I'm trying to get the best pair of phones money can buy under $200 - I've figured out that for under $200, the best IEMs I could probably score are a pair of Triple Fi.10s (second hand). Which are known as one of the better IEMs out there. On the other hand, the best cans seem to be the Shure 840s or ATH-M50s, which are pretty much at the lower end of the spectrum of cans price-wise.
So my question is, dollar for dollar, at this price range, am I going to get better sound out of sub-200 dollar IEMs or one of these lower-end cans?
These are going to be fed out of a FLAC > S:flo2 set up. I'm not a bass head so I'm leaning towards the 840s if it does come down to the cans. I haven't included any open cans in the discussion as I'm going to be using these on shoulder-to-shoulder NYC commutes so isolation is a must. I also want all-rounders because I dabble in everything...acoustic/scores/folk/jazz/rock/rap/classical/reggae.
I posted this in full-size but want the opinions of the IEM crowd as well..
Edited by sphinxvc - 9/19/10 at 11:44pm