First, thank you all for your help in choosing a set of full sized earphones. I started with some cheap Coby's with 40 mm drivers to get an idea of what I wanted in a full sized over the ear set of cans. Feels weird using "cans" since I know so little about headphones and audio equipment in general. In any event, I next went to the Panasonic RP-HTX7. These are the $30 retro cans with 40mm drivers. I liked that they fit over my ears, and they definitely had a better sound than the Coby's but they were lacking down low (guess I'm a basshead). I was a little discouraged since the RP-HTX7's were reviewed quite highly on CNET and Amazon. I feared I may have to spend upwards of $100 to satisfy my decidedly non-audiophile tastes. I didn't think it fair that I'd have to shell out big money for decent sound since I can't tell the difference between a FLAC and a typical MP3/MP4.
Enter Head Fi. You guys/gals rock. I decided on the Monoprice 8323 as my full sized set of cans. From what I read here, the Panasonic RP-HTF600's or even the JVC HARX 700 likely provide a better sound for my tastes and more comfort at a similar price point, but I am still elated with my purchase. The 8323's are more practical, given their detachable cord, folding capability, and the ability to customize with Kicker HP541 decals. I am literally happier because I found this set of cans. All of my favorite albums sound new to me. Thanks again.
I am definitely getting a pair of the Monoprice 8320's, but I want one more pair of IEM's for on the go. The 8320's seem bulky and have a cord that is prone to tangling, so they wouldn't be ideal as my daily commuter set.
Music I listen to:
Classic Rock (Zeppelin, Stones)
Hip Hop (Jay-Z, Talib Kwali)
Blues ( new Tedeschi/Trucks, classic Freddy King, John Lee Hooker)
Singer Songwriters (Morrison, Dylan, Young, Carole King)
I'd prefer IEM's that were more "V shaped". Comfort and convenience are important to me for on the go...almost as much as SQ. I'd like a tangle resistant cord and a relatively low profile (not sticking out of my ears too much). I'd like in line volume control as well. I'd like all of this for less than what I paid for my amazing (imo) 8323's ($28). I am certainly willing to compromise, and used is an option as well. I know that there are many many threads on the best IEM under 30 bucks, but I was looking for a little more specific help if possible. Thanks for reading. Even if nobody responds to this, I am still very grateful for the help I have already received from this forum. Keep it up, us lurkers really appreciate it.