I ordered a Fiio E11 amp to use with a LOD cable from my iPod Touch 4th gen since I'm finally trying to get a good portable rig going. I currently use Panasonic Ergofit (not sure exactly which model) in-ear headphones unamped and the sound quality is great for the price, but I'm looking for better, much better.
My current at-home headphones and related equipment:
- Creative X-Fi HD USB
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50S (straight cable)
I bought the M50s for listening at home, and to run events at my high school (I'm a sound technician). I love the sound of my ATH-M50s, and I'd like IEMs that sound very similar to them if possible. I'm 16 and listen to oldies, alternative rock, and electronic music.
What I listen to (favorites marked with *):
- Alexisonfire *
- Artie Shaw *
- The Beatles (only some songs)
- Benny Goodman *
- deadmau5 (I like calm songs like Strobe the most) *
- C418 *
- George Gershwin *
- Glenn Miller *
- The Naked And Famous
- Of Monsters And Men
- Paramore *
- Tommy James & The Shondells *
- Woody Herman *
Almost all of my songs on my iPod are MP3 320 CBR. When I'm at home, I listen to FLAC. When I buy music (I'm not suggesting I ever "borrow" it from online :P), I buy CDs usually from HMV. I'll never understand why people are willing to pay Apple for lossy music when you can get lossless (CDs) for the same price.
I don't want IEMs with a lot of bass, just a very well-balanced sound with clear highs and mids. The only time I like a lot of bass is with my Onkyo TX-NR609 at home when I occasionally listen to dubstep, and when I do, I adjust the sub levels per-song. I'm new to head-fi and I'm not sure what exactly all terms mean, but I think overall I like analytical sound more than warm. I like to hear every part of the music clearly separated. I often listen to music for 5 or more hours per day. Sometimes I just concentrate on the music and don't do anything else, and other times I read things online or play video games.