First, Hello everyone, my first post here, I have been reading/researching these forums for weeks now and my head is seriously going to explode from the amount of info. I've been taking in. I had no idea there were so many high quality IEM's to choose from and even less idea what I was getting myself into. Either way I'm happy to be here, and happy to find such a helpful community.
I am a musician, I'm quite picky about guitar and drums. I like a good clear, crisp and natural sound. I like bass to be tight, powerful, precise, deep and punching but def. not overbearing or bloated (think fast double bass kicking).. mids I am undecided on, I think I have a very slight v shaped frequency preference (the metal head in me) so I'm thinking not to bright or overly forward on the mids but clear, and open. The top end of the frequency I am concerned about because I love screaming guitar solo's, cymbal crashes, violin, and it's got to be clear and not piercing or sibilant (as I hear it described) and able to extend to the upper extremes well. I also am willing to spend up to around 200 dollars for a great pair but I'd like to keep it around 150 or under. So being a musician I love all kinds of music, I'm not only into metal, I will be listening to classical, acoustic guitar, blues, reggae, rock, old school rap, I like a bit of it all. So versatility is key. Also it's my first set so I am concerned about everything I've been reading about comfort, fit, isolation, and durability. I guess I'm just looking for the overall best pair that can do a bit of everything well.
After all my research I have narrowed it down to these sets.. the GR07, GR01, DBA-02, ATH CKM500, FXT90, EPH-100 and RE-262.
I welcome your votes, opinions and a brief explain of why you prefer yours over the others or why you think they may be the right phones. I am new so I may have missed a really great set I just haven't heard of yet (OMG that would mean more research lol) but please enlighten me if so. I want to pull the trigger soon as I have a Cowon Z2 on the way (hope that isn 't a mistake). The one with the most votes I am going to pull the trigger on so may the best IEM win. Thank you in advance to everyone that contributes.