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Best earbuds for upcoming LG V20 recommendations?
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I hear you re the Note 7. I bought one myself and exchanged it twice. I'd have exchanged it for the V20 already if I had an account with AT&T or T-Mobile instead of Verizon.
The most comprehensive reviews of IEMs I've found are by |joker|, a friend from Head-fi who is an audiophile and sound engineer. He has excellent taste and will tell you which of the cheapest IEMs are the best and most durable. Here are his comparative reviews of 352 IEMs (check the chart at the end):
Here's a great thread for finding out about deals on IEMs and getting a little advice at the same time (but don't stray too far off-topic):
Since you mentioned durability, you might check into into these (they even *look* durable):
Detachable cords are a feature you don't normally see at this price point, and that adds to the durability factor, since you can replace the cords yourself.
Here's what joker says about them:
“Build Quality (4/5) - Solid-feeling plastic housings are coupled with Meelec's excellent new cabling terminated with a low-profile L-plug. Two inches of memory wire provide additional strain relief.
“Soundstage and positioning are good for the price. Clarity across the range is also impressive, with decent bass control and crystal-clear sparkle at the top of the range. There is a mid-bass hump but it’s hardly distracting and doesn’t detract much from the overall balance. Treble is also quite pronounced, leading to a somewhat V-shaped signature. Still, they provide a very good all-around sound at the price point and can please both the detail freak and the casual listener.
“Taken as a total package, the Meelec M6 is a steal - Techno/Trance and Electronica listeners need not look any further, but nearly everyone is sure to be impressed with the combination of sound and comfort at the price point. One of my favorites in its class."
If the "V-shaped signature" bothers you and you'd prefer IEMs with glorious mids, there are always other choices.
My SE535s have superb mids, as do Grado GR10s and Westone UM Pro30s, but I doubt you'd want to carry those IEMs around, since they're expensive and you've said that durability is important to you.