Hello. I recently joined because my Sennheiser 271s broke, and I need a new pair of IEMs. I don't plan on spending too much, and my utter maximum is 80 USD or 4000 Php. For my listening profile, I'm into mostly rock (Incubus, Tool, A Perfect Circle), ballads (A Perfect Circle's 3 Libras tops my list of favorite songs; Stairway to Heaven, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You by Led Zeppelin), and chill (Nujabes, Massive Attack) music, but as long as it can get 3 Libras to play nicely, I'll be happy. I listen using my iPod nano 6th gen while commuting, working, and jogging.
I'm not an audiophile, and my Sennheisers were great for me. They had a lot of microphonics, which was relieved mostly by threading the wire under my shirt. My main concern is durability though. I get stuck in rain, and it wasn't problematic for my 271s, but I have to fiddle with the base of the connector in order to get sound to come out of both ear pieces, thus necessitating a replacement. Another big thing would be isolation. I use this when commuting, and there are a lot of noisy buses here, so I'd prefer being able to drown them out, without killing my ears.
Here's a list of brands that are available to me:
Jays (A and T)
MEElectronics (No A161s, but I've come across M6s and M9s)
I live in the Philippines, and so far these are the only brands I've been able to find. I actually have a pair of Klipsch S4s, but accidentally bought a fake pair. I'm not sure if I'm using the right term, but the bass is extremely overpowering, and the highs and mids are really weak, resulting in an extremely muddy sound; it's as if I'm listening through a wet blanket or a door. The original S4s are too expensive, so I'd prefer an alternative. They sell for 4500 Php, which is around 90 USD. I'd appreciate any and all suggestions, but would be more appreciative if you limited the brand to the list above. Thanks!
Edited by blackice89 - 1/7/12 at 4:29am