I have been reading many threads here over the last few days in my search for a new set of earbuds. I have gotten a lot of my questions answered by searching here but I have come to a point where I need some opinions from those here on a few matters.
Right now I have a set of Shure e3c earbuds, which have lasted me 4 years until now both ears have developed a short near the bend around the ear and the cost to repair them is better spent in my opinion on a new set. The right ear has trouble with high frequencies as of about a year ago too but I have lived with it for too long.
That said, I am looking at something comparable to that set as far as the sound. I realize the quality isn't amazing on those, it's good, but not great. I do like the bass response though. I have narrowed it down to a few choices based on reading threads here but I am hoping someone can steer me in the right direction. The one that grabs my attention the most is the Westone 2 based on reading reviews here. Unfortunately, a lot of people complain about bass response on them, even with a proper seal. Is it comparable to the e3cs? I am not a bass head or anything and I do prefer well balanced sound... but I listen to a lot of heavy/progressive metal and rock in addition to basically everything else, but that in particular seems to be an issue as far as clarity and bass response. Think lots of double bass drum work and intricate cymbal work. I want to be able to enjoy a full spectrum of sound and the e3c was the first set I had that was nicer and had decent bass response. I would say it needs to be as good or better.
The last part of the equation is that I am sick and tired of having cables go bad on earbuds (long list before my current pair had same problem) so I was thinking about getting a custom remold done on whatever set I buy, so that must be a factor. I am planning on going the Fisher remold route for two reasons. One being what I have already mentioned, the ability to replace the cables myself at any time should they short out. Two, I want a better fit in my ear. I use the foam/rubber deals now and they work great for a few weeks then eventually lose their elasticity.
In addition to my portable music player, I am also a guitarist that plays live/records. My primary concern is playback quality on portable music devices but if they can double as a good IEM that is even better.
So all of that said, can anyone make a recommendation with my price range, sound quality requirements and remolding preferences?
Thank you for your time and for this site, it is a wealth of information.