Originally Posted by bhazard
Before purchasing anything, you need to decide on the type of sound you want, and if you are OK with on ear headphones like the 438. I find over ear headphones more comfortable. The Somic mh463 is the over ear version, at ~$50.
They are open back headphones, which normally provide a better "3D" type sound and imaging. They lack bass compared to closed headphones most of the time.
Your budget and your sound preferences will determine what you buy. There's only about a few thousand to choose from... it gets overwhelming.
I should preface this by saying I'm very much still a newbie. So far, the only IEMs I've used are the Monoprice 8320 (just broke), Sony Sony MDREX10LP (don't use for music), and Monster Turbines (broke a long time ago). And, I have 0 experience with headphones.
Anyway, yeah, I'm interested in the openness/3Dness of the 438. But, I'd be willing to spend the $50 on the 463 if I knew the clarity was definitely better. It sucks your order was lost. Here's an example of a song that I'm very much interested in listening to through a headphone. I wonder if an open back would be bad for it due to the amount of bass and the times when it drops low. Overall, I'm still interested more in the 438 and 463.
As far as IEMs go, I just bought the VSD1 (for female vocals--feist, joan as police woman, lana del ray, minnie riperton, etc.) and the Brainwavz Delta (for soundstage and cheapness). I was considering the SS01 for its resolving capability because I didn't want to spend $100 for the re-400. But, if the Gediao is just as good or better for half the price, I'm leaning towards it. In this situation, I guess I'd say that I want the clarity but still solid bass.
Really, I'm just trying to get some stuff to build a solid base from at a low cost.
Edit: should probably point out that, fwiw, I don't only listen to female vocalists; though, they are what I've mainly been listening to here lately.
Edited by FajroMangxanto - 11/26/13 at 11:15pm