Hello to all. I read reviews here regularly and am always impressed with the resident expertise here. I would very, very much appreciate your thoughts on helping me find "just the right" IEM. I own about five pairs - I like the search - and just recently rediscovered my Nu-Force NE-6s. I hadn't remembered liking them so much, but it seems like of all the pairs I have, they are closest to what I am looking for.
I should preface the next comments by noting that while I do enjoy searching for and reading about IEMs, I am not an audiophile by any means. I generally "get" the idiom but I don't pretend to have the knowledge and understanding of the regulars on this forum. So please excuse me if my description of what I am looking for is imprecise, or not as well stated as it could be.
The short description is that I'm looking for something like the NE-6, just better all around. More specifically, I am looking for:
- An IEM with a "warm" presentation, that is easy on the ears, but does not sacrifice detail at the higher end. With the NE-6s, I feel like I could listen to them all day, without an equalizer. With neutral IEMs, I always end up equalizing them to give them dynamism, which I guess defeats the purpose. However, the NE-6s could use a little more detail at the higher end.
- An IEM with the "oomph" I get with the NE-6s, I am not referring to the bass here so much, but just the overall full sound that is very clean, and powerful, and all the instrumentation sounds fully in synch, and punchy.
- An IEM with strong, but not overly pronounced, bass. Example: If I put on Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up," I want to hear and feel the bass; but I don't - repeat don't - want to be overwhelmed by it. I'm not a basshead! But I do like to know it's there.
- An IEM that is under $100.00. I don't have the budget for more than that.
Based on what I've read here, there are a few I'm considering. The NE-770 or 700s seem like contenders, but I'm not sure which would be better for me (why not stick with what I know and like?). Also considering the V-Sonic GR06 based on what I've read here. I have tried the RE-Zeros but for some reason they don't resonate with me like they do with most of you here - but I'm still trying. I'm also considering the Shure's. I want to emphasize, in no way am I limited to this list. Certainly there are others I am missing, or not aware of.
So thanks in advance, and I will highly value your recommendations and thoughts.
Edited by MrMonte - 3/8/13 at 2:01pm