I'm on the hunt for a new IEM, and prefer to have just one set which is both jack of, and master of, all trades. I love the sound of Audeze's because they combine warmth/body with resolution, and are full range (ok, maybe a touch less so on top). They are very coherent, and do instrumental timbres well IMHO. I use a Cowon X7, a Hifiman801. Also, I've been doing some listening with my new Galaxy S3, which is warm-ish, but sounds better than it has any right to, and even better still with an OTG cable and an HRT Headstreamer.....I listen to acoustic and electric jazz, 60s-70's rock and progressive, Zappa, King Crimson, Miles, but also listen to Slipknot and Primus type stuff on occasion. I'm tough to please, don't EQ, and want accurate timbre and tonality first, dynamics are a close second, tonal balance third, and the soundstage/image stuff only if it does the other stuff right.
What universal iem does this remind you of - as in, what should i seek out for portable listening? What, based on first-hand (ear?) experience would you say fits the conditions listed above. Please don't guess or repeat hear-say. I want great sound, but would like to keep it under $600, and really do want to stay universal at this point, but maybe with custom tips at some point..
thanks for reading this and commenting/offering suggestions.