I am thinking I may invest in some good custom IEMs soon. However, I have done very little research and I don't know what is the best bang for your buck. I am looking to probably spend no more than $1000 with ear impressions included. I guess, I just want to buy a set of customs and be done with it. One good set, and have them last me a decade. No upgrading down the line.
So, that has taken me to the Westone ES5. I read a few reviews about the product, and I like what I have seen. However, what concerns me most is the sound signature. Currently, I am using Shure se530 IEMs. I really like them a lot. The do not fatigue me in the least, and I believe that is because they aren't terribly "bright." Anyways, I am looking for a custom IEM with a similar sound signature to the se530s, however, I wouldn't mind haven't a little more treble sparkle.
These are what I am looking for:
1. Deep and wide soundstage.
2. Forward mids
3. Clear highs that create a transparency to the sound, and some sparkle. Just liquid and smooth.
4. Ample bass, but nothing too brain rattling. (I want to hear it, and I want it to be thick and lush, but not bloated).
5. Comfortable of course.
6. Sturdy detachable cable.
As far as music goes, I like a bit of everything. I find myself listening to lossless from my iPod classic, or 320kbps mp3s. I would be hooking the IEMs up to an Ibasso D4 amp connected via a LOD to my iPod.
I listen to a lot of different types of music. Here is a sampling...
Indie rock - Built to Spill, Pinback, Spoon, Sparklehorse
Jam Bands - Phish, Grateful Dead, Jazz is Dead
Electronic - Daft Punk, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada
Post Rock - Do Make Say Think, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai
Rock - Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Black Keys
Jazz - John Scofield, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, T. Monk
Other brand/model ideas.
UE or JH Audio or Westone or ...