I'm sure you've seen this countless times, but even after reading through numerous threads I'm having a hard time deciding on what I would like to get.
I've used my E2Cs for 2.5 years, and today, the right earphone is beginning to fail. I found a specific spot on the cable where the wire must be fraying because sound cuts out when I lightly manipulate that area.
Now I know that the Image S4 and the RE0 are both excellent sets for my price range (<$100). I just wanted to get some help on deciding which is right for me. I don't listen to bassy things like techno or trance, but more indie/alternative rock. A lot of acoustic stuff. I don't need them to be booming in my ears.
I'm leaning towards the image S4 because I've read that they are great for making music sound richer. I really like that the RE0 does a great job of staying so balanced. I don't have an amp, and don't plan on using one either, so the image S4 might be a better choice in that area. Another important thing for me is durability. Hopefully more than 2 years of life. With this being an audiophile forum, you'll probably stone me when I say most of my collection is 192kbps mp3 files, but with that being said, it's important to me that the earbuds are at least a tad bit forgiving on the downfall of compression. It's hard to find that kind of information in reviews.
Basically, I'm wondering what is your opinion of these 2 pairs of earbuds, and which would you recommend to me? If you have a different recommendation, I would love to hear that as well!
Thanks for your help!!