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Title: Seeking recommendation for ear buds on a budget
Post by: Rich Grisier on August 07, 2011, 11:47:32 pm
My singer is in need of a new set of ear buds for his IEM's.  He has a Sure IEM system and used the buds that came with it until they broke.  I got him some M-Audio IE-10's to replace them and he's been very happy with the sound of them.  He's had the IE-10's a few years now and they are showing signs of wear.  The cable broke, so I fixed it.  Then he lost one of the ear pieces.  We're getting to the point where we should think of getting a back up pair at the very least.

I'm looking for decent ear bud recommendations in the $100 - $150 area.  I'd get the IE-10's again, but it looks like they've been discontinued (?).

Yes, I know the obvious recommendation is for him to get a custom fitted ear piece... I've talked to him about it at length.  Let's just say this is not an option.
Title: Re: Seeking recommendation for ear buds on a budget
Post by: Justin Staszewski on August 08, 2011, 12:06:53 am
My singer is in need of a new set of ear buds for his IEM's.  He has a Sure IEM system and used the buds that came with it until they broke.  I got him some M-Audio IE-10's to replace them and he's been very happy with the sound of them.  He's had the IE-10's a few years now and they are showing signs of wear.  The cable broke, so I fixed it.  Then he lost one of the ear pieces.  We're getting to the point where we should think of getting a back up pair at the very least.

I'm looking for decent ear bud recommendations in the $100 - $150 area.  I'd get the IE-10's again, but it looks like they've been discontinued (?).

Yes, I know the obvious recommendation is for him to get a custom fitted ear piece... I've talked to him about it at length.  Let's just say this is not an option.

Check out the Future Sonics Atrio.  Fantastic and about 200 bucks.  Couple bucks out of your price range but worth the extra money.  I live about 20 minutes from their offices in Bristol, PA and their quality customer service is excellent.
Title: Re: Seeking recommendation for ear buds on a budget
Post by: Rich Grisier on August 18, 2011, 05:15:06 pm
Check out the Future Sonics Atrio.  Fantastic and about 200 bucks.  Couple bucks out of your price range but worth the extra money.  I live about 20 minutes from their offices in Bristol, PA and their quality customer service is excellent.

Thanks for the recommendation!  I found another thread HERE (http://www.thegearpage.net/board/archive/index.php/t-773286.html) on this topic.  Anyone have opinions about the Westone Ear Monitors?  Thinking of a UM1 or UM2's.
Title: Re: Seeking recommendation for ear buds on a budget
Post by: Jay Barracato on August 18, 2011, 06:18:05 pm
Thanks for the recommendation!  I found another thread HERE (http://www.thegearpage.net/board/archive/index.php/t-773286.html) on this topic.  Anyone have opinions about the Westone Ear Monitors?  Thinking of a UM1 or UM2's.

One band I am with has been using the LIve Wires, which I guess is now called fidelity custom earphones. They have had good service and support. Several of them had the molds made at a local clinic (cheap). The price of molded is not much more than decent universals.
Title: Re: Seeking recommendation for ear buds on a budget
Post by: Tim McCulloch on August 18, 2011, 08:02:27 pm
Thanks for the recommendation!  I found another thread HERE (http://www.thegearpage.net/board/archive/index.php/t-773286.html) on this topic.  Anyone have opinions about the Westone Ear Monitors?  Thinking of a UM1 or UM2's.

I like my Westone UM1 and if I were buying today I'd probably buy the UM2.  However I'm not performing with them so YMMV.

Have fun, good luck.

Tim Mc