No, I haven't
I actually did read most of his post thread, but it's a bit overwhelming lol. I picked out a few, and was actually looking at the um3x, sm3, ex1000, fx700, AGS-1, and e-Q5. I was also looking at the ER4 and CK10, and they seemed perfect, except the fact they're bass light :/. I don't really want them to be bass light. And not too bloated either! I like deep detailed bass as I listen to bass heavy music, but would prefer the 3-D imaging thing if it came down to the 2 criteria. :)
As you can see, there's a lot of choices, and I don't even know if they're fully suited for what I want (as I don't really understand the difference between soundstage, imaging, separation, layering, 3-D presentation, etc.) So I just wanted to explain the sound I wanted to Joker, and see if he could rank the top suggestions for me. :)
Thanks anyways for the response and suggestions! I'll have to check some of the other ones out.
I haven't heard the ASG-1 but the rest are all good choices. The SM3 has what is probably the most 3-D presentation, the UM3X has the best separation, the EX1000 has the widest headstage, and the e-Q5 and FX700 are just excellent all-rounders. The CK10 has some of the best imaging I've heard but if you're worried about bass I'd give it a pass. Maybe pass on the e-Q5 too even though it has a bit more bass than a CK10/ER4S. If you need isolation both the UM3X and SM3 are very good choices but I'm not sure you'll find either for <$300 new.