In-Ear headphones face-off

I came across this article which was supposed to be pitting the 8 of the more popular in-ear headphones against each other.

Naturally, I felt compelled to re-post it – if only for the reason that my IE-40s 1 Which is basically an OEM UE Triple-Fi rebranded under M-Audio came out on top (yay!) – what’s more is that my backup pair (Etymotic Research ER-4P) took the 3rd spot 🙂

The only thing I’m curious about is why they chose to compare the lower-end Shure SE420 instead of the SE530. Also, I would’ve wanted them to include the Westone 3. The two last mentioned, IMHO, were the real competition to the Triple-Fi.

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1 Which is basically an OEM UE Triple-Fi rebranded under M-Audio

FutureSonics EM3


Ok, I’m convinced that USPS (United States Postal Service) is a good mail courier. My headphones arrived yesterday… the same day I tracked the package and found out it arrived in the country.

Though it was priority mail, it wasn’t nearly as pricey as the normal known couriers (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.) Shipping it via FedEx et all would range from 70-100USD, which was like 70-100% of the price of the item itself – this was unacceptable. Fortunately my friend’s relative decided to go the much cheaper USPS, which at first I was apprehensive only because of the “safety” aspect (it is a small package and can easily get lost/stolen).

Anyways, there’s quite a backstory involved: On the 16th of June, I had asked a friend to purchase the EM3s for me since his dad was coming home on the 23rd of June. He completed the transaction on the 16th, while at the end of the business week, we figured it was still enough time to get to his dad (since a 3-5 day shipping schedule is pretty much reliable in the US). To cut a long story short, it didn’t make it (it arrived the day after he left). One thing led to another and we ended up agreeing that his relatives ship it internationally, and which is what the initial paragraphs were about.

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