Here's my story:
I'm primarily a speaker listener, but because of my living arrangements at the moment and my regular public transportation commutes, I find myself attached to my IEMs far more frequently than ever before. Over the years, I've owned many IEMs and was reasonably happy with the SE530, although I have never liked how dark and veiled they are --they are very sweet and soothing though.
Recently, I picked up the Triple.Fi 10s, and I really love its neutrality (nearly flat according to my ears and the charts that I've seen), but the fit is horrendous. I am forced to get custom earmolds, which will cost $170 CDN. My thinking is that I should just go ahead and buy customs now instead of inevitably moving up the chain and losing more money in the long run when I upgrade. For instance, the $170 plugs will be useless when I move on from the TF10.
I've narrowed my search down to three cans: the UE Reference, the 18 Pro, and the JH13. Looking at the frequency response of the JH16, I've excluded it from consideration because I value neutrality and listen mostly to rock and alternative. For mobile listening, I will be using these with my iPhone 4 (ALAC) > iBasso D10; at home, I have my Technics SP-10MKII turntable with linear-tracking tonearm and ClearAudio Virtuoso cartridge, as well as my trusty Ack! DAC.
Which would you recommend for me? I cannot find the frequency response charts for the UE Reference or the JH13, but the 18 Pro looks OK (not spectacular but decent).
One final possibility is that I could have my TF10 reshelled by that Floridian company that many here have praised.