Long time lurker, first time poster here. I'm spending a lot of time in the gym these days and want to upgrade my IEMs. I own Grado SR-80, Shure E2C, and UE Super.fi 3's. I'm hoping to spend $200 or less, but I'll go higher if there's a compelling reason to do so.
They will be used with an iPhone 3GS with no amplification and mostly high-quality AAC files (only my favorite albums are stored in Apple Lossless). Considering I'll be using them in the gym, the option of getting custom ear molds made would be a massive plus which is why I as considering the Etymotic HF3's. The problem is that I'm hearing they have a lot of cord noise and are light on the bass.
As far as musical preferences, I listen to almost everything, but in the gym it'll be a lot of downtempo/trip-hop (like Portishead, Cinephile) and dance/electronic (Late Night Alumni, Above & Beyond, etc). While traveling, I'd listen to a lot of singer-songwriter/folk stuff like Laura Marling, Iron & Wine.
Can you guys help me out? I love the sound from my Grado SR-80s, but I do want something with more bottom end than they provide, but not at the expense of ruining everything else. Would the Etymotic HF3's be a mistake? Thanks!
[Edit:] Does anyone have a headphone.com graph for the Shure E2C? I haven't been able to find one and I'd like to be able to compare what I know and have to these other models. Thanks, again.
Edited by SobriquetLA - 10/7/10 at 4:08pm