Not too long ago I asked for a relaxing comfortable IEM. You can find the thread here:
I ended up getting the Hippo VB and it was exactly what I was not looking for. To me the reviews were very misleading and I can only raise a brow after reading some of them again after listening to the Hippo. They're all bass and mids are completely overshadowed. I also wouldn't describe the sound signature as warm but as dark. I need a brighter sound. And probably more balanced.
Biggest problem, though, was the comfort issue I had. Further, the silicon tips of the Hippo are also some of the worst I've ever seen. So let me say this again: I'm looking for a comfortable IEM!
I was able to test the Phonak Audéo PFE 112 for few days and I was quite impressed by sound, build quality and comfort alike. I didn't like the silicon tips (although they were alright) but the Comply tips were a dream come true.
I would prefer a bit more bass but only if it's separated (unlike the low budget Sennheiser crap... or the Hippo). I think the new green filters will make the overall sound a bit darker and that's not what I'm looking for. However, I'm still waiting for a comparison review of the black and green filters.
Also, I noticed sibilance from the line out. Unfortunately I don't plan to buy a portable amp.
I'd actually just go for the PFE but in some other thread people said that for the price there are better sounding IEMs, like the q-JAYS. They're 90€ online and apparently build quality and comfort is amazing. (It looks like Comply tips are included as well.)
And there are also the ugly Radius DDM which caught my attention. I can't find much about their comfort, though.
So, which portable earphone can you recommend me? I'm used to the Ultrasone HFI-780 and I love both its treble and separated bass. I don't expect the same soundstage for a portable solution. You can also recommend headphones as long as they're actually portable (not as big as ATH-M50) and closed.
Basically I just want to close my eyes and get sucked into the music and its details. Classical, Jazz, Soul, whatever... and also some Fatboy Slim or Eminem from time to time to remind me I'm not old yet (in which the PFE disappointed).
This time I will not ask for a warm sound as people seem to confuse it with a dark and bassy sound.
Short: Sound wise, I want smooth treble with a separated bass (if possible similar to the HFI-780 but by no means stronger!) without recessed mids. Budget is 150€ (I'd also take used IEMs if I have to). But most importantly, it has to be comfortable! Not okay, not good, but "oh baby, yeah!"
Will the q-JAYS do or are the Phonak my best bet? Any portable headphone I've overlooked?
Thank you for your time!