~$100 canalphones for everyday use

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~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by shadowlaw » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:54 pm

Hello :)

My previous one is the white VSonic R02-Pro (not the current Pro2) (also from Headphonic!) and it has been great. I have been using that one for 3.5+ years now, but sadly things are starting to fall apart. The metal mesh on the earphones has disappeared, I have lost 3-4 pairs of the tips and the cables are tangled beyond recognition. So ... I am in the market once again for a pair of canalphones.

I'm looking at the $100 price point and from the website I can see that I have the following options:
1. $89 - Vsonic: R02Pro2
2. $95 - Sound Magic: PL50
3. $109 - Brainwavz: M3

Originally, I was just going to get the updated VSonic, but now there are few more options, I would like to find out which are the best.

Few troubles/requirements/annoyances that I have:
1. The thumping sound that my R02-Pro make when I hit/flick the cable near the earphones. Not that I intentionally flick the cables, but sometimes it does bump into other stuff and it's rather annoying. I lost the clip once and it was close to unusable with all the thumping noise. Are there any canalphones that don't have this thumping sound?
2. I noticed that I tend to sweat when using them and my ears start to get itchy. Canalphones with a bit of airflow maybe? Not very important.
3. The kind of songs that I usually listen to are the RHCP kind, old classics (Beatles, Beegees, etc), house music (Daft Punk), few rocks (Linkin Park) and some piano/guitar classics (Tommy Emmanuel, Bob Acri, etc). Nothing overly metal.
4. More or less gonna use it everyday. In the lab, at home, in the bus, walking home, etc.

Can you guys recommend the best out of the 3 for my usages?

Thank's :D

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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by Belial » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:59 pm

I've only just got them, but I'd recommend the M3. They sound excellent, are comfortable, and have ear clip things that will help reduce microphonics (the thumping sound).

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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by shadowlaw » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:08 pm

This is a bit concerning "the cable is well built (although a little microphonic)" from the M3 page. :S

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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by Marcus » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:13 pm

That's what the ear clips are for ;)
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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by shadowlaw » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:14 pm

Marcus, cheers xD

So Marcus, do you also recommend the M3 over VSonic?

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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by Belial » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:39 pm

I've never used canalphones that don't have a microphonic cable. So far, these are the least microphonic, but I haven't heard the VSonics.

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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by dingostolemyipod » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:53 pm

usually a more durable cable (ie. beefier) will be more microphonic
its pretty easy to cut down on microphonics - loop cable around ears and/or use shirt clip, etc.

other canalphones sounds like hearing your own breathing, pulse, footsteps, etc - these noises are transmitted through your body and nothing to do with the cable. I found using comply foam tips reduced these sounds for my vsonics compared to silicone tips.
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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by Antihippy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:18 pm

Belial wrote:I've only just got them, but I'd recommend the M3. They sound excellent, are comfortable, and have ear clip things that will help reduce microphonics (the thumping sound).

Ben
Ooh, so the m3 headphonic sends out comes with ear clips?

I was worried they they weren't.

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Post by Marcus » Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:17 pm

Ah, the test sample I have is from before they changed the packaging, Ben received one of the current batch which all have the new packaging so if his came with clips, they will all come with clips :)
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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by shadowlaw » Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:34 pm

I think im pretty convinved now on the M3.

So marcus, do you also recommend the M3 over vsonic?

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Post by Marcus » Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:42 am

They're both good :)
I think I'd give the edge to the Brainwavz - better accessories/build.
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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by shadowlaw » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:15 pm

Cheers Marcus :)

Thank you.

I've put on an order for the M3. Can't wait to try it.

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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by shadowlaw » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:50 pm

Just an update.

I received the M3 today and it was awesome. It's immediately apparent the Brainwavz M3 is better than the old VSonic-R02Pro.

The microphonic wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and is definitely less severe than the VSonic (sounds more like a tap rather than a hurtful thump)

The isolation wasn't as good as I can't seem to push the canalphone in. With the VSonic, when I pull the canalphone out, I usually get these pop sound. But with the M3 it sort of just falls off. I will try another tip soon.

But overall, definitely better than VSonic. Well worth the price.

Cheers.

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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by Belial » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:52 pm

Try different tips, but also try pulling up the top of your ear when you're inserting them - I've found that lets me get a better fit with the M3. Didn't need to do it with the RE0, but I did with my old SF3.

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Re: ~$100 canalphones for everyday use

Post by shadowlaw » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:10 pm

Belial wrote:also try pulling up the top of your ear when you're inserting them
Thank you :D

This is a great tip.

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