First post, I hate first post, plus there isn't really a sub-forum suited to it, because it spans both IEM and full size ones.
Fisrtly I'm decent hifi aware, in the past when I had more time, I had decent HIFI, Linn/naim/tannoy etc.
But it all went, not sure why to be honest. But now to headphones.
I get the different reasoning between on ear, over ear and open/closed. And kinda between IEM's
My wife uses IEM for perhaps 6 hours a week in two sessions and I bought her with some help and advice, UE Triple Fi 10's and they sound stunning - I've had a crafty listen.
For me IEM get a bit uncomfortable after a while - I just have cheaper soundmagic, but they are still good. I've tried the Comply tips and my wife swears by them AND yes a big improvement, but still a niggling fault for me possibly.
So to my issue. her UE's have given me the bug, I want better ones, but probably not IEM's But when I look, there seems a way bigger IEM range and many manufacturers seem to only do IEM's like Etymotec, UE (until recently) or have a larger proportion of IEM models, and a lot of normal headphones are from the older traditional manufacturers I knew from the past when I was a kid like AKG, Grado etc.
It kind of sounds to me like a lot of new development and ideas are coming from IEM markets. I could be wrong, it just feels like IEM's are where new developement is and it's the area I think I'm less interested in. Am I right? are IEM's the way to go?
I'm not an overly lover of pounding bass, prefer fast detailed and energetic with enough bass to be engaging. I used to like BBC ls3/5a and Linn Kan speakers although they were a tad bass light.
I like the UE IEM of the wife's for the replaceable cable if they damage, is this a feature of many phones? I'd like it if I can.
I'm thinking open back phones (but am bothered I'm missing the IEM point), but need some ideas as I live in the lakes, and it will be a bit of travelling to try stuff so need a bit of a kick start.
Between £100-£200 probably. closer to £200 wont hurt, but over it and the wife probably will ;-)
thats it, done!