I have extensively used the following earphones, all bought after referring this Epic thread of yours. (Except the first one)
Creative EP 630 (Used for 3 years before one side gave up)
Vsonic GR02 Bass Edition (Used for 2 years before 1 side gave up)
HiSound Audio Wooduo 2 (Used for a few months before 1 side gave up)
Sony MH1C (Currently in use)
Vsonic VSD1 (Used for several months before... I misstepped on it and broke the housing...) (Chose VSD1 over VSD1S because of the supposedly enhanced bass)
Out of all the above, despite hoping that the VSD1's would be an upgrade over the GR02 Bass Editions, I felt I enjoyed the GR02 BE more. The Wooduo 2 and MH1C, I don't know the exact term for this, I found a bit veiled in comparison, though I did still enjoy both the sets. And the VSD1 I found a bit lacking in bass, and more sibilant compared to the GR02 BE. I also found the Soundstage/3D Imaging of the GR02 BE more expansive. I don't know whether what I felt contradicts your opinion or not. Or it might just be the individual sets.
I am continuing to use the Sony MH1Cs, but I have to start searching for another set again, this is turning out to be a very expensive hobby for me now... So, what would you recommend now for me? Something which I can procure in India (preferably something available at lendmeurears, mp4nation or hifinage (Indian retailer for Vsonic)). Budget will be not more than 50-60 USD.
And Thanks, for all your advice along the years.
Why not just get another GR02 BE? I haven't heard anything that sounds very similar to these but better - they are just bassier than the VSD1 and most of the other sets I recommend often these days, so I don't think there's anything more suitable for you in that price range. The ATH-CKM500 might be worth considering but its deep bass is not as prominent as that of the GR02.
Joker thanks for your quick reply.. its so nice to have some backup on this subject ^-^
I literally JUST realized you were the one who published the "Multi-IEM Review - 316 IEMs compared", did you write this and compare these yourself??? Its incredibly detailed.. very impressive. Is this list still relevant in 2014? I couldn't find a publishing date on it other than the post date in 2010.
Ive recently checked out a new 3 BA system that is marketed with supposedly a huge amount of well controlled bass and a superb soundstage.. InEar StageDiver 3 (SD-3) [($600) 3 BA] however they appear to be slightly uncomfortable to wear and about 100$ out of my price range.. although they look better than any universal IEM i've ever seen, seeing as how they site low profile in your ear like a custom.. very cool. Should I extend my price range for these?
This is an updated list of the IEMs on my mind,
EarSonics SM64 ($450) 3 BA
InEar StageDiver 3 (SD-3) ($600) 3 BA
Dunu DN-2000 ($315) 2 BA 1 Dynamic
(Sennheiser) iE80 ($270) 1 Dynamic
TDK BA200 ($250) 2 BA
InEar StageDiver 2 (SD-2) ($450) 2 BA
I hate to take up your time but would you mind comparing these or possibly giving me some others to think about? I think you know what Im after now and I'm still quite unsure which of these is best. Do the Dunu DN-2000's have replaceable ear tips? (could i use comply foam tips with them?). If you don't have the time perhaps you could just label them from best to worst for my particular needs? Im an audio engineer and composer.. primarily listening to bass centric EDM and i want some good walking around and sleeping in IEMs that deliver clear impactful bass. Ill be using my ipod and iphone built in amp (not that that matters within most universal IEMs seeing as the amp seems more then enough to power these).
Thank you so much for your time..
Yes, I wrote this review. It's being updated ~weekly - see the title of the thread and the index with the review "add" dates. There's also an easier-to-navigate version here: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone-list/
My StageDiver SD-3/SD-2 reviews are both included in this thread. The bass of the SD-3 is a little excessive for me and I preferred the SD-2. Both are approximately comparable to the EarSonics SM64, but the SM64 seems to be more along the lines of what you're looking for in terms of sound. It's also more comfortable than the regular SD-2/SD-3 (although there are new "small" versions of both StageDivers available that might be more comfortable than the regular ones).
Of course the DN-2000 has replaceable eartips - all universal earphones do. It comes with some foam tips in the package and you can use Complys with it as well (T400 size I think, might need to double-check).
Honestly, your requirements are generic enough that a lot of earphones can be said to fit them. I probably wouldn't get one of the more more flat-sounding ones (BA200, SD-2) for EDM but there's a good chance you'd enjoy those as well, so it's hard to rule them out. It would be easier if you'd already tried some more affordable sets to at least know what worked for you and what didn't. Anyway, it might be the "new toy" syndrome talking but I think the DN-2000 is as good a place to start as any, especially as it's considerably less expensive than the SM64 or SD-3.