New apple earpods the best bang for the money
Hope this is a joke.
The new apple earpods that come with the iPhone 5 are not as bad as the ones all the previous iterations. When I (finally, LOL!) broke my Klipsch S5i, I couldn't find my VSonic GR07 at first, so I actually spent a good 2 weeks with these apple ear things.
- There is zero noise isolation, so it's good when you need to be aware of your surroundings, but bad if you want to hear your music in a noisy environment.
- It tends to fall of my ears easily. On the upside, no cable noise (IEM owners know this LOL!)
- They did bump up the mid-bass quite a bit here, so hip-hop and pop lovers would be very happy. Unfortunately, it's just mid-bass, so there's no lower sub-bass rumble.
Now that I found my VSonic GR07, the apple earphones definitely are lacking in the mids and instrument separation/clarity. The highs seem to be okay in the apple earphones, but it's hard to judge that right now as the VSonic GR07 is very good in high's, but sometimes can be borderline sibilant.
At the end of the day, "sound quality" will always be subjective. I do not consider myself an audiophile, at all. I'm just someone who has read a little more about and listened to a few more IEM's and headphones than the "average joe".