This is my first post here, I've been a long time reader but now I've got an issue that I hope you can help me with.
My earbuds have failed me a few weeks ago and I've been trying to do some research and see what I can buy that is fit for my listening needs, within the budget of £20-£25. I've looked at many reviews and checked out a lot of websites but I can't seem to find anything that is conclusive all-over, regarding quality and a good review score. Some places a pair of IEMs will get a 5 star rating and in other places it would get a 2 star. So I'm pretty conflicted. I'd like a pair of headphones that are pretty balanced, with a good mid-range sound, good with bass but without it taking over the other instruments. I usually listen to a lot of progressive rock, math rock, industrial, classical music, classic rock, but there's the odd pop/trance/dubstep song in there that I'd like to get the best out of. I use an enhanced HTC Sensation (by enhanced I mean I unlocked it and put a custom ROM which makes it a Sensation XE with a few more settings in regards to audio quality, EQ and so on). I previously owned a pair of CX300-II but they failed me after a couple of months, because I'm the active type and give my 'phones a lot of wear and tear. So generally, they all last a maximum of 5-6 months, and I'd like to get a pair that is a bit more resilient, without compromising sound quality.
I have found a couple of possible candidates but don't know which to choose. I know the Brainwavz Beta Mark 2 offer a great sound for their price range but I read that they're a bit flimsy when it comes to construction so I started looking in other places. I've got the option of a JVC HA-FX67, and I found a pair of Sennheiser CX-400 II for £20 on ebay, but I know there are numerous fakes out there so I'm a bit skeptical on those. I've also heard good things about the JVC HA-FX35, that they are a good budget buy, but I really want someone's opinion before buying them. I've tried searching for some Audio Technica, some budget Klipsch or some AKGs, but nothing popped out to really "wow" me. Some other possible options I found were DUNU Trident, althought they're a bit out of my price range, and Philips SHE3750.
So which one would you go for? I'm also interested in getting a pair of Comply Foam Tips for them, if you would say that the sound quality would be improved, or if it would make some of their cons disappear.
Sorry for the long post, if you have any recommendations of your own, please let me know, I'm open to anything, as long as they're in budget (or a bit over).
LATER EDIT: I forgot to mention I'm interested in something with low microphonics, because I'll be using them while jogging and that would be a pain in the backside.
Edited by jollyo55 - 9/10/12 at 3:42pm