Hi there everyone.
First off I want to say that the forums here have been incredibly helpful in refining my search for a good pair of earphones... but I can't quite make up my mind about a few alternatives and I was hoping that someone might be able to offer additional constructive input.
Basically, what I am looking for are a pair of inexpensive, comfortable earphones that have decent noise isolation and comfort. Sound quality would obviously be a big plus (I consider myself something of a novice audiophile, though I suppose everyone here probably qualifies in that regard), but it definitely comes secondary to isolation and comfort. Since I am looking at an inexpensive price range I know that I'm not going to get amazing quality, but I'm hoping for something I can use for at least a couple years without having to buy a new pair.
I typically listen to electronic and dance music, but also enjoy classic rock, and occasionally even classical / baroque. The noises I am typically exposed to include air travel (jet engines), data centers (server fans / AC units), and general urban noise (highway, sirens, etc). Though I would consider an active noise-cancelling solution I do not believe it will fit my needs with frequent travel and no desire to replace batteries constantly or carry spares.
Having browsed some review threads already I have a few thoughts in mind...
My first question is this: would a pair of after-market tips improve isolation and comfort enough that I can consider those factors less important when picking the earphones themselves? I.E. could I pick up a pair of monoprice 8230 earphones (well, actually the 9927 for the matte black finish...) and put a decent pair of tips on them to get isolation and comfort on par with slightly more expensive earphones (like the ETY-Kids)?
Failing that idea, I am down to a couple headphones that I think may fit my needs. The first are the ETY-Kids I just mentioned (or possibly another sub-$100 ETY set), and second are the Shure SE215.
Thoughts, comments, etc?