? What's up with my opinion? I listen to metal, so what's the problem - how many other people do you know who own both and told you that the VSD1S is not good for metal while the VSD1 is a completely different sounding iem that sounds awesome with metal? The chance there is someone else with the opinion that slightly more mid-bass, slightly more laid back mids and very slightly more boosted treble, suddenly makes the VSD1 completely different and so much better with metal is very slim. Most likely if someone doesn't likely the VSD1S, he should look for a different iem unless it's really those very small differences that completely ruin his experience.
Yes. Look at the KEF M200, but that's a bit more spendy, so maybe the AT-IM50?? They seem to be getting quite a bit of hype for a $60-70 IEM.