What's a good pair of earbuds that I can find (probably online) for less than $200 (preferably in the $70-$100 range)?
I'd like a pair that:
- is comfortable to wear
- does NOT isolate (partly for 'openness')
- doesn't really have an emphasis on bass or treble (aka. a "flat"/neutral response)
- will sound good un-amped (even though there MIGHT be times I'll run through an amp/dac)
I'm thinking of MAYBE in the near-future replacing my YUIN PK2 earphones I bought from ebay 2 years ago. I found that their mids and highs sounded pretty good, the bass sounded alright but lacked extension unless I am holding/pushing them further into my ears. They are starting to wear out now as the left speaker started to become slightly quieter than the right, and the right speaker distorts with moderate bass volume. I'm sure most of the short-life problem may of been caused from the fact that I used to be a little careless of where I put them a year ago (they've gone through the wash a total of 3 times!)
My ears are not really that big for my age (18), so I want to make sure I get something that also suits my ear-size.
PS: For general home usage, I own a pair of Sennheiser HD518 open-back headphones (I'm aware that the 518s have some bass emphasis), connected to Samson GoMic's headphone output.