Best In-Ear Headphones for about $200?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by TrooperFarva, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. TrooperFarva

    TrooperFarva Guest

    Nov 25, 2004
    New City, NY
    I'm looking for recommendations on the in-ear headphones, in the $200 range. Right now, I'm looking at the M-Audio IE-30 and Ultimate Ears 5 Pro. What I'm looking for is a fairly flat response, with solid bass reproduction. Thanks.
  2. F-Clef-Jef


    Nov 13, 2006
    Neenah, WI
    I love my Future Sonic Atrio M5's ($139) Very solid bass, clean and clear, not woofy. I also have tried Westone UM1's (very comfortable, best cable, but not strong enough in the bass range for live use) and Shure E2's, which I guess were okay, and they are really cheap now (approx $60)
  3. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Not on your list, but I'd recommend against Etymotics based upon my experience. I got a set in late September or early October, and they are already messed up (the volume in one ear is much lower than the other). Prior to that, they sounded great in the mid range, but I always wanted to boost the bass.

    I'm sure others have had ERs for longer with no problems, take that into consideration...just offering my experience.

  4. tonequixote


    Feb 6, 2004
    FWIW I've had my Etymotics for 5 years with no problems and performance that delivers what you are looking for. Very satisfied.
    I would steer clear of thier low end i-pod models though as my son had problems (loose conection at earphone) with his. I noticed that the design was markedly different from the other model I have and is IMO an engineering flaw that will fail given time .
  5. ldiezman

    ldiezman Guest

    Jul 11, 2001
    Ultimate ears are good.. so are M-audio. I enjoy Future sonics stuff as well, i have both types of future sonics.
  6. no1likesme

    no1likesme Guest

    Dec 26, 2006
    Shepherd, MI
    I have heard good things about livewires. they are customs so you will need to get impressions done. They sell for $250 so they are a little above your price range.

    you can check them out here: