Best $99 earbuds with controls

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Uabcar, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Uabcar macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    I'm looking at getting a new set of earbuds. I'm considering the Klipsch S4i's. Reviews seem good.

    My wants include solid/punchy bass performance (had others that feel weak in this department), good seperation - I do realize $99 only goes so far. Also must have built in volume controls.

    Should I consider something else in this price range before pulling the trigger?
  2. ihonda macrumors 68000

    Sep 17, 2009
    diddybeats.. :p

    $149 - 10% bestbuy coupon.. little over 99 but still.
  3. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    I got a pair of Ultimate Ears 4vi and I really like them. You should be able to find them under 100 pretty easily.

    edit: no volume control
  4. UnseenLlama macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    If you want punchy bass, check out the NuForce NE7m. They are only $50 and have great sound. The S4i's have less bass impact then the NE7m's, but they are also a bit clearer sounding.
  5. Uabcar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    Thanks. Those look nice. Guessing they are pretty heavy on Bass. What do you think about the higher frequencies and separation.
  6. psychonaut macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    Im not an audio expert but I love my V-Moda Remix Remotes. My friend got a pair too for his iPhone and loves them as well. Pretty even sounding all the way around and nice looking too!
  7. sparrky macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2008
  8. darkhunter139 macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
  9. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    Same company (Monster), Lady Gaga's Heartbeats are $129 and actually look pretty sweet.
  10. darkhunter139 macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    You can pretty much bet anything made by Monster is going to be overpriced/over rated. I can't stand that company.
  11. imoguy789 macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2008
    Yes, definitely buy these. They are amazing.
  12. Uabcar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    Done. Order placed. You all confirmed my thoughts. Need them by this weekend so I needed to get the order placed.

  13. darkhunter139 macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nice let us know what you think.

    I was about to get them yesterday but could not really afford to spend $99 on earbuds right now so I got these instead.
  14. jkozlow3 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2008
    The S4i is great...hope you like them!

    BTW, many people on prefer them with the Sony Hybrid tips instead of the included Klipsch ones (myself included). They can be picked up at Best Buy for around $7-8.
  15. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    If the Klipsch doesn't work out, check out for a comprehensive look at earbuds and IEMs.
    I'm personally looking at the re0.
  16. pablo7 macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2008
    Addiems for 35$ off ebay reseller :apple: Nuforce are a great choice also.
  17. jkozlow3 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2008
    Earphones are subjective, but the ADDIEM's don't sound anywhere near as good as the S4/S4i IMO. They are a good value on eBay for $35-40 however if you get the legit ones (7dime sells real ones). In fact, I doubt there is another IEM anywhere near $35-40 that can compete with the ADDIEM.

    Are the S4i worth $50+ more? To me, yes. To you, well, no one else can answer that. Heck, some people are perfectly happy with the stock Apple buds that came with their iPhone!
  18. pablo7 macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2008
  19. qpid360 macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    I had the Beats Tours. More than $99 but good sound all around. The Gaga model is uncomfortable. The triangle design doesn't fit comfortably.

    The S4i is my choice though for that price range. I loved my pair.
  20. dlamin517 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    get the s4i. amazing bass. great clarity. you wont be dissapointed
  21. Psant macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2010
    Klipsch S4i's

    I'm cheap and got the S2M's, and I'm no audiophile, but these are solid for thirty bucks.
  22. yode macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2007
    Los Angeles
    s4i's are horrible. They are basically 50 dollar buds overpriced to fool the apple isheep crowds. The ultimate ears 5vi's were on sale on amazon for 75 from like 160. Thy might still be so check it out. The only klipsch buds I would get are the x10s. The s4i's are too much like the v-modas... artificial bass that overpowers the mids and highs. Very cheap sounding.
  23. autofree macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2008
    I've been on the forums looking for a good case for the iphone 4 and saw this.

    I have a pair of the s4i's and I LOVE them. I have bought many under $100 earphones, and this is the best. I had a pair of the Apple in-ear headphones and those had NO bass and wasn't nearly as loud as these are.

    These do have a bit more 'bass' to it than some of the others, but it's just at the right amount (at least for me). Too many of the other earphones don't have enough of the bass and you lose some of the sound depth. These has crisp highs and good, not overpowering bass.

    Get won't regret it.
  24. sl1200mk2 macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2006
    If you can stretch it just a bit, I'm very happy with my Etymotic's hf2. You can get a good price on Amazon or EBay. Excellent sound -- well balanced. Has great bass, but not 'boomy' or over done.

    I know it's not $99, but if you can hold out for another week or two for the difference they really are worth it.

    They also have a new product coming out for under $100:

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