I am looking for my first pair of actual earphones. Almost anything will be better than what I'm used to (stock apple iPhone). If someone could recommend me a pair to start with based on the following I will be very grateful.
Use- All the time on the train and in a big city, but also in quiet places like a university library. For this reason it is important that people can't hear my music from the outside.
Genre- Hip-Hop and Rap mostly, also popular hits on the radio and a very little bit of house
Cost- I am very frugal (read: I am a cheapass), so the cheaper the better, MAX $100 and this is even stretching it... more like $50 would be nice.
Microphone- I like to use the phone a lot when I am walking. It usually takes me about 20 minutes to walk to and from campus, so I need a good microphone for that, one that can pick up my voice well enough and can control calls, music skipping, stopping, etc.
I also want to say I've never really tried IEMs and would be open to it, but I would not like it if prevents me from hearing someone near me call my name like I have seen people wearing high-end earphones experience. They are oblivious to their surroundings and I can't have that at times when I am walking and need to be semi-alert of my surroundings.
Thank you so much in advance. I am completely lost looking at different models online.