Hey, I am in the market for a new pair of IEMs, because my ER6i's were stolen from me this summer. I got those last year around blackfriday, and have not been in the market for new earphones since then so I am pretty out of the loop as far as whats the latest and greatest right now. After reading a few threads here and going over the huge multi-iem review thread, I think I've narrowed my choices down to either the RE0s at $80, or the Visang RO3/M2 at $50. I also see that the monster tribunes are on sale for 90 right now, but have not read into that yet. Basically my top budget would be 80-90 and I could push up to $100 if it was REALLY worth it. I got my ER6is for $50 on amazon last time and was satisfied with those for quite a while.
As far as what I'm looking for, in terms of design I do want something durable and whose wires wont start to rip or peel off. I hate when headphone wires start coming off exposing the bare wire, happened to my Sony fontopias too many times back in the day. And also something where the IEMs wont die out within a year, atleast last 3 years for me, and I take decent care of them.
Also want something comfortable, and that if I fall asleep with, it would be safe and not damage them if i was to lay on my side against one ear.
As far as music, I listen to a variety of types, but I guess the majority of the music I listen to is Indie Rock, and Indie Hip-hop. So although its hip-hop its not bass heavy(no mainstream rap) but more melodic and with lots of harmonies and piano. Also listen to classical, singer songwriter, and instrumental. Example albums/artist would be Radiohead (OK Computer) as for the rock side, to Sigur Ros/Enya/Tori Amos, to Cunninlynguists/Grieves to the hip-hop side. PRETTY MUCH they are different genres of music but have similar qualities so I think I can find a set of IEMS which will bring the best out of all of them.
So thats basically what I'm looking for, from what I've read I was lead to the RE0 and M2s, but I only researched for a couple hours and I might of missed something better for the type of music I enjoy. ALSO, not pairing with any amps/daps probably, atleast not for a long time. My source would be my iAudio X5, and im waiting for the X7 (if it ever releases) or something similar. EDIT: Prolly going to get the Sansa Clip +
Edited by onilink3089 - 8/29/10 at 12:04pm