This is my first time posting but I've been reading this forum for a while. The past few years I've only used "lower-end" IEMs -- first Shure e2c's, then Klipsch image s4's, and now currently using Zagg buds. I really love listening to music and my Zagg buds are starting to go out on me, so I wanted to invest a little bit more money and get something nicer. I originally looked at some full headphones, and was close to buying the Sennheiser HD-598s, but realized that I do most of my listening on-the-go now, and a huge, open set of headphones is not what I needed.
Long story short, after a few months of research and a lot of reading on this forum, I basically narrowed my choices down to 2 IEMs: EarSonics SM3 v2 and Sennheiser IE80. I'm personally a huge bass-head, and really wanted a pair of IEMs that gave me deep, booming bass, even if it sacrifices a bit of detail or quality. Although I had read that the SM3's didn't have the booming bass of some of the other high-end IEMs, the reviews were so fantastic that I decided to get them first. I've had them for a few weeks now, and I will say the detail and sound quality is pretty amazing. However, I just found the bass to be completely lacking, so about a week ago I bought the Sennheiser IE80's as well (with the intent to return one of them). The bass was definitely better, but just not what I imagined. I've read about people saying the bass was too much, but with the bass tuned all the way up on the headphones and with the stock tips replaced with comply tips to get a better seal, it still doesn't even feel sufficient. To be quite honest, the bass from my Zagg buds sounds more powerful than both of them.
So here I am now, with all 3 sets in front of me, trying to figure out what to do. I don't want to go back to the Zaggs and have nothing to replace them, but I also don't want to spend $300 for a set of IEMs that doesn't sound like a pretty big upgrade from what I have before. So what should I do? Is there another pair with heavier bass (turbine pro coppers? westone 4? fx700?)? Should I give them time to burn in?
(Side note: I'm not using an amp for any of these. I've tested them on my desktop/laptop, iPod, phone, etc., and it's been pretty much the same everywhere).
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Edited by nmcdgt - 1/12/13 at 1:05pm