I'm afraid my PK1 would die anytime soon because of split wire. Appreciate if anybody here who have owned/used/heard the PK1 and owned/used/heard one of these prospects. What I want from my PK1 is the big full sound it has and the rumbling, undistorted bass accompanied with the clear mids and non-fatiguing treble. I just wish it would not be as "in-the-face" sounding as possible but it is tolerable. I want an earphone with a spectacular soundstaging and imaging, big sounding bass and very clear mids and highs not really detailed but musical. I want something that is all-rounder as I listen to various music genres.
Hope anyone from here could help me. My choices above may have different sound signature as opposed to what I've described here but those are just my current options as far as my reading here at head-fi is concerned. Suggestions are all welcome.
The TM5 is very controversial as not many reviews are available but Kostalex is praising it very highly saying it has the best bass among the earbuds he tried.
I like the OK1 as most people say it's a step up from PK1 but my concerned is on the bass dept which might be a bit of shy and not as big as the PK1 is.
The MX980 is the latest among the earbuds listed above. Few reviews state that it's sound is like that of the IE8. I know it is good because it's Sennheiser but never really heard a high-end Senns yet (only MX500 that is very long ago).
I want earbuds because they are very on-the-go and comfortable to use. Plus not a lot of maintenance to keep. I had a PFE before but sold it because of the cable stiffening problem plus handling is not so good and convenient for me.
Next stop is to go to the IEM route.
I have been eyeing the RE0 for quite sometimes because of the raved reviews here and there and also because it's cheap. Wonder if it has the same sound with the Yuins as they are all made in China.
Don't know if one could call it a hype but the DBA-02 is getting a lot of love here at head-fi lately. It's cheaper than all of those above earbuds but don't know if shipping to my country (Philippines) would be easy. I guess it has a different sound sig compared to PK1 but if it's good or better overall then why not.
Lastly, the IE8 is what they call the "soundstage king". The reasons I'm turning away from it is the fit which might not be good for my average-sized ears, shipping cost and the price of course. Buying it new is $350 at minimum. Not sure if I want to invest to an earphone at that price. But maybe who knows. Here at head-fi, wallet doesn't matter.
Still I have a budget, $1-$200. Appreciate all your inputs.