I'm replacing my ECCI PR401's since they're starting to fail, and I'm looking for good replacement IEM's. I listen to a lot of electronic music and am a bit of a bass head, so I'm looking for an overall balanced sound signature with a powerful yet accurate low end, similar to the PR401's (it can't be too boomy; gotta leave room for acoustic music, too). Before I order another pair of PR401's, I'd like to see what other (and possibly better) options I have. My price range, as stated in the title, is around $80-100. Suggestions are appreciated!
Best IEM's for $80-100?
I am still catching on to the jargon, but I understand about people who have a desire for perfection when it comes to sound. I wonder if perhaps a looser fitting ear flange may seem strange, but I've found that I get a better sound wave when I'm just shy of air tight...hmmmmm
Etymotic Research HF5
Rock-It Sounds R-50
If anyone has the knowledge to expand on some of these, please do so! I've never heard of any of those IEM's, so extra input would help a lot. I'll do my own research, too, but getting opinions is also a big assist in this sort of thing, considering there are so many choices!
I think head-fi member ClieOS has also reviewed many of those headphones as well. Some of them you will find by searching for his user name and the headphone make/model with head-fi as a keyword in Google. Others you can find on his website: http://www.inearmatters.net/2009/01/list_01.html
Yes, I've been comparing some of the IEM's from the $100-200 ranges, and the VSonic GR07 is actually sounding fairly appealing. The extra $80 or so won't be that much of a problem if the sound satisfies. The sound signature seems a bit too professional on the vanilla IEM's, though, so I might go with the bass edition if I do choose them. The only issue I'm having is the statement of mild sibilant tendencies. For all I know, even with the sibilant highs they might still be clearer than with my previous IEM's; given the price differences, I might think so.