I am looking to purchase some new IEMs for flying. I'm not crazy about the idea of active noise cancellation, and I've heard that they don't work as well as sound isolating IEMs anyway. I currently own a pair of old Shure SE-115s with the "olive" foam tips. They work pretty well for sound isolation, but the tips are really worn out, and they don't sound good. I know I can buy replacement tips, but I am thinking about replacing the shures completely.
I don't care too much about sound quality, since these will mostly be used for traveling. I would like a pair of IEMs that sound good, but I am mainly concerned about isolation and comfort. I also want to stay below $100 ish. Also, I want to buy in-store. I'm not big on having to ship a product back for a return if I hate it.
Are the SE-215s a huge upgrade over my old 115s as far as sound quality is concerned? I know they created a new shape and cord design, which may increase comfort. I've heard great things about Ety's, but I really dislike rubber flange tips. One reason I like the 115s is that the cord goes over the ear, which helps them stay on.
I have a pair of sensaphonocs custom ear moulds for my flight headset, and I love them, so I may eventually invest in some for the next pair of IEMs I get.
Opinions would be greatly appreciated! Which IEM would you recommend (that can be bought in a big box store) that is comfortable and isolates well. Again, the "best" sound quality isn't what I'm concerned about, as I have other phones I use for that. Thanks!
Edited by CirrusPilot - 12/23/12 at 11:03am