Hello all, I'm new here, and somewhat new to the audiophile world so please forgive my lack of technical jargon. I did a lot of lurking before my last purchase, and y'all were ever so helpful in my decision.
I currently have the Shure SE215s with the iPhone cable and I adore the sound, granted before these my go-tos were iBuds or whatever they call them so experience is limited. Anyway, I guess that my ears are just too small for my Shures, after twenty minutes my ears start to hurt, if I make it that long. My iBuds did the same. An outer ear pain, not inner ear.
I'm looking for something that I could comfortably have in for hours on end, possibly even sleep in on long car rides or flights and layovers, and has an iPhone compatible cable. I spend a lot of time listening to music and a lot of time on the phone and I hate having to stop daily tasks or attempt to do them one handed so that I can hold my phone.
I was eyeing the new Bose 20i, specifically the "aware" mode caught my eye. I'm paranoid and don't always like the noise isolation of the Shures. I like the isolation most of the time, but when I'm home alone I like to be aware of what is going on around me. At times like that I can use the buds that came stock with hubby's S3. I have also done some reading on the Ety HF3s, but there are sooo many options out there, not that I need to tell you that, so I decided that I needed some guidance. Before I bought my Shures, I was looking at several Klipsch sets. I'm open to suggestions, but please be specific about why you make your suggestion so that I can weigh my options and make an informed decision.
My music preferences are all over the map. I was raised on Country and Classic Rock, so those are staples. About 50% of the time, okay maybe 75%, I listen to Seether, or something similar. Occasionally a bit of Eminem or the odd classical number... I like a little bit of everything. I like to hear bass, but I don't want it to overwhelm everything else. I like hearing the little things that you don't hear on the car radio or with stock ear buds.
I plan on selling my Shures as soon as I have something else in my possession, so my budget is about $150-$200, could probably stretch it a bit more if I deemed it worth it. I have an Amazon Prime account, so yay free shipping if I can buy from there.
Thank you all so much for your time and input. I really appreciate it, I'm pretty shy about posting things because I always feel like I'm wasting all y'all's time with inane questions.