My old iem's (Thinksound Rains) went through the wash after a couple years of use, so it is time to buy new ones. My budget is about $100 which somewhat sucks because when I'm at home I listen through Grado RS-1s -- but I have to make do...
One of my favorite things about my RS-1's that makes them unlike any other headphone I have heard is how the bass is both detailed/clean and impactful. Most IEM's (and even headphones) I find that have detailed bass, also seem to have weak anemic bass (very unlike the bass in a live setting.) But then most IEMS i find that have a strong bass, also have a muddy/dirty bass...(very unlike the bass in a live setting) or they are in some lame middle ground (very unlike the bass in a live setting). Whereas my RS-1's have both impact and detail (very much like the bass in a live setting). I also feel as if when impactful bass can remain tight/clean/detailed, it would be less likely to intrude/overpower the mids/highs....
Granted, its not fair to compare sub $100 IEMS to $500+ open headphones, but I need to make do with the best match I can find. So this is what is on the table for my next IEM:
Etymotic HF5 - $95
Head-Direct RE0 - $80
Head-Direct RE-Zero - $99
Thinksound TS02 - $80
Xears TD III Blackwood V2 PRO - $55
EDIT: these will be UNAMPED through a 64gb iPod Touch 4th generation. also the music on my iPod is convered down to ACC 128kbps so I can fit more on... it remains lossless on my laptop.
Edited by cruizin caleb - 8/3/11 at 9:00pm