I am a long time lurker of these forums, but I haven't posted much. I have finally decided to purchase some higher end earbuds, and I'm looking to spend somewhere between $150-300, definitely not much more then that. I would prefer to spend around 200 or less, but am willing to go up to 300 if it seems like I would be much happier. Right now I own some MEElectronic M6s which are OK, but not spectacular. I have also been using some Sennheisser HD212Pros for home for the past 6 years or so, and felt it was time to upgrade to something better sounding.
I think I most likely want something that is accurate, but also fun to listen to. Build quality is important, and replaceable cables are a big plus. I also want something that offers a decent amount of isolation, since I will be using these on the subway in addition to home listening. I listen to a lot of indie, some shoegaze, some funk, a little classical, and some hip hop too. Radiohead is my favorite band, so sounding good with their records is a must ;). I'm not sure if I will be able to find something to handle all of these genres, but hopefully I can find something that comes close.
So far I have been looking at some of these models:
Shure SE425s - heard that this is mid-centric and bright. Has removable cables.
TripleFi 10Vi's - removable cables, heard that they are quite good. Wish I would've known about them when they were going for 95 on amazon. Would've jumped on them then just due to price.
Audio Technica CK10s - lots of good reviews about these, supposedly built like a tank. Not sure where to buy these though.
Fischer Audio DBA-02s - heard they are similar to CK10s, cost a lot less, and are not built as well. Unfortunately there is quite a long lead time to ordering these.
Westone 2s - fun IEM?, good build quality
Westone UMX2-RC - removable cable version of the UMX2s, not sure what the difference in sound is between these and Westone 2s.
If you could help me out with the sound signature of some of these earphones and what I might like, that would be great. Also feel free to suggest some other earphones, since I am sure I haven't heard of quite a few of them that are out there.
Also if anyone is in the NYC area and knows of a good audio store I can visit to try some of these out, that would be awesome too.