I am quite new to the world of hi-fi so I won't be exactly be able to tell if the bass is tight or if the treble is bright or something. So like in the title, I am looking for a balanced IEM between $100 - $200 with extreme clarity assuming balanced means sounding decent with almost all genres. I listen to a range of Hip-Hop to Jazz (I have 2 songs in the Jazz genre..) to J-Pop/J-Rock (Anime Songs). Currently rocking (Don't know if should be proud of) Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 with PowerAMP and using Klipsch Image S4/ Audio Technica ATH-M50S listening to FLAC and 320 KBPS MP3 files. I don't know if I should "upgrade" my SGP 5.0 if I am unable to hear a small difference in audio quality if it is small.
The bass of the Klipsch is a bit too much for me and the clarity isn't exactly on par with the M50S but since full-sized headphones isn't really portable I am looking for an IEM that is on par with my M50S or even better if possible. I would like to keep my IEM's low key unlike the flashy Beats Tours which shouldn't even be mentioned on this site BUT just giving of an example of what I mean by too flashy since I roam the high school hallways and would not like to be looked at every 2 seconds for having colorful IEM's. Just a 'me' kind of factor or something I guess. My ear canals are quite small I think since I have to get the extremely small tips from Klipsch.com for them to fit my ears comfortably.
An IEM that isn't too flashy
Can isolate well and doesn't leak at all or very much
Well-seperated (Assuming it means you can actually tell the difference between the bass and vocals)
Bass that is not overbearing
Average cable length of 4/5 feet since I'm not exactly the tallest person.. (Prefered)
Straight cable jack (Prefered)
Can drive without the use of an amp (or can't; doesn't matter since I own a Fiio E70K)
EDIT: Preferably if can be found in stores. (Best Buy, Guitar Center, etc.) But not a deal breaker.
A DAP that is FLAC and MP3 compatible with MicroSD compatibility
Appstore (Prefered but can live without)
I have been looking at..
Brainwavz B2 (But is a bit too flashy)
Rockit Sounds R-50 (Leaning towards to buying these)
Etymotic ER-4 (Decided to buy in the near future)
I HAVE read the thread which a ton of IEMs were reviewed and compared but I would like to also hear from others and their recommendations.
I would like recommendations and/or advice about IEMs and DAPs. I am not exactly sure if I am able to exceed my budget since a certain someone will say how wasteful with money I am but anyways.. PLEASE HELP!!
EXTREMELY LATE EDIT: Decided to go with the Etymotic HF5; Thanks for the help!! (Bought them around Thanksgiving)
Edited by Feilong4 - 5/4/14 at 3:32pm