I am fairly new at posting to Head.fi, but I have been reading reviews on the site for a little over a year. I have some health issues and am not always able to do the physical things I used to be able to do with my 16 year old son, so I began to look for things we could enjoy together. One day he bought some Beats with his Christmas money and wanted to compare them to my Bose IE2's. To make a long story much shorter, the Beats are gone, but he and I now collect various headphones and IEM's and I am about to make another purchase and I need some help. I currently still have the IE2's and Ath-M50's (because they were so highly rated by so many at head.fi), while he has V-Moda LP2's, Klipsch x10's, Klipsch x7i's and he even bought his sisters V-Moda and Klipsh IEM's this past Christmas.
My son will often walk around with his V-Moda's wrapped around his neck and looks cool doing so, while his father would walk around with Ath-M50's around his neck and look like a total creeper. I think IEM's wold be a much safer bet.
I really want to get some more exciting IEM's, next month and I had narrowed it down to three:
Westone 2 (or 3)
I listen to a lot of different music including Vintage Rock (Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan), Mowtown/R&B (Stevie Wonder, Flo Rida) Acoustic/Soft Rock (Ed Sheeran, The Script, The Fray), Rock/Pop/Country (Coldplay, O.A.R., The Band Perry). Christian (Lecrae, TobyMac, Needtobreath) and since my 16 year old is my oldest, I also listen with my younger girls to New Direction (Ugg), Justin Bieber (Double Ugg) and Taylor Swift and my son is into Dubbstep (Deadmau5, Skrillex).
Besides a really broad sound stage, it is really important to get comfortable IEM's as I spend time in the hospital for tests fairly frequently. Now I really enjoy the Audio Technica sound stage as it is well suited for the music I listen to, but I find that they get uncomfortable after lengthy wearing (I did order DT770 replacement pads, which are on back order.) I also like some base, not overpowering like my son enjoys, but enough base so the music is fun. (Have you ever listened to Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) by Sly and the Family Stone with no bass? Not pretty.) So after lengthy review of the very detailed views from some of the more l IEM comparison posts I whittled my choices down to the 3 I listed above. I think each of them would cover the type of music I enjoy, so I think any one who has expeirence with these maybe could coach me along.
Lord, I hope I am posting this to the right place.