I owned the HD650 for about 2 years now but iv decided to go for a more portable approach to my music. i originally decided to go with the westone 4 mostly cause the pair i picked up were only $300. at first i thought they were very muddy sounding but they started growing on me. i loved the clarity of them over the HD650s but i really missed the bass and the sound stage they provided. the HD650s mad me feel like is was sitting 30 rows back in a theater, but the westones Made it feel more like 4 rows. Iv decided to sell them and hopefully pick up a used pair of ex1000 or IE80/8. I'm open to other IEM's and even customs but my budget is limited to $350 (why im going used). the music i listen to is metal core, rock and classical. I'm really looking for an IEM that has the clarity and balance of the westone 4 but the bass and sound stage of the Sennheisers and from what iv read the IE8/80 and ex1000 are my best options.
now I'm leaning more towards the Sony's but I'm unsure if they have the sound stage I'm looking for or will work best with my genre of music. I know there are a lot of fake IE 8/80s out there too so id rather not have to deal with that. also what are the differences between the IE8 and the IE80? is it really worth the extra investment? And are there any tips that provide better isolation than the stock? i know both of these IEM's are lacking in that department