Hey y'all. Haven't posted in a while seeing as for a while I was in audio bliss with my M50s and my ER-6 Isolators. Unfortunately, I think it's time to replace the IEMs, as my last pair of tips is disintegrating, the strain relief is totally destroyed, the shirt clip broke, the yoke to keep the wires from separating broke, the casings are yellowing and starting to crack, and the wires feel ever so slightly loose in the casing. I've had them for at least four years, wore them a lot in high school, and then wore them practically every day for a few hours my freshman year at college. In short, they've had a good run of it and probably should be retired.
In the mean time, I picked up a cheap pair of Skullcandy clip-ons, and I'm already regretting it... So I'm not sure how long I'll be able to stand it.
What I'm looking for is something similar to the ER-6, but with a little more bass. I'm considering the ER-6i, but I know they generally haven't been as well liked as the original ER-6.
I've been perusing the forums and Head Room to see what is generally recommended for around $100, and these are my thoughts so far:
Head-Direct RE0 - I know they're popular, but people say that the bass is nearly non-existent. Is this less bass than the ER-6?
Etymotic ER-6i - Tempted by the fact that I know I like the normal ER-6
Klipsch Image S4
Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 4
So that's where I'm at. Additional details: I use a Zune HD for my portable listening with all of music transcoded from lossless WMA to 192 so I can fit it on my player. I mostly listen to metal, hard rock, and alternative (bands like Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Coheed and Cambria, etc.), but I do throw in a fair amount of jazz, classic rock, and classical.