I own two pairs of IEM's:
- Etymotic ER-4P
- Ortofon E-Q7
I like the sound of the ER-4P's, but I simply love the E-Q7's. The problem is the cabling on the Ortofon. They have some sort of nylon "sock" that have developed a rip, leading to a situation where the inner wiring is more or less bare, with just the thin plastic around them.
So, $500 in pocket: What are my options? I mostly use these for iPod, but from time to time I hook them up to a DAC on my Mac. I see that the Shure SE535 get good reviews, but I have never tried a pair of Shure's, and have heard stories of them generally being too bass heavy for my liking.
What am I after? Naturality, non-fatiguing, crystal clear sound, seductive. Can I get all that in a pair of IEM's? :)