Okay, I'm thinking of upgrading to a custom IEM, or a portable headphone, but I'm not quite sure which one to get. I'm thinking I'll stick with the CIEM and grab a Clear Tune Monitor CT200, but I want to know all that's available. I'm willing to spend up to 500.
Looking for a balanced sound for now. I listen to a variety of music. Hip-hop, Jazz, Rock, Baroque, anything with an orchestra, Ska, Post Rock, Soundtracks, and whatever the heck Akira Yamaoka makes, heh. I've tried a bunch of both warm and colder IEMs/headphones in the past, and I really enjoyed the ones I had for different reasons. I'm not too picky, as long as it isn't consumer-tier, haha. I think a tad warmer RE0 with a solid soundstage is what I'm looking for. Regular RE0 felt like it was just a touch too cold for me. Here's a list of some of the more notable stuff I've tried.
IEMs/Headphones I've enjoyed/loved (Bolded are my favourites)
Audio Technica ESW10JPN
Head Direct RE0
JVC Victor FX500
Etymotic Research MC5
Did not like:
Audio Technica EW9
I've also had the chance to audition the Vsonic GR7 and GR1s for a couple of minutes. Even though the impressions were brief, I liked the GR1s a lot. As for the GR7s, it sounded a little underwhelming, but I think I couldn't get a proper seal.
I was thinking of going for SM3, but I wanted to jump a little further. (I've heard the upgrade from SM2 to 3 wasn't really that big) EarSonic customs are obviously out of my price range.
I've tried the B&W P5s, which I liked. I liked the sweet sound, but I don't think it was quite what I was looking for.
Thanks for looking.
EDIT: Forgot to mention. I won't be using an amp, and this'll be just straight out of a portable. My ears are a little sensitive to clamping, but as long as it's at least mildly comfortable, it should be okay. IEMs are fine though.
Edited by Ojsinnerz - 10/25/12 at 9:43pm