I've been spending the past 5 hours reading up on IEMs and browsing various recommendation threads on this forum, but now I'm in a dilemma... hence this thread.
I'm looking for a good-quality IEM in around the ~$150 range, which I will be using outside and in travel. So, isolation and comfort are pretty important to me.
When it comes to sound signature, I believe I'm more of a mid-to-bass head. I like midrange focus because of the way it brings out instruments in orchestral works, but I barely ever listen to vocals. Bass is good as long as it isn't stronger than the mids.
I currently own the KOSS Pro DJ100 and am enjoying their sound signature very much. I decided to look for IEMs with a similar signature, so naturally, my first glance fell upon the HiFiMan RE262 as they seemed to get a lot of praise on these forums. I had almost decided that they were the perfect pick, but then I noticed the impedance, and along with that read some opinions which suggested that their sound signature might only make them good for a specific set of genres.
Now, if I only listened to classical, that wouldn't be a problem. But my music preferences are slightly all over the place; they can be mostly summed up by a mix of orchestral, electronic and ambient. Here are a few examples; will the 282 perform well with these types of music?
- Electronic/New Age: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thCuy2jLHkQ, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq5_rIwGDwM
- Orchestral: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKp3y6363vI
- Bassy and airy ambient: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOgD0OgFEzA
- Choral vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4SKrGYMp7A&feature=related
Anyways, this question made me lean towards more neutral headphones (which I also enjoy), and I have considered the VSonic GR07... however, I have heard that they have a treble spike, and those I find hard to tolerate.
So, to sum it up, I need a recommendation on a pair of neutral or midhead phones around $150 and, preferably, easy to drive.
Thanks in advance,