Has anyone here ditched a set of Shure SE530s for something else? What would you recommend?
A bit of background:
My fourth(!) pair of SE530s has just given up the ghost. The first three suffered the dreaded cracked cable issues, and the filters in this fourth set have become brittle and fallen out, which has destroyed the bass, and made the treble a little too harsh for my taste.
Until now, I've been sending them in for replacement under warranty, but Shure UK have said that the warranty (now nearly 4 years old) won't cover a fifth replacement. They have offered a discount on the new SE535s, but given the problems I've had with the 530s, I'm inclined to look elsewhere. (I don't understand why they keep dying; I clean them regularly, never drop or knock them, and keep them stored in their case whenever I'm not using them. I do use them very frequently though; several hours a day every weekday.)
I use them to listen to 320kbps MP3s on an iPod Classic at my desk at work. As for musical genres, I listen to pretty much everything, but particularly enjoy female fronted symphonic metal (Within Temptation, Nightwish, Delain, etc).
At home, I do most of my listening on a set of Sennheiser HD650s, and although they're totally different to the Shures, I'm quite a big fan of their signature too. Anything that sounds somewhere between the two would probably suit me quite well.
I don't really have a shortlist, but I'm considering the IE8s, X10is, that sort of thing. My budget would be around £200.