I am in the market of purchasing a new IEM, but am having a hard time on deciding. I have been reading reviews for a little over a week now, and still can't decide. I currently have the Klipsch S4i and the AKG K350. In a recent post, I had stated I liked the S4i a little better, but after more thought, it was the comfort of the S4i that I liked better, the sound of the AKG is a little clearer to me (less bass mud).
I am currently considering either the ADDIEM or the RE-Zero. I am interested in a more precise listening experience, rather than the bass-heavy listening I have done with the S4i. Not that the S4i is a bad headphone, it is getting great reviews and sounds decent, just a little too much bass for me.
I listen to all types of music, but mainly that of the classic rock genre, eg., I repurchased my favorite Pink Floyd remasters a couple weeks ago - I am a sucker for their Animals album.
My sources are an iPod Nano 5th gen, a Sansa Clip Zip, a laptop with a decent soundcard (not the best, but definitely not the worst), and am currently awaiting a Fiio e11. The majority of songs I have are 256 kbps VBR AAC, with a few Apple Lossless (the Pink Floyd I repurchased) and a few mix-bag mp3s with the lowest being 128 kbps and the highest 320 kbps. (Of course some of these files have been converted from mp3 to aac and sound like crap, didn't know I shouldn't have done that, but the damage has been done years ago and I have no way of re-ripping the CDs as I had sold them). I also have an iPhone 4s, but do not plan on loading that up with music so much, as I have two other players that get the job done.
So between the Apple Dual Driver In Ears, or the RE-Zero (have also thought about the RE0 and the RE262), what would be the better choice for my setup? Or for that matter, what IEM is recommended for less than $150, as that is the most my budget will let me spend? The Apple controls are a convenience, not a must.