Having an L-plug is essential for me but it never seems to be a big deal to anyone on these forums. If it's not an L-plug, it's a deal-breaker. This seems to eliminate 80% of IEMs, but that's ok, since i still have quality choices. I am just surprised that this isn't a bigger issue. If i wrap the cable around my Nano and shove it in my pocket, i don't want anything sticking out (i.e. an I-plug).
I have been visiting this forum for years, but am in no way qualified to comment on quality of earphones; I'm no audiophile, just a wannabe. So whatever seems to be the consensus on these forums is what i will end up buying and hopefully train myself to hear the sound qualities that are described here in strange, yet richly descriptive terms. I've spent about 5 hours over the last two days researching IEMs in the sub-$100 range because two days ago the cable on the Audio Technica ATH-CK7's got sliced and the left side no longer works. I commute by train 3+ hours per day and i can't last without music. I have to buy a pair tonight.
Since the L-plug issue narrows my choice, I'm looking at:
-Fischer Audio Silver Bullet (looks like these will stick too far out of my ear and i think my preference is for deep insertion (is there a less dirty way to say that?) which the SB's apparently don't allow for).
-Fischer Audio Eterna (current frontrunner)
-ECCI PR41 (don't know if i like that flat cable)
I'm not really asking for suggestions here, but don't mind if they are offered. I am genuinely curious how the plug is not a big issue to anyone else. Btw, i don't care that these IEMs potentially have vastly different sound signatures because i don't think i have a strong preference. I can appreciate 'accurate' and i can appreciate 'fun' even if those sound completely different. I think i am in the mood for 'fun' right now. That's why Eterna is the frontrunner. If i decide that doesn't work for me, i'll buy another pair in a year.