After reading way to much about these silly things I think I have narrowed my choice down to either the UE700's or the Etymotic HF5's and looking for some input.
A little History, my first pair of IEM's were the REO's and I am still listening to them and enjoy for the most part. I then went on to the DBA-02's which I absolutely loved but they crapped out after 6 weeks. I loved the DBA's for the speed and precision and their slightly fuller sound but did find them to be a bit simbiant (SP?). I really liked how the bass was not muddy in the slightest but still packed some punch....this is something the REO's are really missing compared to the DBA's.
I will, at some point, get another pair of DBA-02's but I am looking for something different, and quick, for the time being. After spending way to much time reading reviews and comparisons I have come down to the UE700's or the HF5's. The price on the two are within $25.00 of each and both are right around $100.00. I listen to a very wide range of music and I think it is easier to say that I do not listen to Rap, Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, or Opera. I am also a bit of a stickler for build quality so let that weigh in a bit as well.
Wanted to add that right now I am using a Fiio E1 amp on my IPhone 4 for mobile use and as soon as the E11 is available I will be picking up one of those.
Lets hear your thoughts.....I am going to order this afternoon so time is of the essence.
Edited by LJH01 - 6/13/11 at 10:33am