1. Which is a better sound quality for my buck? Earsonics SM3 or JH Audio JH5s? In terms of comfort and fit, I don't prefer customs right now - they don't necessarily feel more comfortable to me than universal, and I don't want to deal with the ordering / fit hassle. So in terms of just sound quality, which is going to be a better buy? Uses are for live performance (guitar player and vocalist) and mixing full albums. I like a balanced soundstage with extended bass and present mids. Bass oomph is great and even preferable as long as the mids aren't scooped.
2. Along those lines... given the fact that I don't really prefer the fit of custom molds, which am I better off pursuing, Universal IEMs or Custom IEMs? Is something like an SM3 or other high-end universal going to be on par with a UE11 in terms of sound quality, or do they have a lower sound quality in general than customs?