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I currently have a pair of Shure E2C's. I like the sound, and I'm driving them through my iTouch 2G. I'm planning on picking up a Clip+ and a E7 or E11 so I can play my .flac library on the go.

 

What I'm wondering is if I'd get a huge sound increase from switching to RE0's or Grado SR80i's, or something along .

 

I'm not a basshead, and I have fairly eclectic tastes in music. Mumford and Sons, Daft Punk, Prokofiev, Frank Sinatra, Napalm Death, etc. I like clarity and an open soundstage. I really don't mind wearing full-size headphones in public, either. I heard the AD700 has a fantastic soundstage, so, should I look into that?

 

Budget: $100, $120 absolute max.

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I have Shure E2C and Sunrise Xcape V1, I found that the Xcape stomp the Shure in every category except isolation. FWIR, the Xcape should've a similar sound characteristic to the RE0. The Xcape sounds more natural to me without emphasizing any frequency while for E2C, it sounds more mid freq heavy with no sparkle and bass like this shape /\. 

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I've had a pair of shure se210's which I think are very similar to the E2C and a pair of RE0s. I found the RE0 to be an improvement in almost every way sonically, but a major step back in build quality, microphonics and isolation. Because of the build quality I find the RE0s difficult to recommend. If you're ok with full size headphones I'd go that route, but grado's leak like crazy. The person next to you in the library will get your music at almost the same volume you do, so I wouldn't recommend those. I'd look at some closed headphones, and try to pick some up on the FS forums. 

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