It has been a while since I have posted here because I am not really a headphone junkie but this website is the best source for real reviews.
I have been using the Hippo VB's for the last couple years and after a long burn in process they sounded great. I was happy with the bass, but I did need to use the bass boost feature to get the most bass out of them. I always used the Comply foam tips so I could get a great seal and keep background noise out of my ears. I am back in the search for the ultimate bass head IEM's because the cord has broken the connection inside the left monitor and if you bend the cord just right it gets power tot he left monitor so the wire is obviously broken somewhere.
I also have the CKS55iS and they are okay in the bass department, but not good enough for me. They are also too big for my ears and after an hour or so of wearing them my ears start to hurt. So keep that in mind with your suggestions that I must have a smaller than average ear canal. The Hippo's I could wear all day with only the slightest irritation at the close of the workday. Another thing to mention about these is that a good bit of background noise was able to get through these IEM's.
I am a fabricator so noise elimination is a big thing for me when using a table saw, grinder, nail gun, etc... I do not want to have to turn my IEM way up to overpower the background noise. I just want the music to be at a medium volume, have the background noise muffled away, and to have the sub-bass blow my brain away HAHAHA These IEM's need to be very durable as well as they will get snagged on workshop tables every once in a while, thrown in a laptop bag without protection, get sweat on everyday during the summer. The Hippo's took the abuse for a couple years but obviously getting snagged on a table one too many times killed the cable.
Based on this thread I am looking into the following IEM's...
HiSound Wooduo 2
Future Sonics Atrio MG7 (most expensive and might not be worth it due to the work environment)
I am really leaning towards the Son'y and HiSounds but an weary of the abuse.
Any help is appreciated.