Hello! I'm new to this forum and really enjoying browsing the boards, but I was wondering if I might ask a bit of advice on a specific circumstance I've found myself in. I recently got a new job (yay) playing cello with an electric string quartet that performs with IEMs (connected to wireless pacs). The group has provided some for me (I don't know the model, unfortunately), but I am having problems with both fit and sound. I'd like to get myself a set that is $200 or less, and I'd love some advice on which to get given the following:
- They're for performance, not passive listening, so clarity is more important than overall blend. I am not being very eloquent here, but I hope my meaning is clear.
- Currently the low register of the cello is coming through so distorted that it's more a buzz than anything else. Intonation is nearly impossible to make out at times. I'd like something with a warm, clear bass sound that will also not be tinny with the violins.
- My ears are ridiculously small. I have never found earbuds that stay in them, even the smallest ones I saw in the store. I've read a number of suggestions here, such as the Comply Tx-100 tips, cutting the third bit off of tri-flanges, and a few other things. Not sure what would be best in this case. Comfort is also key, as I'll be wearing them quite a bit and often for long periods of time.
- Bonus if they're made to go cord over the ears, as we try to keep the cords hidden behind our hair, and also the left cord dangling down sometimes gets caught on the pegs of the instrument. Not as important as the other factors, but would be nice.
I know some of these things have been discussed many times, but the performance context and the instrument and everything else together made me think (hope) that this could be worthy of its own post. Any help would be really appreciated.
P.S. If anyone wants to also throw in their favorite headphones for recording acoustic cello and vocals, I'd appreciate it. Don't want to make too many posts on my first day. :)