I hate skipping research on something I'm going to plunk down some money on, but as it stands, there are too many choices and too little time to read all. And impatient. So I'm here to ask around some suggestions to narrow down my research for my quite possibly first high quality IEM.
A little info on what I have, and song preferences.
I have, and like the CAL (which I find that the CAL matches what ljokerl said in his other thread), They are for the most part fine when I need to use it outside, but as mentioned the isolation are not quite good for portable use, and with no form of folding mechanism, makes eat space in my bag.
I also have a Koss PortaPro, and very much like using it on the go, rather than at home, because the boomy bass is less apparent when there are outside noise. Personally I find it almost match my CAL and often change between them. It is all the more similar, IMO, after I did the quarter-mod (cut a quarter-sized hole in the earpads, for those who aren't familiar), now they have a fairly balanced V-shape, with the bass just overpowering a little bit. Being open though, and the fact that I take the metro (subway) going to uni, all I hear is the train.
My music preference are somewhat nebulous, as in I listen to whatever I found pleasing/fun/toe-tapping/overall very musical; most genres. I don't listen to, or like, bass-heavy songs much, and very rarely listen to EDM or such genres. If I have to choose, the music the likes of Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, the Killers, Keane, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Coldplay, anime/game songs and soundtracks. What I like in my songs though are a combination of vocals (especially female), synergy of the instruments in busy tracks and/or punchy bass that doesn't overpower the other spectrum. with a dash of highs to complement them all.
As such, I am looking for some suggestions to read up that have almost, if not similar sounds to them, but with a little bit more forward vocals and a little more sparkle on the highs. I guess an all-rounder. My budget would be in the range of not more than $100, at most $130. Needs the isolation, or at least not making me crank up the volume when I take the train.
Oh and maybe geographic info is important too? Currently I'm in Moscow, so maybe some suggestions are harder for me to get. Oh and probably not more than 5 suggestions would be good.
EDIT: I almost forgot, the source. Mostly I from 320 kbps mp3 from my phone, although I am looking up to snatch me some Clip zip or something, so in the future it will be .flac.
Edited by jgray91 - 2/25/12 at 6:18am