Noise isolating In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) earbuds headphones like iLuv iEP322's

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Noise isolating In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) earbuds headphones like iLuv iEP322's

I'm looking for In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) for less than $10/pair.

They have to be noise isolating; not noise cancelling.

 

The difference:

Noise isolating headphones physically block ambient noise with their seal against your ear.

Noise cancelling may do that too, but also electronically cancel the actual soundwaves.

 

They have to have a lot of volume and a lot of bass.

They also have to block ambient noise very well.

 

What I am using now is iLuv iEP322's.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004PEIH5M

iluv_iep322

They're amazing, and they used to be about $7/pair, but now they're $17.40/pair for pink on eBay.

I don't care for pink, and I really don't want to spend that much.

 

Do you know of any earbuds that fit the bill, maybe direct from China?

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My recommendations are a tad higher than your $10 but you can consider

KZ ATE
Got great reviews in Head-Fi and it comes in various eartips to fit every possible sized ears.
As good as it is I personally don’t like its rolled off bass and treble fat sound. YMMV

VJJB V1S
Pretty good for a person who loved a colored fun bass tone. A tad bit overbudget for your needs
Provided with multiple eartips that ensures you good fit. Whether it isolates that good I’m not sure. They don’t fit my ears too well so they are a bit leaking

YINJW S1
A chinese copy of the VJJB mentioned above. Cheaper, but not sure if it will sound cheaper or not

Custom Dual Driver Monitors
I personally own a pair of this and bought 6 more for my buddies
They are a bit of a gamble in terms of sound but they are very solidly held in your ear and blocks most sound,
A bit on the cold side with warm mids and bass but rolled off trebles.
Comes with detachable cable in case you broke em you can buy new cables.
The eartips are a little stingy as they gave 2 pair of “same sized S M L” silicone eartips.
Swapped with a foamtip and the isolation is close to dangerously deaf when walking in the streets.

KZ ZST
I like its tone of this. Lovely bright highs and deep low mids.
I don’t know how good the isolation is because I don’t own one.

Go for the first one I recommend, the KZ ATE if I were to conclude

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RC, if you are really tight on budget and are not too much of an audiophile, you really can’t get better around $10 than the KZ ATE. They offer good bass and good isolation, their biggest weak point IMO is some people find them uncomfortable. I use Tennmak Pro’s, which are a great upgrade, but are a little over $20 usually.

I also have the KZ ZST and am not a fan of those.

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I am looking into KZ ATE's on head-fi.org right now.  ;)

 

EDIT:  Thanks for the recommendations, power911 & pilotdog68!

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So far, I'm leaning toward the KZ ATE-S because they are more comfortable than the standard KZ ATE, but my research is not over by far.

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Yea the i can also recommend the KZ ATZ they are a good mix of highs mids and lows and i also have the KZ ED12 they are okay more for bass. The ED12 use a much bigger single driver. I prefer the fit of the ATZ they feel better sitting but the ED12 look better.

Like lights there is no one headphone for the job lol.

If you want bass and can spend a tad more check out the Pioneer SE-CL532 They offer good bass and are built solid and feel comfortable.

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Well…
I have the KZ ATE (the half-clear ones) and I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone Silly
I don’t know if I got fakes (if there are any), but they sound very unclear. Hard to explain for a non-native speaker Big Smile

I would recommend any of the XIaomi In Ears. Piston 3 (not available anymore), Hybrid or the imo best, the Hybrid Pro
Yes, they are a lot more expensive, but they are well worth it!

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L4M4 wrote:

Well…
I have the KZ ATE (the half-clear ones) and I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone Silly
I don’t know if I got fakes (if there are any), but they sound very unclear. Hard to explain for a non-native speaker Big Smile

Do you have your sales link?

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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-New-Arrival-Original-KZ-ATE-3-5mm-in-ear-Earphones-HIFI-Metal-Stereo-Earphones-Super/32350895239.html
and
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/KZ-ED2-Music-Headset-Phone-Headset-HIFI-Headphones-Bass-Headset-Metal-Earphone/32350919058.html

Since they are directly from the KZ-Ali Store, I don’t think that they are fakes Big Smile
Both loose very very badly againt any of the Xiaomi IEMs!
I bought two of each (because of the recommendations online) and I just tested and never touched them since.

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I don't think they're fake, either.

Thanks for your recommendations, everydaysurvivalgear & L4M4!

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The Hybrid Pros are available for 18.99$
http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1175405#comment-1175405

In my opinion, there is just no reason to spend less money. 19$ isn’t that much and if you use them often, you want them to sound good. I use mine 4-8h per day at work and I am very happy about my purchase Wink

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“Like lights there is no one headphone for the job lol”

Preach, brother! I have 43 pairs and 90% are over $50

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I ordered a Xiaomi earbuds and was not impressed. A 7 dollar pair of skull candy was way better somehow. I got it from marshall’s. There are always less than $10 earbuds and the skullcandy ones are good! I have seen iluv ones there too.

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I wish I liked earbuds, but they’re just way too unconfortable for me.

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sesgum wrote:

I ordered a Xiaomi earbuds and was not impressed. A 7 dollar pair of skull candy was way better somehow. I got it from marshall’s. There are always less than $10 earbuds and the skullcandy ones are good! I have seen iluv ones there too.

Before I found iLuv, I was totally into Skullcandy.

They're really good, but they don't block ambient noise very well.

Actually, my iLuv iEP322's are better than all my Skullcandy IEMs.

And I'm really looking forward to my KZ ATE-S IEMs.

If I like them, I think next time I'll order them from FastTech.

Is free shipping from FastTech faster than free shipping from GearBest?

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Thanks for the recommendation. I will let you know what I think when they get here

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Thanks for the recommendation. I will let you know what I think when they get here

What did you order?  :-)

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Well my KZ ATE-S IEMs arrived yesterday, and I tried them out today.

Compared to my iLuv iEP322's, the KZ ATE-S IEMs have little volume, almost no bass, and they do not block ambient noise very well.

In other words, they suck.

I'm glad I paid only $8.14 for them.

So disappointing.

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I can honestly recommend panasonic rp-hje350. They are now discontinued, but you can still find them on ebay and other places, sometimes as low as under $10.

Their noise isolating isnt the greatest, but I find their sound quality really good. Crystal clear highs, and respectable bass. Not fake overbearing bass, but just clear bass, although this probably depends on how good of a fit they end up being for your particular ears. If you are a bass head, then these are probably not for you.

Ive tried many other earphones, including $100 eshure, and these $10 panasonic beat them easily, in my experience.

Las year I ordered another pair from groupon. When my current set dies, Ill have a new set waiting.

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raccoon city wrote:

Well my KZ ATE-S IEMs arrived yesterday, and I tried them out today.


Compared to my iLuv iEP322’s, the KZ ATE-S IEMs have little volume, almost no bass, and they do not block ambient noise very well.


In other words, they suck.


I’m glad I paid only $8.14 for them.


So disappointing.


Some of the lower-tier offerings from JVC are pretty decent, and perform well above their price-point IMO.
With your criteria, I’d maybe look at the FX102 or even the older FX101 (or FX202/FX201 for the versions with an inline mic).

Or, you might take a stroll through your local Goodwill as well. I’ve scored a couple smoking deals on higher-end IEMs there. Just get some new tips and you are GTG.
Speaking of tips: They are not all created equal, and the amount of isolation you get is largely dependent on which ones you use. Personally, I use Comply Isolation tips (compression foam) with all of my IEMs, and they are excellent. You just have to find which size/shape works best for your ears. The only downside is that they tend to wear out rather quickly with regular use, and they are a bit spendy (if you sign up for their emails, you will get coupons/deals now and then). Thumbs Up

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raccoon city wrote:

Well my KZ ATE-S IEMs arrived yesterday, and I tried them out today.


Compared to my iLuv iEP322’s, the KZ ATE-S IEMs have little volume, almost no bass, and they do not block ambient noise very well.


In other words, they suck.


I’m glad I paid only $8.14 for them.


So disappointing.

What are you using them on?

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:

What are you using them on?

On my desktop computer, playing Daft Punk.

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:

What are you using them on?


On my desktop computer, playing Daft Punk.

lol

Hmmm can you play with some settings? Maybe get a program like razor synapse. They are very neutral sounding but that makes them good i use them on music player only. I wouldn’t say they have no bass but the bass is not over powering.

They sounds great all around without having to use a EQ.

Also sound is very different to every person interpretation.

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:

Hmmm can you play with some settings? Maybe get a program like razor synapse. They are very neutral sounding but that makes them good i use them on music player only. I wouldn’t say they have no bass but the bass is not over powering.

They sounds great all around without having to use a EQ.

Also sound is very different to every person interpretation.

I compared them to my iLuv iEP322’s, and in comparison the KZ ATE-S IEMs are terrible.

That's all the testing that I need.

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I cant help ya lol!

I have 6 sets of earphones i use for different things. If you want good bass check out Pioneer earphones they are the most bass heavy set i have without spending to much.

https://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-sealed-Earbuds-SE-CL532-R-japan/dp/B00A7J...

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Has anyone tried this:

https://www.banggood.com/KZ-ZS5-HIFI-8-Driver-Double-Balanced-Armatures-Double-Dynamic-Hybrid-Headphone-with-Detachable-Cable-p-1152961.html?rmmds=mywishlist

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Has anyone tried this:

https://www.banggood.com/KZ-ZS5-HIFI-8-Driver-Double-Balanced-Armatures-Double-Dynamic-Hybrid-Headphone-with-Detachable-Cable-p-1152961.html?rmmds=mywishlist

I have read a few reviews on these they appear to be good. They are duel driver units a 6mm and 10mm my only concern is they may be hard to drive duel units with out an amp.

I bought the KZ ED12 after owning the ATZ they are both good especially for the price i was looking at the duel driver unit models i will get a pair soon. I just bought 3 Benjie DAPs to try out lol.

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I’v bought 2 pairs of these, I quite like them as the ear pieces are really good. And it comes in under $10 budget as well.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-AWEI-ES-70TY-3-5MM-Plug-Stereo-Music-Deep-Bass-In-ear-Earphones-Headphones-with/32789065866.html

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L4M4 wrote:
The Hybrid Pros are available for 18.99$
http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1175405#comment-1175405

They are $16.19 right now. I’m tempted to buy them. I just ordered a new DAP and looking for some decent IEMs to go along with it, although I’m still pretty happy with my old trusty Panasonic HJE350.

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