New poster here looking to benefit from the extensive knowledge here...
I'm looking for a new iem. From ljokerl's extensive list it seems that Etymotic HF2 should be good for me, but before I pull the trigger I would like to hear if there is a different pair that's better suited for my needs.
For reference, I have a pair of Shure SCL2's which I'm happy with sound-wise, but as that is the only pair of iem's I've known, I'm not implying that I prefer that sound over any other. I do appreciate the bass to give the music more body, but I wouldn't want the bass to be any stronger than it already is with the SCL2's. I like definition in the sounds to hear all the components. I don't know if SCL2's are considered deep or shallow, but the foam tips have been comfortable in my ears. They are a nuisance if I need to repeatedly remove them to talk to someone and so I use the rubber ball-type tips which don't tend to stay inserted (especially if I'm chewing). I think the triple flange should probably be a good a good compromise but since I haven't found any that fit SCL2's, that's just speculation at this point. I do prefer wearing them around the ear instead of straight down so I can let them hang in place if I need to take them off and do so without pulling the wire if it's running inside my jacket. So any iems that must be worn straight down is less desirable.
Other aspects I'm looking for:
- The best sound isolation possible to cut out as much of the traffic noise as possible when outside and double as earplugs on an airplane.
- I am also looking for an integrated microphone. I listen to music on my phone and being able answer a call without pulling the iems out is desirable. It's an Android phone, so the answer call button would need to work on Android phones. Rumour has it that the volume buttons would be ignored by my phone, so with or without those makes no difference.
- The 3.5mm jack itself must be slim. The bumper around my phone only has a cutout twice the diameter of the jack itself. That means my SCL2s won't even plug in! (Unless I take a knife to them - not something to do to a new pair under warranty).
- I don't like the straight plug. Aside from more difficult removal, it's also prone to more damage when the phone is in a pocket. 90° is good. The hockey stick I see on some should also be good.
Budget: sub $200.
Thanks in advance!