at this point i've decided to check a few out. i'm defintely going with the ie8 and i was going to try another set and possibly a lower cost one to compare if the ie8 is worth the extra money for me.
i was pretty set on the shure 530 but i have just read so many times about cable issues that i am honestly scared off in that regard. i was also thinking shure 310 but again the cable issue scared me away. i'm always skeptical about "issues" and the internet but it really seems like this is a legitimate problem with the shures. this is too bad since i have a feeling i would really like them. i just can't see spending that money and potentially having cable issues which can not be rectified on your own. am i crazy?
i'm now leaning towards those phonaks especially since they give you the 14 day trial. the big thread here makes me think they are brighter than the others mentioned but i think there are enough positives and the risk free trial have me thinking i will try those out for my lower priced pair.
the custom 3's were high up on my list but i can not find anywhere to buy them without return hassles (amazon says only new unopen items can be returned).
i will check out the ue5's as well.
for those who recommended the atrio's--there were two model numbers mentioned. can someone comment on which is the more lusher sounding model? i will research those as well but any other info is appreciated.
further comments and suggestions are of course welcomed and valued.