Edit: IEMs, canalphones, whatever. I don't know how precise different terms are as far as in-ear things go, so just... whatever goes in my ears. lol
I recently bought a pair of ViSang R03s to make my main portables since I was tired of my headphones breaking from being treated too roughly (after gluing my ESW9s back together three times I've decided to stop using them so heavily), and I absolutely LOVE them, but Christmas is around the corner and spoiled as I am, I am going to be asking for some nicer IEMs.
So here's all I can tell you about my situation:
I live in Canada. I like the idea of custom-fit IEMs like the UE4s but I'm not sure how it would work with me being all the way up here. : \
I find medium-sized tips fit me best. I have no idea whether this is important information, but who knows? Also, I don't get much earwax. My ears are fairly large, I don't know if that matters either, but again: who knows?
I listen to my music on pretty loud volumes. Right now I am listening to the Sonic Youth album Murray Street with my ViSangs on the Zune's '15', and that's pretty close to how I usually listen to music. My ears aren't long for this world, I know, but I find it's much more enjoyable that way.
I like instruments to sound large and full, which is one thing I like about the ViSangs. Punchy and present bass but not bloated is preferable, and I like highs to be either recessed a little or neutral. I don't know how to describe what I do and do not like in mids.
I generally listen to a lot of indie and IDM. This is my last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/Oggranak
Some of things I don't like about the ViSangs that I would like to remedy with an upgrade:
- The bass can sometimes intrude where it doesn't belong to a small degree, making certain drums and the like sound not quite right
- They don't have a very good shape for an over-the-ear fit
- They can sometimes sound pretty congested when things get too busy
- They can sometimes sound a little slow, I would like something that sounds a little quicker
Comfort isn't a huge issue. I'll get used to them if they're not that comfortable. However, more comfortable is preferable, heh.
I will be using these a lot. Probably 3-9 hours per day, depending on a bunch of factors.
I'm a bit of a sucker for nice presentation. If they feel solid and have a nice cable, that will probably grant a big placebo bonus to my enjoyment of the product.
This will be straight out of my Zune, no amp.
If you have any suggestions, it would be really helpful to put in a brief description of the sound so that I know whether it sounds right for me.
$300-400 is ideal but I'll go as high as $500/600 if necessary.
Edited by Oggranak - 10/21/10 at 9:54am