May I ask for a comparison between the Brainwavs M2 and R1?
I am looking to get IEMs in their price range or slightly more ( up to UM1's price, but trying to keep it as low as possible) that has a more natural sound to it to replace my dying Soundmagic MP21. Hence the decision to stay away from BAs and go for dynamic drivers. I used to own UM2s and Livewires Duals, which I feel suited my musical taste with the warm and smoother sound. The Liverwires were a little too edgy while the UM2s were laid-back which I liked but the bass felt a little weird, perhaps a little unnatural. I seek a smoother type of sound, with more emphasis on mids and bass. Sibilance is a no-no, but treble extension is definitely welcome but I doubt at my price range I can get something that full-ranged. I like forward, clear mids, with laid-back treble to reduce listening fatigue on-the-go.
Still, the most important factors to me are comfort and isolation which is why I find it difficult to find suitable dynamic driver earphones due to their general lack of isolation. I find the isolation level of the Westone universals adequate, so I hope to get something to that level or just slightly less for everyday use in commute (until I get my next set of CIEMs - I lost my Liverwires...). Comfort-wise I am fine with almost any kind of eartips, shallow or deep, though I would prefer not to use foam tips. Over-the-ears or straight-down is fine for me.
I listen mostly to rock and roll, some blues-rock, eg. Oasis, Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, John Mayer, Kasabian, and some J-Rock.
The reason I chose the R1 is because of the dual dynamic driver configuration seems to be interesting while the over-the-ear design keeps things familiar, and hopefully with a good fit I can get good isolation. There is just not enough reviews to go around for the R1. The M2 I chose as I think the sound signature suits my taste based purely on reviews, and from pictures the build quality looks great especially the stiffer wires which I kind of like.
Which of these two would you recommend? If you have some, what are other recommendations besides these? I use my phone for mobile listening, and considering getting a small player like the Sansa Clip in future. Sorry for the long post! Thanks!