This is obviously my first post, and I've always thought it to be poor form to simply lead off with a question. Although I'll get to that in a minute, I'd first like to thank all of you who make contributions and share your knowledge on this wonderful forum. I'm by no means a serious audiophile, but I do appreciate great music when I hear it. So, lurking in the background for weeks, I've come to appreciate your knowledge and willingness in taking the time to share it for the benefit of all. Myself included.
I originally came across this forum during my search for a new pair of IEM's. I had a set of Etymotic ER-6i's that I bought years ago, but when I had some quiet time to listen to some music a few weeks ago, I realized they weren't working and needed to be replaced. The left side simply gave out.
Again, I'm a long shot from being a true blue audiophile. However, I do try to give my best effort at researching those things that I enjoy and use frequently During my reading, I somewhat isolated my replacement set to the following: Etymotic HF5, the Rock-It R-50, and the HiFiMan RE-262.
For what ever reason, the reviews regarding the HF5's weren't quite as glowing as the other two. Perhaps they were too sterile and analytical for those providing the reviews, although that's not to say they were looked down upon. So, I've somewhat narrowed my options down to the RE-262 and the R-50. The soundstage effect that these both seemingly have is intriguing, and I'd rather not have "boring".
I'm not a bass head, so thunderous thumps isn't what I'm after. I'm simply after something very pleasing, easy to listen to, and a step above the ER6i's they're replacing. I'll be using an iPod Classic for the source most of the time, and I'll also be ordering a FiiO E-11 at the same time I order the IEM's. My taste in music completely depends on my mood. I can listen to anything from Jazz to Led Zeppelin (and other classic rock) and anything from various Indie bands to Joe Bonamassa (an absolute favorite of mine).
If anyone is compelled to persuade me in one direction or the other between the RE262 and the R-50, I'd love to hear it and thank you in advance. I suppose keeping the HF5's in the mix is fine since I included them originally, but keeping it narrowed to these three for the sake of simplicity would be appreciated.
Thanks again to everyone here who makes this forum great!