I own a HD580 that I do not like for listening to music, I love it for movies though. I prefer my friend's Alessandro MS1 way more for music.. I am looking for some IEMs that share qualities like the MS1.. fun to listen to, just to enjoy the music and get your feet tapping..Definitely not something analytical and I will never use it with an amp.. I listen to a wide variety of songs..from Black Eyed Peas to Michael Buble, Sarah Mclachlan, Glee Soundtrack, K-Pop, Coldplay etc. Really not interested to know if the drummer wheezed or the singer wiped his nose in the recording.
My source is crap most of the time, earphone out from a Macbook, Pandora on mobile.. I currently own E2Cs, they are crap too (when compared to MS1 using the exact same source)..which is why I need an upgrade.. the E2C is 6 years old.. time to retire. Would like to keep the budget below $200.. but I can stretch it a little.