I'm thinking of stepping off the full-size headphone/amp matching crapshoot merry-go-round and getting a CIEM instead. Hope you guys can help. I've come a long way with my full-size headphones and I know what it is I'm looking for, but being totally unfamiliar with the CIEM companies and models, I don't know which ones offer what I'm looking for.
So here's what I'm looking for sonically: an overall warmish presentation (not quite as thick as an SM3 or LCD-2, but just short of it), an extreme amount of speed and resolution, preferably in silicone but I guess I can compromise, excellence in timbre and tone (these two things are very important to me), next come excellent separation and imaging. If I had to compromise between separation and imaging, I would compromise imaging.
I don't really care much for soundstage, but something relatively three dimensional would be nice.
I own a B2 as a kind of throw away IEM right now, and don't enjoy it all that much, so the UERM is probably not for me. The best UIEM I've owned is the SM3, but I thought it was a tad too thick and the comfort was bad (it was V1).
The Spiral Ears flagship sounds like the right direction but 1) apparently they don't ship to the US (is this right?) and 2) they might not fit my ears.