which would be compatible with a 5th generation iPod nano (the last clickwheel nano). Thanks in advance!

Get the Westone 3 or UM3x. Best $300 you will ever spend, guaranteed ;) . No remote, but the sound kicks ass, and the build quality is great. My UE headphones only lasted a couple months, but my Westones work perfectly after a year of torture.

Joe-Diver
Nov 10, 2011, 08:58 AM
I will admit that when I was a student in the 1980s, - before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Fall of the Wall - when that part of the world was cut off from our universe - I never thought I would be lucky enough to get to see some of the magically alluring places I had read about in history books (and later taught to students). The old Silk Road of fame and infamy goes through Kyrgyzstan; it's incredible and a privilege to be able to visit these countries in such circumstances.

I was very fortunate to be witness to history. I was stationed in Stuttgart from 1989 through 1993. I went to Berlin twice, in the spring and summer of '89, when you still needed Flag Orders and Checkpoint Charlie existed. We went back in the fall of '89 when they announced they would open the Wall so the East Germans could go shopping during the day but had to come home at night....we drove to Berlin to witness this event, and ended up staying for several days to watch and participate in the events. When you see videos of the massive crowds, sitting on the wall, tearing it down; I'm in there somewhere. I was about 100 yards away from that bucket loader that was used to lift a section of the wall as everyone cheered.

It was crazy....the Soviet and East German troops, who just a week before would have shot anyone getting near the wall....just stood there watching as we crawled all over it and started tearing it down, bashing holes in it so we could reach through and shake hands with East Germans on the other side.

sapporobaby
Nov 10, 2011, 09:01 AM
I was very fortunate to be witness to history. I was stationed in Stuttgart from 1989 through 1993. I went to Berlin twice, in the spring and summer of '89, when you still needed Flag Orders and Checkpoint Charlie existed. We went back in the fall of '89 when they announced they would open the Wall so the East Germans could go shopping during the day but had to come home at night....we drove to Berlin to witness this event, and ended up staying for several days to watch and participate in the events. When you see videos of the massive crowds, sitting on the wall, tearing it down; I'm in there somewhere. I was about 100 yards away from that bucket loader that was used to lift a section of the wall as everyone cheered.

It was crazy....the Soviet and East German troops, who just a week before would have shot anyone getting near the wall....just stood there watching as we crawled all over it and started tearing it down, bashing holes in it so we could reach through and shake hands with East Germans on the other side.

WOWOWOWOWOWOW... I was stationed in Stuttgart at that time as well. Patch Barracks to be exact. Home of EUCOM... I remember the wall coming down and the crazy screaming in the streets. It was wild.

Joe-Diver
Nov 10, 2011, 09:05 AM
WOWOWOWOWOWOW... I was stationed in Stuttgart at that time as well. Patch Barracks to be exact. Home of EUCOM... I remember the wall coming down and the crazy screaming in the streets. It was wild.

I was out at the Army Airfield in Echterdingen. We had a few of the EUCOMM Huey's out there, but I was in the 4/159th Avn....Huey Crewchief supporting 7th Corp.

It was a wonderful time to be there for sure....and Reunification happened before I left in summer of '93. I felt as though we had finally completed WWII, on my watch. Yours too!

sapporobaby
Nov 10, 2011, 09:11 AM
I was out at the Army Airfield in Echterdingen. We had a few of the EUCOMM Huey's out there, but I was in the 4/159th Avn....Huey Crewchief supporting 7th Corp.

It was a wonderful time to be there for sure....and Reunification happened before I left in summer of '93. I felt as though we had finally completed WWII, on my watch. Yours too!

Did you know a SGT Joy Noel?

ericrwalker
Nov 10, 2011, 09:16 AM
I've seen these, and similar ones at events where they make them for you right there. I would love a pair, but I just can't justify the price. Pretty cool though, and they probably take out nearly all the ambient noise.

I work in the music biz (drum tech) and if you want the best in-ears go no further than

http://www.jhaudio.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Harvey_(inventor)

This is what all the pro's use. All the acts I've worked with from Usher to The Foo Fighters use these in-ears. Jerry Harvey started the company "Ultimate Ears" which used to be the staple but has since left and started "JHAudio". I have a pair of the cheaper JH-7's and they are amazing. They blow everything else out of the water. From watching a movie on a long flight to monitoring a live show on the road these baby's rule. If you've got the money go for the 16's 8 drivers per ear!!! Just my 2 cents.

sapporobaby
Nov 10, 2011, 09:22 AM
I've seen these, and similar ones at events where they make them for you right there. I would love a pair, but I just can't justify the price. Pretty cool though, and they probably take out nearly all the ambient noise.

I am tempted. :)

Joe-Diver
Nov 10, 2011, 10:47 AM
Did you know a SGT Joy Noel?

No, not that I remember....it's been almost 20 years ago! I've destroyed a few brain cells since then....

blurb23
Nov 10, 2011, 11:25 AM
Klipsch Image S4 headphones

http://reviews.cnet.com/headphones/klipsch-image-s4-earphones/4505-7877_7-33577358.html?tag=prodList.0;bingo.1

I own a pair. They are amazing for the price. Definitely better sound quality than more expensive sets.

FWIW they are CNET's most highly rated/recommended in-ear headphones.

Other people on MR recommended these to me so I went ahead and bought them. I most certainly give them my recommendation as well. Picked them up for $35 on sale, they sound better than some $80 Sennheisers and definitely better than Beats.

Scepticalscribe
Nov 10, 2011, 11:45 AM
I was very fortunate to be witness to history. I was stationed in Stuttgart from 1989 through 1993. I went to Berlin twice, in the spring and summer of '89, when you still needed Flag Orders and Checkpoint Charlie existed. We went back in the fall of '89 when they announced they would open the Wall so the East Germans could go shopping during the day but had to come home at night....we drove to Berlin to witness this event, and ended up staying for several days to watch and participate in the events. When you see videos of the massive crowds, sitting on the wall, tearing it down; I'm in there somewhere. I was about 100 yards away from that bucket loader that was used to lift a section of the wall as everyone cheered.

It was crazy....the Soviet and East German troops, who just a week before would have shot anyone getting near the wall....just stood there watching as we crawled all over it and started tearing it down, bashing holes in it so we could reach through and shake hands with East Germans on the other side.

WOWOWOWOWOWOW... I was stationed in Stuttgart at that time as well. Patch Barracks to be exact. Home of EUCOM... I remember the wall coming down and the crazy screaming in the streets. It was wild.

I was out at the Army Airfield in Echterdingen. We had a few of the EUCOMM Huey's out there, but I was in the 4/159th Avn....Huey Crewchief supporting 7th Corp.

It was a wonderful time to be there for sure....and Reunification happened before I left in summer of '93. I felt as though we had finally completed WWII, on my watch. Yours too!

Fantastic, and thanks for posting and sharing those memories (and experiences). It must have been simply wonderful to have been there and able to witness history happening for yourself. Yes, I'm impressed - the whole dynamic of that summer and autumn was incredible, - "awesome" to use the American phrasing of some of my students - and I remember following it all with an absorbed fascination as it occurred. Nobody thought the whole thing would come apart so quickly, and now, just over twenty years later, most of those countries are members of the EU.

iEvolution
Nov 10, 2011, 12:26 PM
$150???? Jesus.....

Yeah quality head phones are pricey but there are a few sub-$50 head phones out there that perform like low $100 headphones. Koss KSC-75s and Porta-Pros for instance.

Really hate how Monster has become successful with their head phone line because the company is scum/scammers. After all, this is the same company that tried to claim their HDMI cables were superior but when it came down to it it wasn't any better than the $5 you can pick up online.

Monster is a lot like Bose, they might be good head phones but you are simply paying a premium whereas for the same price you could get much better with Sennheiser or another brand.

I'm vouching for head phones rather than in-ears, in-ears aren't well rounded and many have excessive low end (bass) without the highs. Good old cup head phones are going to be the best choice overall.

If you are a bass fan by all means get them, I can't wear them for longer than 30 minutes without them causing my ear canal to swell shut (serious). Really hate it.

I recommend Klipsch and Sennheiser, damn near any model will give you quality results. Only thing with Sennheiser is there is so many models to choose from that it can be confusing on which ones are the best.

sapporobaby
Nov 10, 2011, 12:30 PM
Fantastic, and thanks for posting and sharing those memories (and experiences). It must have been simply wonderful to have been there and able to witness history happening for yourself. Yes, I'm impressed - the whole dynamic of that summer and autumn was incredible, - "awesome" to use the American phrasing of some of my students - and I remember following it all with an absorbed fascination as it occurred. Nobody thought the whole thing would come apart so quickly, and now, just over twenty years later, most of those countries are members of the EU.

I'm in Helsinki, FInland right now. Still work for the government but I head to Germany every chance I get. :)

iEvolution
Nov 10, 2011, 12:31 PM
$150???? Jesus.....

Yeah quality head phones are pricey but there are a few sub-$50 head phones out there that perform like low $100 headphones. Koss KSC-75s and Porta-Pros for instance.

Really hate how Monster has become successful with their head phone line because the company is scum/scammers. After all, this is the same company that tried to claim their HDMI cables were superior but when it came down to it it wasn't any better than the $5 you can pick up online.

Monster is a lot like Bose, they might be good head phones but you are simply paying a premium whereas for the same price you could get much better with Sennheiser or another brand.

I'm vouching for head phones rather than in-ears, in-ears aren't well rounded and many have excessive low end (bass) without the highs. Good old cup head phones are going to be the best choice overall.

If you are a bass fan by all means get them, I can't wear them for longer than 30 minutes without them causing my ear canal to swell shut (serious). Really hate it.

I currently use Sennheiser HD 485s, Bose OE, and Klipsch One. Sennheisers have the best balance. Bose for some reason has superior clarity compared to the competition but has a problem with being stuck mid-range instead of being well rounded, bass response is horrid. The Klipsch One has some killer bass response so I use those for bass heavy music. Overall though the Sennheisers are my favorite even if their designs are relatively generic and cheap looking.

There is also another factor to consider, the player. Some audio players sound much better than others. For instance the Sansa Clip I have sounds so much better than my iPod Classic. I'm just saying if you are really into sound quality you may want to look into the competition because iPods don't exactly have a mind blowing DAC (Digital-to-Analog Chip).

Joe-Diver
Nov 10, 2011, 05:43 PM
Fantastic, and thanks for posting and sharing those memories (and experiences). It must have been simply wonderful to have been there and able to witness history happening for yourself. Yes, I'm impressed - the whole dynamic of that summer and autumn was incredible, - "awesome" to use the American phrasing of some of my students - and I remember following it all with an absorbed fascination as it occurred. Nobody thought the whole thing would come apart so quickly, and now, just over twenty years later, most of those countries are members of the EU.

The next Spring...'90...Roger Waters announced he was going to do The Wall in Berlin. Of course I bought tickets!

July 21st (I think) We drove to Berlin from Stuttgart. For the first time, we could drive the whole way! It was very erie slowing down and winding through barricades, machine gun nests, guard towers.....all empty....deserted.....we crossed the border at Hof and went through Leipzig to Berlin. We pitched a tent out on the fields of the big airbase downtown, and as I sat out there wondering why there were these HUGE fields and little runways, I realized this was Berlin's main airport, and this was where the Zeppelins landed.

The concert was amazing. We were one of the first through the gates so actually had to back up a little, picking our spot carefully to take in the whole stage. It was 80' high and 600' long! It was an incredible experience. There were Berliners, east and west, US, Soviet, French, English, Polish, people from all over who had less than a year earlier been enemies....but that night we were all together, jamming for a massive concert. All politics were put aside. We were human beings, enjoying ourselves together as all people should. It was truly a magical experience.

I'm in the video...but only the video version, not the DVD. In the very beginning they show a little clip about the Wall, then show shots of the concert. After the announcer comes out and says his spiel, he blows a whistle to start the concert. There's a shot from the top of the stage, looking out over the crowd, that pans to the left. I'm just to the left of the front mixing station. I had put a US flag on the end of three hex tent poles and was waving it back and forth in a big arc. Just as the shot pans over and starts to fade out, you can see the flag and pole arc over. Okay, so you cant see "me"....but that's me waving that flag!

Policar
Nov 10, 2011, 10:18 PM
I'm vouching for head phones rather than in-ears, in-ears aren't well rounded and many have excessive low end (bass) without the highs. Good old cup head phones are going to be the best choice overall.

This is likely true in many cases, but the balanced armature IEMs I've used have very nicely controlled bass (if anything, too little bass, but great definition) and more detail than comparably priced dynamic headphones. I have a pair of grado sr80s that sound detailed because they have over-emphasized mid tones, but when you really listen carefully balanced armature IEMs have more detail. I still think open headphones sound best, but IEMs can be faster and have more detail.

Of course, for someone who prefers bass, this might be exactly what you don't want... The issue is that everyone likes a different sound.

masciam
Nov 11, 2011, 04:32 AM
Amazon has the Etymotic hf3 on sale, they are the same as hf5 + volume control and microphone:

http://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-ER23-HF3-BLACK-Headsetwith-3-Button-Control/dp/B003YTROIU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321007357&sr=8-1

For $137 they're awesome.

Ingot
Nov 11, 2011, 11:20 AM
If money is no object, I would go for the Shure SE 535's. A bit cheaper are the B&W C5's. I have both and they are excellent. The Shures beat the B&W's but the B&W's ae superb as well.

My next purchase will be the shure SE 535's. I am on the shure product line now and have been for a number of years.

Scepticalscribe
Nov 14, 2011, 05:51 AM
I'm in Helsinki, FInland right now. Still work for the government but I head to Germany every chance I get. :)

Good for you. The Shure 535's have just arrived by special mail delivery (I had to sign for them) and I have just opened the package. Now, to ease them in for a few days.....I shall attach them to an iPod and let them play for a while and see how it sounds......

I'll let you know how they sound when I get to use them for myself and I must admit I'm really looking forward to it.

Cheers and again many thanks.

sapporobaby
Nov 14, 2011, 12:49 PM
Good for you. The Shure 535's have just arrived by special mail delivery (I had to sign for them) and I have just opened the package. Now, to ease them in for a few days.....I shall attach them to an iPod and let them play for a while and see how it sounds......

I'll let you know how they sound when I get to use them for myself and I must admit I'm really looking forward to it.

Cheers and again many thanks.

No worries mate. Always glad to help at a new Shure-ian. :)

BSben
Jun 21, 2012, 12:38 PM
I got Atomic Floyd's Super Darts for Christmas last year, they are amazing.
Unfortunately a bit pricey, but brilliant sound.

kaielement
Jun 23, 2012, 01:28 PM
I would try the Skullcandy earbuds called "The Fix" They are built to never fall out and have the remote/mic functionality and imo sound great. Been suing them since they released day one back in August and love them. My problem is I do a lot of skateboarding and running and had a problem with the ear buds falling out and with these I don't have this problem granted every once in a blue moon they fall out but never like the ear buds I have used in the past. Stick with the in ear version and not the buds. See link for more info. (this is just my opinion and no one has to agree lol)

http://www.skullcandy.com/shop/fix-in-ear-black-chrome