Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
I know this has been discussed in the past in this thread, but I am in the market for a new set of earbuds to keep in my brief for music listening. I am concerned with sound quality more than the average boob, and listen to most music ripped at 320 (VBR) on my phone, but I don't want to spend over about $300. I have heard good things about Grado? But I am not sure of what model and such. Any help would be appreciated.
Don't even know if Grado makes IEM's, but are known for their on-ear headphones. I had a pair of SR-80's and hated them. Terrible sound, terrible comfort, terrible construction.
I used Etymotic HF's in the past with Comply tips and loved them... until I lost them in China somewhere; have been meaning to pick up another pair. They sounded great to me @$100, and I see no reason to spend $200 MORE for the ER-4's. I used them coming out of a Sansa Clip+ and on my, at the time, Blackberry. Having a mic to use with the phone is always nice. Foam tips feel great - you forget they're there, other than after awhile they'd make my ears itch. Very good isolation.
I use Beyer DT-880/600 headphones at home straight out of my DAC/HFA. Very good sound. Very good build and comfort.