I want to buy my Fiance a new pair of IEM's, as she HATES full sized headphones. I was flat broke on her birthday, and I couldn't do much for her. I feel bad and want to make it up to her.
I would like to find her something with some good clarity overall, with some strong low end punch, and clean, non-painful highs and vocals, that do not need amplification, and can be driven from her phone (a galaxy S3).
She would probably be using them frequently, and carrying them with her on-campus. This means they will need to be somewhat durable (she's generally responsible, but things happen. Just not made of glass), and comfortable.
She listens to lots of techno, drum and bass type music (Think Benny Benassi), a few various hits, some Tori Amos (Piano, classical instruments, varying volume female vocals) and music with a combination of these things and Female Vocals.
What fits the bill here?
What are my options at different price ranges?
She is coming off a pair of Sennheiser CX500's.
Like to look at 250 USD and under? (Preferably under, but value-for-money is main factor)
Thanks in advance for all useful advice!