First, I would like to thank everyone for their reviews and input. I have been trolling a read a few threads - very helpful!
Here's my situation..
-looking to replace my vmoda bass freq's
--yes, they had muddy bass and lacked definition. I've been through two pairs, and time for an upgrade
-Music types: nearly all, but mainly hip hop, dubstep, rock, and even some classical.
-I enjoy bass, but would like clarity as well.
-I love music, and enjoy good sound reproduction.
--My over-ear headphones are Sennheiser HD 212 Pro's. In my opinion, they sound pretty good.
-My main use for my IEM is for travel - airports and on airplanes
--therefore sound isolation is important, yet not #1.
-these will not be used for my workouts. I'll stick to the cheapos to sweat in!
-I will likely not use an amp.
-Budget: less than $100 range...preferably $50-$70
Here are my top selections, in order of preference. This is based on the reviews that I've read, so let me know your thoughts:
1. Brainwavz M2 (ViSang R03)
-I like that they provide a lot of bass, have decent build quality, and reviews say they are comfortable
2. A-Jay's Three
-I like the style, idea of a tangle free cord, and decent bass. Downside: the fit can be questionable, especially for long periods of use. Also, noise feedback from the cord rubbing against clothes is a concern.
3. Klipsch S4's
-Good overall range, good CNet reviews, and they can be bought locally at BestBuy (and use my rewards certificates). Downside: cable quality seems poor, and can lack the mid-range notes
(4) MEELectronics M6
-This is the low cost alternative. I like the idea that they are relatively inexpensive, and have pretty comparable sound. If they are truly close to the sound quality of the above (and a fraction of the cost)...I may resort to these.
After reading Mark's review on the M2's, I'm pretty sold. I want to make sure that I'm not missing out on other decent options!