I would like very much to pay less than $100 = that's why I need oldish. If it just came out and it's $100, I doubt I'm going to pay under $100 easily. Something within the last 3 years would be nice.
I've never owned anything "high-end," but I appreciate definition: I spent a week upgrading all my songs to 320kbps. Never knew I was missing so much.
What kind of sound I like:
- Very clear vocals. I turn the EQ on my iPhone to Vocal/Treble Booster permanently. Brilliant, even, for piano portions.
- Ever-so-slightly thumping bass. I dislike muddy bass; sharp bass punches are good.
- Detailed sound. I want to pick out instruments. The dream IEMs would articulate orchestral pieces perfectly.
I am not exactly looking for "reference-quality" sound. I just want aggressive vocals, a dynamic bass, and detailed clarity. Absolutely no muddiness whatsoever. I want the sound to jump out: juicy ("sound that has joie de vivre, energy, and life") would be the one-word adjective to describe what I want.
If that didn't help, some music I listen to: strong vocals (Erin McCarley, Regina Spektor, OneRepublic, Vanessa Carlton), light rock (Smash Mouth, Green Day, blink-182, Bowling Soup), the lighter side of bass (will.i.am, Mogwai, Slipknot, Owl City), and some piano-based (Ludovico Einaudi). A good portion of the music I like has some piano back-up: clarity with piano would be nice.
I was going with the Etymotic Hf5/hf2/hf3 series, but I heard they had some "weaker" bass. I really would like a bit of a thump with bass, so I looked at the Klipsch Image s4/5 series. They looked great, but I heard they were muddy (which I dislike even more than a weak bass). So, I'm open to anything now.
Any advice or purchase suggestions would be quite appreciated. :D
P.S. Noise-isolation would be nice, too, but I assume any IEM worth owning has at least halfway decent isolation.
Edited by ikjadoon - 5/24/11 at 11:39pm