First a list of headphones and IEMs I have owned.
Audio Technica A900 (loved it, my first full size headphones, using it right now)
Denon D7000 (really really loved it, but for some reason hasn't seen much use)
Beyerdynamic DT 990 (don't like it, don't know why, everything sounds recessed)
Shure SE215 (first $100+ audio equipment purchase, loved it, it was miles better than anything I had before)
Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 (The best in-ears I have ever listened to, I haven't listened to much, but this is my reference for everything, gave it to my brother)
Klipsch S4 (replacement for the UEs, but did not like it much, better than the Shures, but did not like it all that much)
Sony XBA 3 (found them to be a little flat, did not like them much, thought they would be like the UEs, but they weren't)
iPod connected to a Fiio E7 for portable (looking to upgrade one of these days to a HP-P1) (Tried to like other DAPs, but just couldn't, I like the feel of iPods too much)
Shciit Bifrost to a Schiit Lyr for desktop
Type of Music I Listen To
Trance, Dubstep, DnB, Liquid DnB (50%)
Rock, Alt Rock, Indie Rock (40%)
Don't know genre, a mix of everything else (10%)
Quality of Music Files
Everything at least 320kbps
25%-30% of collection in FLAC
List of CIEMS That Interest Me
Jerry Harvey Audio JH16 Pro
Heir Audio 8.A
Unique Melody Miracle/Merlin
I do not like flat analytical sounds. I know everyone is usually on the quest for the most neutral sound, I do not like it. I really like "fun" sounds. And I really like my bass. Not so much that it overpowers everything else, I just like its presence. I do not like boomy or flabby bass though, it needs control. I do not like bright (which I take to mean sibilance) sounds. It hurts my ears, and does thing funny thing in the front of my head. A feeling that I do not like. As I have stated, I absolutely loved the UE TripleFi 10s, they sound amazing to me. I thought it had great bass. I understand that my exposure to all things audio is extremely low, and my understanding of these things is even lower. That is why I am asking for your help in figuring out what would be the best choice for me. I am looking for guidelines.
I would love to try out any of these customs that I have been looking at, but I do not know of any shop or place here where I can try them out. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for reading all of this.
Did I miss any CIEMs I should be looking at?
Edited by Azsamael - 4/17/13 at 10:50pm