I've been looking through Joker's and ClieOS' reviews for several days now, but every time I latch onto a pair of IEMs, no matter how hard I try and believe they are "the ones," I always manage to be convinced otherwise by price, bass-emphasis, defects, availability, or general dislike among the community for them.
For example, I was interested in Brainwavz B2, but it is out of my budget and the M4 I heard was bass-emphasized. I looked into UE 600s, but UE 700s were more analytical.. unfortunately the 90-angle jack was prone to rupture, so build quality wasn't there, bummer because I was willing to possibly shell out $120 for their SQ. I liked the HifiMan RE0 but heard bad things about durability, and reliability from the Amazon seller. I was highly interested in Etymotic Research, however I fear for the questionable comfort (deep insertion). I liked the Hippo Shrooms however I could not find any reputable dealers. I liked the VSonic GR07 but like the Brainwavz B2 they were out of my budget, and like the M4 the GR06 was more bass emphasized. I liked Soundmagic E30s but they were over-the-ear designs. I've heard good things about Fischer audio and Sunrise (Xcited), but they aren't offered by Amazon, and I haven't researched too much into them. I think I might just end up with $35 Apple IEMs.. *sad face*
I'm looking for clear, crisp, detailed treble highs, capable mids, soundstage. I also want comfort (straight down, NOT over the ear) and build quality (durability, no monitor failures or cable fragility). I don't care for bass. My budget is $100, preferably less, however I am willing to compromise for increases in sound quality.
Any input is highly appreciated! :)