This is my first post on head-if, hello Everyone! I have been reading a lot on the forum, but now I come to you all with a question as to which you all woud think is the best solution for me.
I would like a setup for international airplane travel that provides the best sound quality possible with passive noise cancellation (Bose QC15 sound like crap to me and I can't stand their pressure on the ears). Currently my home office setup are two Audioengine A5 bookshelf speakers with built in Amps connected to a creative sound card on my desktop and I love the sound of those. If I could recreate that clarity and tight bass for my electronica, indie rock, and hip hop music for the airplane I would be in heaven.
From what I have read a custom IEM is going to provide the best sound isolation, best SQ, and best comfort for me in this setup. I went and tried a demo of JH audio for a few hours of the JH13Pro and JH16 and I liked them. These were universal versions however and I know the sound will change once I get the custom molds. I liked the bass response on the JH13 Pro, but I also liked the oomph of bass on the JH16 but on some songs I thought it was a bit much, and I would probably be fatigued by the 16s if I got them. The controllable bass of the JH-3a setup would be best, but I'm not willing to carry that amp and once the 8hr battery dies on my flight I'd have to go back to my DAP and that's another $65 cable I'd have to buy to connect the JH-3a to my DAP. Not a very pretty solution.
The other thing I didn't like about the JH13 setup was that I couldn't listen to the music loud. I found the sweet spot with my iPhone was right at 75% volume level. Everything sounds AMAZING at this level. Detail, bass, etc, etc. but I'm the type of person who likes to listen to their music loud but have it be comfortable for my ear at the same time. I found that when I turned it up to 80 or 90% my ears would hurt and the high-er mids on some songs would almost sound distorted because they were so hurting loud. Not fun loud. Is this because I was playing my music through my iPhone? I also had a demo of the Shure SE215 (I know, completely different types of IEMs and different classes) but I found those fun to be played loud. Without hurting my ears and not giving me that metallic over boosted high mids/vocals during the song that was unpleasant to my ears and hurting. Why is that?
I am willing to carry a second portable device in addition to my iPhone but it must not be bigger than being able to fit in my pocket. I was thinking the sandisk clip+ would be a good choice. The Fostex HP-P1 might be a bit too big for me to carry, and the 8hr battery doesn't fit my requirement for international flights that are 14hr+.
So after researching IEMs it looks like the next higher end model is the Fitear 334. But comfort is a huge factor for me and it looks like these are only available as a universal fit in the USA. If you had your choice of JH13Pro custom or Fitear 334 universal which would you choose? Are the fitears just as comfortable as a set of JH13Pro's?
Is there a way to get an MH334 custom in the USA? I am going to be in Hong Kong in December, is it possible to get them there?
What setup would you get if you were me? FitEar togo 334 vs JH13Pro custom? I really disliked the pressure on my ear that i had with the Shure 215 even with the smallest tips on. Right now I am leaning towards a very nice DAP and doing whatever I can to get my hands on a custom MH334 setup. I want to buy this setup and have it last me for 10years and not regret my $2k decision. Thoughts? I appreciate everyone's advice. Thanks,