I'm looking to purchase some IEM's today / tomorrow for an upcoming business trip to China. I'm leaving the 9th. I'll be using an unamped lastest gen. iPod with 320kbps mp3s. My trip lasts two weeks and I'll have a lot of plane / travel time and a lot of solo time as well.
Tonally, I enjoy a tight, solid bass presence. A open mid / high end is essential too. My music taste ranges from Jamiroquai to Rush, John Coltrane to Mudvayne, Fleet Foxes to the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Throw in some dubstep and hip hop to even out the mix. I like a very full bodied sound. Good isolation (recall I'll be flying alot...) is important too.
For reference - I got some Bose IEMs for Christmas a few years ago. I enjoy the bass from them but they're awfully colored, IMO. The left channel's busted on them and I use them now for earbuds at work.
At home, I have a pair of KRK Rokit 8's for my home studio - I'm a musician, primarily play bass, and record on the side.
Living room - Polk Audio Monitor 50s front, Monitor 30s rear, CS1 center, HSU STF-2 sub, Yamaha RX-V463
Bedroom - SVS SBS-01s + Dayton Audio DTA-1, Sennheiser HD-280 .
I enjoy audio and and I enjoy trying different speakers / amps / setups / etc. That being said, I'm looking for a solid pair of 'everyday' earbuds / IEMs. I'm young - early 20's - and wear ear protection at most concerts and band practices I attend so my hearing is pretty top notch.
I say my budget is ~$150 but there's always a breaking point. If I can get something for just a little bit more that's leaps and bounds better, let me know and I may be able to stretch it.
Thanks for the helpl!
Edited by jmoleary - 5/2/11 at 8:13am