Greetings HeadFi, I've been lurking for a while and decided to finally make a post. As far as my experience is concerned, I'm very new to the high-fi world.
I'm a big fan of IEM's due to the isolation.
I own an older set of UE MetroFi 220's as well as an almost new Ety Hf3. As a source I use my PC, Sound Blaster XFi linked via optical to a Yamaha home theater receiver operating in stereo with foobar doing its thing. I also own a current-gen nano for porta-noise.
The Etymotics are amazingly accurate in the mid and high end, much more precise than anything I've ever heard. Unfortunately the bass is reproduced with the same scientific accuracy and almost no thump (I've read that this a feature of balanced armatures).
The UE's have a fantastic thump in the low end, but generally sound inaccurate across all ranges when compared to the Etys.
My musical styles are generally centered around electronic music of just about any flavor aside from jungle and hardstyle. I also enjoy symphonic/orchestral music from time to time as well as some top 40.
I'm looking to possibly get rid of the Hf3's in favor of something else, however I don't know what that something else is. I've read many reviews and still can't come up with a decision.
What I am looking for (which is probably impossible) is an IEM which combines the clarity and accuracy of the Hf3 with the low-end thump of the UE product while retaining accuracy. I realize I'm probably asking for a unicorn that lays golden eggs here, but I figure I'll never know unless I ask.
As far as budget is concerned, I'm less concerned with how much they cost and more concerned with the final product, I'm in no firey rush. For any who read this which are interested in the Hf3's, when I settle on something I will be attempting a trade to get whatever it is.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and hope to hear something soon!