After some consideration the last few weeks I've been seriously considering selling most of my head-fi gear and purchase a pair of custom IEM's. I don't really have a budget, all I'll say is the JH3A is out of my budget.
I thoroughly enjoy the sound coming from my Westone 3's, and what I guess I am looking for is W3's on steroids if possible.
I guess I am a bit of a basshead, but only as long as the bass is deep, hard and doesn't distort or hurt any of the other frequencies.
I primarily like genres of rock, but acoustic music, rap, pop etc. also gets a few runs every once in a while.
I want somewhat a balanced, neutral sound signature, but with a good bit of bass, but I don't like the midrange to drown out, as it tends to do on the HE4's, but treble is also quite important to me.
To me, there's really no such thing as too bright a treble, except for one headphone I heard - the Beyer DT770 32ohm straight out of my iPhone which wasn't pleasant at all.
I've considered some of the following options, and I've noted some plusses and minuses at each custom:
JH Audio JH16 Pro - I'm afraid there's too much bass in these babies, but everything else looks pretty good other than the fact that the Pelican case isn't padded.
Westone ES5 - I have alot of faith in Westone after hearing the 3's, but apparently it's very "sophisticated" whatever that means, and I'm afraid it's too polite if that makes sense. The accessories look pretty amazing though.
Spiral Ear SE 5-Way Reference - I heard the Ref 3's and loved them and their stationed in Poland which is great for me, but the case looks terrible, cables aren't detachable and silicone or not doesn't really matter to me, so I'm not sure if too much has been focused there.
1964-Q - This is a very interesting model, and apparently they're releasing a 6-driver model soon. Their prices are VERY fair, the accessories look good, and they get some good reviews on the way.
Some of the Unique Melody offerings, but I'm not sure if any of them fit my criteria.
What else should I be considering?
The reason I want to go custom other than the obvious ones are the fact that Universals do not fit properly in my ear. I've tried Comply's with the best result which wasn't too good either, I've tried silicone, bi-flanges, tri-flanges - you name it.