General purchase advice: Ask your questions/for advice here!

The recent Sennheisers are always praised for their fit. Most sing their praises for sound quality, too. You can try out the IE200 for fit, and then use it while outside walking. Then get the IE600 for an upgraded audiophile experience.

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I like the Hyla Sarda in the same price bracket as he Meze, but I’m not a big IEM user.
Sarda’s real strength is it’s Bass.

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Never had an issue with mine, and it works great with the 800s

So I had someone recommend the Sennheiser Momentum 4 and I managed to find the Momentum 3 reasonably cheap. Sadly, still not deep enough. Any other suggestions?
Also, if I were to try IEMs, how would I go about finding a good comfortable fit? I have zero idea what shape/size my ear canals are, I just know that I’ve tried some silicone tips in the past and they were pretty uncomfortable.

I’ve had good luck using memory foam tips such as these:

They wear out fairly fast (e.g., a few months of regular use) but the size options and foam adapt to most every ear. Once you find the right size, they sell S, M, or L packs too.

The sound may not be primo, but I have fairly large ears, and the Bose QC 35 II were the most comfortable wireless ANC headphones I’ve worn.

May be worth a try, especially if convenience is important to you. A wireless, over-ear can always will be easier to just slap on and use than any wired IEM.


My experience with the Bose QC 35 II is similar to yours.

I’ve been using them as my default office headphone (mainly for Zoom and MS Teams calls) since February 2018. I need to replace the earpads one of these days as the outer material is starting to fall apart, but that is simple enough (I just need to get around to doing it).

@pezda, let me know if you want me to measure the inside of the cups.



That would be helpful for me, if you don’t mind. Thanks!

Keeping in mind that my pads are old and worn out, the opening is approximately 2.25 inches tall by 1.5 inches wide. This is pretty close to Dekoni’s stated dimensions of their replacement pads for the QC 15, 25, and 35 series.

I should have new Bose pads arriving later this week.

Thanks! I have Dumbo ears, so the sizing is important. Sadly, too small.

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Thanks for the info, this would be snug but the more important info for me is the depth.

I’m looking for the good headset that I could use while cycling.
My first requirement is to be able to listen - that is with noise cancellation and something to shield from noisy wind.
Ideally the headset should allow for speaking while cycling - I think the only option to get clear voice is with external microphone.
The price doesn’t matter, I’m desperate :).

When you say headset, does that include IEMs such as the Apple AirPods Pro 2? I don’t cycle, but I imagine whatever you use will need to be compatible with your helmet; I also don’t wear a cycling helmet often, so I’m unsure if it covers the ears or not.

With the new pads mounted, the approximate depth from the edge of the pads to the inside of the cups are as follows:

  • Front: .75”
  • Rear: 1.5”

The Etymotic HF3 fitted with the foam eartips will cut down the irritating wind noise while providing a decent microphone with playback controls.