Greetings, I've been a member of this forum for quite a while but rarely contribute. Until recently I've been more of a vinyl guy and spend my time in those forums. I'm in the military and have a deployment to Afghanistan coming up which has forced me to get into pc audio and headphones. I have to tell you I am having a blast. I'm a bit of a tech junky and this is a whole new world of gadgets to learn about and play with. I've done quite a bit of research on this forum and others and am very well prepared. Thanks to all of you who post here because it was an invaluable source of info. I have one final option to consider which is kind of unique and is why I am starting a new thread rather than reviewing old ones.
I bought a pair of Atrio M8 iems back in 2007 to use for travel. They have held up great and I love them for their base. They are great for watching movies, its like having a subwoofer in your head. I bought a pair of Etymotic HF2s as back up and really fell in love with their sq. I got the custom molds and they are unbeatable for noise cancellation. They were too good and I don't think I could be satisfied with the Atrios if the etymotics were to fail. I don't have many other hobbies and am frugal in every other aspect of my life so I don't feel too bad about having a 3rd back up. I have to say as much as I like them they are not completely satisfying, although extremely close. If I could get the etymotics with a bit more flesh I think I would be totally satisfied. So here is my situation
-I don't need subwoofer base, I have the Atrio M8s
-I don't need noise cancellation, I have the etymotics
-I'm not concerned with micro phonics because the etymotics AND the Atrios are really outstanding in that category
-I want the best pair of IEMs in the ~$200 range give or take a bunch. I'm not hard pressed for budget but I can't go crazy. I want them for the rare but ideal moments when I can really sit down and listen to music and not be concerned about build quality or micro phonics or subwoofer base etc... I have those bases covered.
I am leaning towards what I am sure is obvious to most of you: the VSONIC GR07, Fischer DBA-02, Hifiman re 262 or 272. I am sort of considering etymotic er-4s because they could benefit from the custom ear molds I had made for the hf2s, but I read that although they are better than the hf2s they are not $270 better. I am way open to suggestions outside of that list and would appreciate even recommended sellers.
I listen to everything (not as big into rap but not a hater), I use iTunes and have a HRT Headstreamer as my dac/amp combo. I also have the HRT Music streamer II+ and a DIY altoids style head amp that is set for high gain originally used with sennheiser hd 600s. I am not planning on brining the hd600s with me though.
Thanks for your time and thanks for the help you have already given me. Like I said, this has really been fun.