I was wondering if you could help me out. I'm looking for portable IEM's. I have $350 in cash + $100 in a gift card on Amazon. Right now I have the Sennheiser IE80s, but I'm going to return them. Yes, I did let them burn in for some time. I actually do like the sound a lot through my desktop setup; however, through my HTC One, they sound pretty poor. I am looking to get an iPhone 5s soon; don't know if this will improve the sound or not. The main reason I want to return the IE80s is that they are too big. After about 20 minutes, my ears start to get sore. Also, I feel like I should get a little more for this price. What IEM's do you think I should pick up? Do you think I should get universals only? Universals and an amp? Customs and an amp (remember, I can only spend $350 outside of Amazon)? I listen to all kinds of music; here are some examples of albums I love:
Inception Soundtrack - Hans Zimmer
Until Now - Swedish House Mafia
Any John Mayer Album
Any Coldplay Album
Any U2 Album
Take Care - Drake
Machinarium Soundtrack - Tomas Dvorak
For Lack of a Better Name - deadmau5
Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Late Registration - Kanye West
Some Day My Prince Will Come - Miles Davis
21 - Adele
The Nightfly - Donald Fagen
Giant Steps - Coltrane
Musiquarium - Stevie
As you can see, I like a wide variety of music (at least, I like to think so). What kind of IEMs/setup do you recommend? Obviously, good bass is pretty important to me, although I would not consider myself a basshead. No bloated boomy crap for me. I'm also obsessed with clarity in the mids and highs. I don't know if this helps at all, but I have Unity Audio The Rock studio monitors (http://unityaudioproducts.co.uk/the-rock.php) in my studio and if they could be put into IEM form, I would be in heaven.
So, what would you recommend?
Thanks so much
P.S. One thing to note: I have abnormally small ear canals. Even the small foam eartips for the IE80s wouldn't stay in my ears; only the small silicon single flanges. I have normal sized ears though, just the canals are small.