Hi all, first post here,
I was pointed to this site by a colleague and I've found it very informative so far; only trouble is, I now have too much information :) and wondered if you could help me narrow my selection down further; first a little on my most recent sets:
Creative EP630 -> Creative EP830 -> BOSE In-ear headphones
The first two were bought on the basis of price (though the 830 I did buy as an upgrade). Prior to these I'd been using bundled headphones which never really impressed me (always preferred to listen using proper speakers where possible).
I was quite happy with the EP630s, they provided more depth than previous headphones, though they did seem to give too much bass (or rather I liked the bass but it overwhelmed the rest of the music - Ideally I wanted more balance). EP830s seemed to add a little more clarity/balance. Neither set lasted very long though, they were rather tatty within 6 months or so (though still working).
The BOSE headphones seemed to provide a lot better balance, good bass and clarity, but they're not 'proper' in-ear and so provided no isolation, and they didn't fare too well on the train/tube journeys (I heard too much of what was going on around me and I was giving out too much 'noise pollution'!). They were also horribly uncomfortable. Anyhow I managed to kill these by wandering past one of my kitchen units and pulling the jack plug off entirely :(
So now my only working pair are the EP630s (they look in worse shape than the EP830s but the left hand phone, while working, has gone quite quiet).
Having gone through this thread:
I think I've narrowed my choices down to three:
I'm more than happy to consider others also but those three stood out. Now I suppose I should go over my usage; they will mainly be used with an iPod Touch (3rd Gen if that makes a difference), and occasionally with a PC/Laptop (gaming/internet radio). I listen to a reasonable range of music: Classical (Baroque, Opera are my favourites, but I'll listen to pretty much anything), Rock, Indie.
I do like bass, but I also like balance and clarity :) The RE0's stood out in the review most to me, but I have concerns about them because I keep reading that they need an amp to drive them (my budget at the moment wouldn't stretch to a headphone amp - I've never used one, but the thought doesn't appeal anyhow as it adds to the bulk that I need to carry around). So that leaves the M2s and Eternas... I suspect that all three are better than what I've used up to now, but I don't have any way to compare them to what I've used in the past so not really sure what to go for... as I said I do like bass, but I don't want it to drown everything else out.
 My budget is around £50, so I don't want to stray far north of that [/edit]
Any advise appreciated!
Edited by Caudovittatus - 8/30/10 at 7:54am