Yes, I'm an earphone lover. I love music, I love sound and I love earphones. I try to wear a set at all times to avoid listening to the assholes 'round me :)
Since I had SO many earphones I decided to give some of them to my friends because I can't use them all myself. Earphones are meant to be used!
And so, this is the reduced list of the earphones I currently own, in no particular order except for the newcomers, they're starred and at the top of the list:
- ★ Meelec HT-21, another all-time favourite of mine. I should have not bought them because I have too many supras and circums at the time, but the deal was really a steal, costed me less than 14€! I had to order them.
- ★ Koss Porta Pro, I wanted them since forever, but the price seemed quite high. I found a bargain from a reputed site and got them!. Stunning sound for the price, comfy fit and I really like the 80' look :)
- Etymotic mc5, metallic black. Isolation is unbelievable!
- Got me a new pair of Sennheiser HD-201, to replace the ones Haru destroyed last year.
- Meelec M11+, metallic red. Darn pretty look, darn good sound, solid build. My review here. My current favourite all terrain phones.
- Meelec M9, silver. Probably the earphone with the best price/quality relationship. I like them!
- Philips SHE3581, white. Not bad. Philips gave me them when I bought a hair trimmer!
In the past, I have had many others. Some of them were eaten by my cat, Gato, and others by my pussycat, Haru. Others, I gave to friends. This is the list, more or less up to date:
- A pair of iBuds. They came with my iPod Shuffle. Sold!
- Meelec A161P, gold and black. The BEST phones I've EVER had. Period. The sound is just marvellous. I can't believe that a pair of balanced armature drivers could sound like that and have these punchy but controlled basses. They are mind-boggling!!!!!!!! Unfortunately I gave them to my wife and she managed to break them. R.I.P.
- Meelec AF32, smooth black and red. I would never have thought I could have use for a pair of Bluetooth headphones, since I don't have an smartphone, but in the end I'm using these much more than my HD-201. They are just great, light, wireless (or wired, you choose) and sound wonderfully! I'm very happy with them. My wife is using them now.
- Meelec RX12, red. Gave them to my friend Martuqui.
- Meelec RX12, blue. My wife have them by now...
- Meelec M6, clear. Wow, these look cool! I sold them because it was difficult for me to wear them, as I wear glasses and these have a memory wire. A pity because they sound real good!!!!
- AKG K-313. My only non-IEM by now. I'm an IEM guy. They are VERY good but don't isolate shit. Gave them as a present to my friend Jordi.
- SoundMagic MP21. An error from FocalPrice. I wanted the PL21, they sent the MP21 (with mic). My wife has them and uses them from time to time with her smartphone.
- Kanen KM92, wood. You wouldn't believe how cheap are these, and they don't sound bad at all!. Real wood. Gave them to my friend Marta, who really enjoys them.
- Meelec CC51. Utterly beautiful. I've written a review. I got them back from Esther and were my favourites in sound. Unfortunately, shit happens and the cable got broken. The cable was always my main source of concern with these puppies :(
- TDK EB900, black. The "EB" is for "Enhanced Basses". For bassheads only... Sold them.
- SoundMAGIC PL50, metallic blue. A cheap balanced armature. Decent for the price. The left driver decided to die :(
- Meelec CX21. The entry model of the new Clarity series from Meelec. Review here. Gave them to my friend Dabisu :)
- Meelec M21, metallic blue. Absolutely great. I gave them to a friend, Arufuredo Sama!.
- Meelec M6, polished black. Cool, airy and comfortable. Gave them to a friend, Raquel.
- Meelec M9, black. Esther has them by now.
- Meelec A151. The first balanced armature from Meelec. Review here. My wife is using them now.
- Sansa earbuds, not bad, but not remarkable. I threw them to the face of Arufuredo Sama.
- Sennheiser MX-560, I gave them to someone. Don't remember.
- Sennheiser HD-201, I liked them a lot. My only full sized cans at the time. Haru decided to have them for breakfast. After eating the cable, she noticed she was so full she couldn't eat the rest, so she limited to wreak havoc biting furiously.
- Meelec M2. More than one pair. Some of them destroyed by my wife, Esther.
- Meelec M11. Very good quality, but I didn't like the sound signature. I gave them to a friend, Jesús.
- Sennheisser HD-228. Not my piece of cake. Isolation was not bad, but not IEM-like, either. Sound was a bit congested, being closed back and that. They stayed there, defiant, insulting, challenging Haru all the time. Finally Haru taught them a lesson they wouldn't forget. She brought me the cable to show me she had won the fight. I somewhat managed to add them a shorter cable and gave them to Arufuredo Sama, so he could have a pair of comfortable phones.
- SoundMAGIC PL30. They caused me a problem in the ear canal, they peeled... They sounded quite good, but we had a very sour relationship. I finally sold them to a friend, Paco.
- JVC FX66B. Brought from Japan from my good friend David. Gato decided that they would make a quite decent appetizer and devoured them with fruition. After that they didn't sound good.
- JVC HA-FXC50. Not bad, but not my favourites. Haru noticed that I really didn't love the phones and destroyed them for me. She did a terrific job chewing the microdrivers. I thought they were a bit hard, but she managed quite good.
- Sennheiser PMX-100. Oh, my beloved. One of the first quality phones I had. The cable was badly damaged after years of use, but they were still usable. Nonetheless, Gato thought that biting the cable would be brilliant, but then he noticed that running through the house while biting the cable, dragging the phones around, would be MUCH better. And yes, it was. They were utterly destroyed.
- Sennheiser HD500. I bought them a lifetime ago. They were my first "quality" full cans. They lasted a lot, but finally the drivers started to disintegrate or something like that. I loved the way they sounded, the detachable cable... They were a jewel, and they costed me like a jewel, too.