First off, thank you very much for writing such a detailed review of so many IEM's. I am a total newbie to IEMs and as such am not really sure what would be a good choice for my first pair. I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile, but I do like getting the best sounding equipment that is within my budget. There is much talk about warm, neutral, smooth, bright sounding, etc when it comes to reviews and I honestly don't know exactly what the difference is. About 15 years ago I auditioned several speakers from various brands and finally decided on a pair of Energy Connoisseur C-2's that I still have (and love) to this day. I seem to remember reading or being told that these are neutral speakers, but I don't know for certain. Also for the past 10 years or so I have used a pair of Koss PortaPro headphones for traveling, but their open design doesn't make these very useful for places with a lot of noise (airplanes, trains, etc). Prior to the Koss Porta Pros I briefly had a pair of Sennheiser PX-200 which I exchanged for the Koss Porta Pros (and was much happier with). I mention all this in hopes it will give some of the more experience headphone gurus here a better idea of what type of "sound" I like, as I don't know. I am not sure if it matters, but as to what type of music I listen to it pretty much encompasses everything except rap and r&b. Mostly I listen to classic rock, prog rock and on occasion country and classical.
All that being said, what would be a good first IEM for myself? I'd like to keep the price under $50. My main concern is comfort (especially being new to IEM's), followed by sound quality, and then microphonics. I was thinking about either the Meelec CW31 or the M21, both of which are on Amazon for under $30 and had good reviews here. Again I am grateful for all these reviews and all the other reviews/opinions from others on here. However, I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of choices out there.