I'm a long-time lurker here, and have learned a ton by reading these forums. I'm looking for a recommendation for a kind-of unusual situation.
I'm an artist (visual, though I work with sound some too). I'm going to have somebody moving in above my studio who watches TV all the time at high volume. There are just creaky wood floors between us and I need to have control over what I'm hearing to concentrate on my work. I want to get some custom IEMs to wear all day in my studio.
So, while I appreciate and want good sound quality, comfort and sound isolation are my primary needs. My budget really doesn't go above $300 for them. I know that's not a lot for customs, but looking at some of the mega-threads on custom IEMs, it looks like there are a handful (from Alien Ears, Westone, Kozee, Clear Tone Monitors, Fidelity, 1964, maybe others).
I have only had universal fit IEMs, so I am hoping others can help me figure out what to get. I like the fact that Westone has a background with hearing aids and relationships with lots of audiologists (here in Grand Rapids, MI, USA there aren't audiologists on the lists recommended by other manufacturers). I'd like detachable cables for ease of replacement since these will be getting tons of use.
I will obviously be listening to music too, and I do care about sound quality, but I figure that at this price range, everything will sound pretty decent, and I'll probably be driving it with an MP3 player anyway (ipod touch, sansa clip+). If I should be thinking about differences in sound quality among these lower-end custom IEMs, let me know your thoughts on that too. (listening would be mostly electronic, ambient, some classical, occasionally hip-hop, folk, etc. I'll probably also use them for mixing audio for sound work.)
So, what are your thoughts? What IEMs could I wear all day comfortably that would block out the sounds of walking and loud TV above me and provide decent sound quality?
Edited by respiraahora - 6/23/11 at 4:51pm