I have $500 budget and have been reading over 20000 posts for a month now and still can't decide. I know it will be the biggest price ticket earphone I commit into. I'm currently use Etymotic HF3 for my iPhone but sometimes the sound is not quite what I expected. It is a bit more tiring after listen to it for a while. I tried many tips but still get me exhausted. I listen to all kind of music from pop, rock, new age(kitaro), to jazz and classic.
what I really want is the top notch sound with great clarity plus it must be "non-fatiguing", which means I can listen to that great sound for over 7 hours just like listen to big stereo set. I know this might be far fetch but it is what I'm hoping for. I'm reading up on many products like SE535, Westone 3, ER4P, or Triple fi.
what I'm looking for is again:
2 big sound stage nice surrond
3 great and precise detail on mid and treble
4 good punch on bass (doesn't need to be too strong) my hf3 is really lack on this.
I hope I can pack my big polk stereo system in to my ear but that is not a choice isn't it : )
Hope all of you seasoned head-fier can help me
thank you in advance