Initially I used to use the generic earbuds that one would get from the old iPods and such.
Then I moved up to some white $20 Sony in-ear 'phones.
That was a few years ago.
Six months ago I took the jump and dished out $50 for the Brainwavz R1 and it was something that I won't ever regret. Now they're broke and I have no idea as to where I should go.
I've been reading quite a bit on the forums but to no avail.
I've been very intently looking at the IE80 and even the Westone 4R but now I think that's too big a jump.
I actually went to [I]Addicted To Audio [/I] here in Melbourne a few days back and demoed the IE80, SE535, CKS90i as well as the Grado GR-10 and the best of them was undoubtedly the IE80s followed extremely closely by the CKS90i.
BUT I was underwhelmed by the IE80 because of the way they are personified here on Head-Fi as some of the best IEMs out there. They didn't feel like the $400 magnificent IEMs they're said to be.
What should be the next step in my journey towards high-end audio?
I mainly listen to hip-hop, dubstep, drum 'n bass, and a bit of random stuff I hear on the radio. The source for the 'phones are my iPhone 5 and my iPod which both will only play Lossless and when not that, 320kbps.
I would like to have something that can handle a bit of rough handling and a good enough for the gym (although its good enough as long as it doesn't fall out when running).
I would like to spend anywhere around $100 or so for the time being but if something higher is better, I'm up for it.