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Tried: Livewires (returned for bad fit,) Atrio M5s (don't really like their bass heavy signature,) Triple Fis (loved the sound signature but the bad fit almost damaged my ears,) Custom-3s (good overall, but want something better)

Kept: Super fi 3s,

Debating to return: Custom-3s.


I want something that will be plugged straight out of a Sony NWZ-639 that I'm about to order, connected to maybe a fiio E3/5. Smooth & clear are my top priority, as lot of my musics are vocals. Highs would come next, separation is important. I hate heavy bass, I much prefer lighter, yet present bass. 2/3 of my music are burned at 128 - 255MP3 (darn Korean music,) so I guess I should put that as well.

I'm going to order Nuforce 8s for sure, but I want to upgrade my custom 3s as well. Suggestions? Looking at Shure, Westones, and Senns. Price should be less than 500, which just about fits everything except the UE customs.

Thanks