Originally Posted by rablakli
I listen to little of this and little of that....not ranked in any perticular order...
Argh! Burn him! Burn him to ashes!!!! I'm afraid I can't help you.
Of the earphones I've heard, the ones that stood out for rock music are:
Vsonic GR07 MKII - Awesome, and I mean awesome, guitar crunch and drums. Soundstage won't be as fulfilling as the others I'm about to mention though. However, this is my first choice for those artists...you probably won't find it in any airport store though.
Aurisonics ASG-1 v1.2 - RAW POWER, and the best soundstage I've heard in an iem. It's like you're in an orchestra hall, and your head is in the middle with sounds flying all around you. If you're a treble freak stay away, as it's a bit recessed. You won't find this in an airport store either, and the ASG-2 (a hybrid design with balanced armatures, and a dynamic driver) is on the horizon.
Hifiman RE272 - Beautiful mids and treble that work amazingly well with rock, but it's light on the bass. It will have more bass than you expect, but ultimately less than you want. Again, not available from an airport store (as far as I know).
Sennheiser IE8(0) - Rich sound, great soundstage that puts you in the arena if it's a live recording. I personally preferred the older IE8 to the newer IE80 (as the IE80 sounded grainy to me), but a lot of people seem to like the new one so you may be one of them. DEFINITELY available in airport stores, and you should be able to try it out. Expensive though.
JVC FXD80 - V shaped signature with great clarity. I don't usually recommend V-shaped stuff for rock because the mids are where the guitars and vocals live, but it's so damn clear that it makes up for it in spades. Probably not available in airports. WAY cheaper than the competition, and huge bang for buck factor.
Overall, these are the iems I would listen to rock with
Notable mentions: Westone W4 (didn't recommend because I've only spent 20 minutes with them), and UM3X (haven't personally heard, but I heard they're good at rock).