I've been lookin around online for a new pair of in-ear headphones recently since my most recent pair blew out on me. This would be my first higher end in-ear purchase since all the ones i've had before were <$90, ranging from the old stock apple buds (disintegrated haha), to skullcandy 50/50s, to apple in-ears (stolen), to v-moda remix 4s and lastly the most recent (blown out ones) one which was a pair of skullcandys that were around $30. I've been generally disappointed with all of them, especially in the lows/bass (50/50s were the best for me out of the group), I did quite like the clarity of the apple in-ears though.
I listen to really every kind of music except techno, country, folk and heavy metal-esque music. My favorite and most listened to genre though has to be hip hop. So my question is what is the best pair of in-ear headphones for a Hip Hop head that are under/around $300?
Here's a quick selection of my hip hop music tastes:
Mos Def - History (prod. J Dilla), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Z8X_bgEpw
Nujabes - Feather, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5-2-jD-42Q
Statik Selektah - Night People, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf9WjAsUpYk
Jay-Z - Can I Live (prod. Irv Gotti), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC7MJ8l73SQ
Chali 2na - Don't Stop (prod. Emile Haynie), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICGkl0danKQ
Pete Rock - What You Waiting For, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X12SlQdfp8k
Common - Be (prod. Kanye West) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DQ-Ha1tRi4
As you can hear I'm a big fan of deep heavy drums and smooth but still prominent bass.
A few sets that have interested me are the Ultimate Ears 700, Monster Gratitude, Kipsch Image X7i, and the V-Moda Vibrato. I'm leaning towards the Gratitude but I'm afraid of how I might like the quality of it's lows since it's catered more towards "live music." Another pair that really interested me were the Monster Miles Davis Trumpets but I find them a little pricey seeing as they go for over $300 and I need complete assurance of it's quality for that price.
Oh and please provide links to your other recommendations if you can, thanks!
Edited by SanjitS95 - 11/16/12 at 9:18am