It's been a good while since I last posted on this forum. I'm not a complete n00b to IEMs but it's been some time since I was knowledgeable in this field. Here's my situation:
I bought my 2nd IEM (Monster Turbines) through recommendations here at HF. The first couple months went swell as I grew fond of the bass-heavy and energetic headphones. After a few more months, I saw the problems show through. Through my 1.5 years of ownership, I have RMA'ed the product 5 / 6 times. Today, I discovered that the speaker itself is splitting in half where the two pieces are assembled together. I emailed Monster (again..) asking for a replacement.
I am officially tired of RMA`ing this headphone every few months. I want to try something new, something reliable but very comparable to the Turbines (in terms of sound). Here's my criteria:
-Should be bass-heavy (must) and energetic (or better than) as the Monster Turbines. I'm a student who loves bass but doesn't want to sacrifice clarity or quality.
-RELIABLE / Sturdy construction. I am a student so any headphone will see its fair amount of use. The cable and speaker itself should be built to last, unlike the Turbines (the cable is super thin).
-Good Sound Isolation (like the Turbines)
-Good Warranty / Customer Service, in case I end up RMA`ing it as many times as the Turbines -_-'
-Budget: $100 - $150USD (Starving Student craving for sound)
I'm reading some good news about the Klipsch Images (particularly, the S4) but they seem like they're 'good' not 'great' compared to IEMs like the Turbine. The S5i Rugged seems like it fits the construction criteria but idk about sound quality. The ProMedia In Ear is questionable too.
What ya'll say? Help a fellow Head-Fi student out!