After having enjoyed my sennheiser ie8's for two years, I think it is time for something new.
I had a love/hate relationship with the IE8's, sometimes they sounded like crap considering the fact that the bass is quite muddy, mids are recessed and the highs are not really sparkling. On the other hand, I really love their 'thick' sound, huge sound stage, superb build quality, smooth highs and (even tough it;s muddy) 'big bass'.
Getting to the point, bearing in mind that I haven't monitored the whole IEM business for the past two years, I would like to ask for some advice.
What I'm looking for (with the IE8 as reference point)
- similar build quality
-Highs: just as smooth as the IE8 but with a tad more presence and clarity. (not much more, just a bit)
-Mids: A bit less recessed.
-Bass: A decent amount of sub bass (more than the IE8), a tad less mid bass than the IE8 and better impact. --> overall less muddy.
-Soundstage: identical to the IE8 if possible.
-Pricing: <€200, cheaper is better.
The genres i'm listening to vary quite a lot. I usually listen to 80's but also progressive house and some hiphop.