I've been lurking for a fair while here, and have been in desperate search of some decent IEM's. What I was wondering is, what are peoples thoughts on the Etymotic hf5's? They seem to be the price range I am looking for, but I am concerned they may be a little lacking on the low end for some of the music I enjoy listening to.
I primarily listen to rock, alternative, metal, big band and ska type bands as well as some drum and bass/ jungle. In effect they basically need to cater for everything.
As for the earphones I've already tried, I found my first pair of decent phones, the sennheiser CX400's to be punchy with bass, but felt a little washed out with the mids and highs to me. I then tried Monster Jamz, which had terrible issues with build quality but were a bit more balanced with more defined than bloated bass. These were probably the ones I enjoyed sound-wise the most. However, after returning them twice for warranty the third pair still had bits ungluing, amongst other issues with cable strains. Being low on money the last few months, I've settled with some Logitech UE 200's which I managed to pick up for something like 25 dollars at dick smith. They sound okay to me, but only when using comply tips. I still find that they seem sound like the instruments are blending into each other though, and have terrible microphonics unless they are worn looping over the ear.
Are there any recommendations around the price range of the hf5's that would cater for all of my tastes? Or would the Etymotics suffice? I would love to hear anyones opinion, as it all helps me make a decision. I'm so indecisive!