I'm considering making the leap into the CIEM world. I've gotten a little overwhelmed as I done research on what model purchase.
So far, in my budget (<$450) I've come across 3 different CIEM's I'm considering:
2. 1964 Ears V3
3. Heir Audio 3.A
I initially found the JH5's but, after reading the reviews, I'm worried about sibilance on vocals and lackluster bass response. That said, the long standing reputation and build quality is attractive. The 1964 Ears V3's and Heir 3.A's sound like they don't have either of the drawbacks mentioned above but that sound may be a bit too warm, small, and lacking in clarity and separation on the high end.
A little background on my preferences: Until delving into the CIEM world I would have considered myself an "audiophile." Not in the pretentious "its not complete sound unless is a flat profile on vinyl" type but sound quality and presentation matter to me. I've got an aftermarket head in my car that I tweaked and an HK 6.1 surround at home that I feel like I'm constantly retweaking to get the best sound stage out of. I guess my preference for sound is a deep and wide sound stage. I like the feeling of being surrounded by a musical presentation. I've got pretty eclectic tastes including artist like M83, The Naked and Famous, Tribe, Mos Def, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Aretha, Phoenix, Mumphord and Sons, etc. I wouldn't consider myself a basshead because I don't want the low end to overtake a song but I don't want it to be underrepresented either. On songs like OK Go "This Too Shall Pass" with a solid kick drum and deep bass, I want to really feel it but not have be muddle or interfere with a clear presentation of the rest of the range. I'm new to all the technical terms but I guess I'm looking for a full, deep, and detailed sound. Last note: These will mostly be used on my commute plugged directly into my smart phone on 320 kbps files. Not that I won't use them at home or maybe eventually invest in a portable amp.
Any help, tips, or advice on which one of these 3 would be the best choice would be greatly appreciated (or some others I should look into). Also, it would appear JH Audio is the only company that sells an accessory cord with an in line mic. My job puts me on the phone A LOT through out the day and it would be nice to be able to take calls without having to unplug the earphones.