Hi guys. I'm in college, I listen to an extremely wide variety of music- hip hop, country, jam like Dave Matthews, opera, instrumental (requiem for a dream is my current favorite song through quality speakers) some rock, some reggae some dubstep etc etc.
I need a quality set that can play this variety with good bass, clear notes, you know. I spent about 45 minutes in the Bose store the other day switching between their OE2i and MIE2i. I like the isolating features on the first, I like the portability on the second. For in ears I have been very hit and miss, they tend to fall out or I just can't get them in with the rubber piece flexing too much. Honestly, the marshmallows and standard set that came with my iPhone have been the best so far. I like the Bose in ears because of their unique retaining device and they still have quality sound. But you can hear everything around you. I could live with that I think as long as I could turn up the music to the point I can concentrate again.
I'd use these around campus the most. At a table studying, in a computer lab doing CAD work, stuff like that. For that reason isolating would be good.
MY REAL QUESTION, however, is this: Since a lot of people around here don't like Bose because they say they are over priced- what would you recommend instead? They are my absolute upper limit price wise, and I won't settle for less quality this time. I know Bose is the pop star of the music world, but you can't argue that they make a sound (pun intended) quality product. And you can go to the store and TRY them! I don't want to order anything I can't try first both for sound quality and especially fit comfort.
So for Bose quality and fit comfort (but possibly isolating) what do you suggest? Beats are probably out- if Bose products are the pop stars of the music world, Beats are the sleazy whores. I know that much. Bass overload does not equal quality.
Thanks guys! I'm a budding audiophile, but I'm definitely on a budget. This might turn out to be a Christmas item for me.