Just found this forum - what a great resource. Done a fair amount of reading. The Concise Multi-IEM thread is fantastic. Using that and some other discussions as a reference I've got a few choices. Hoping to make the best first IEM choice based on my preferences.
I used to be an audiophile. I suppose I still am, but no longer have the room for a good system. So 90% of my listening is now done during my commute. I think I know what a good audio system sounds like. I have no idea how good IEMs sound. I listen to everything, but most listening will be jazz and classical. I want good bass, but not an abundance of it. I hate the overextended and booming bass. IEMs in the Analytical is likely where I'm going to fall, perhaps Balanced. I want cymbals to sound like cymbals, voices to sound accurate, and I want to hear fingers barely sliding across guitar strings if it's on the CD. I don't want so much high end that it's fatiguing, but a little brightness is fine. Accuracy is what I'm after.
I don't have an amp but would consider getting one. I'll start with IEMs only first. Being an audiophile, I expect to upgrade more than once. I can give the first (and 2nd) pair to the GF or trade/sell them.
Given all this, here's what I'm considering:
Brainwavz M5 (maybe - not sure it's with the rest)
Some people think the SE0s are competitive with the rest, some seem to think they're not close. The cost of entry with them is compelling, esp if my first pair is likely going to the GF anyway.
I know that's a lot to digest. Thoughts?