My favorite IEMs to date have been the Westone UM3X and Yamaha EPH100.
I love bass, but prefer sub-bass over mid bass. I prefer neutral midrange, I find forward midrange to be 'blaring' and obnoxious, especially when I listen to metal in the gym. I prefer laid back highs. Anything that can be described as sparkly, crisp, etc, I'm sure I'll hate. Although I do appreciate clarity, good instrument separation, airiness, wide sound stage, etc.
I listen to a lot of electronic music (downtempo, DnB, dubstep, trip hop, etc), as well as heavy rock and metal. So I need something that can handle both without any one particular frequency standing out over the others, unless it's an ample amount of bass (but not obnoxious mid bass bloat).
Having said that, which would be the best of the three IEMs?
- VSonic VSD1
- Zero Audio Carbo Basso
- NuForce NE-700 (non-mic'd version, old or new)
Or, if I can find them, the Sony version of MH1C.
Are there any other contenders in the sub-$50 range that I haven't mentioned that I might like, considering the two IEMs I mentioned being my favorites?
I'm driving myself nuts here trying to figure out what I should order. I've tried the budget $10 IEM game, and everything has sounded like absolute s***. The only somewhat tolerable has been the Philips SHE3580, but they're only all that listenable for movies plugged into my computer... they're not good for music IMO.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Edited by kloan - 8/27/13 at 7:04pm