I have a bit of an issue and feel as though I may be doing something wrong.
I've tried to get into IEMs a few times, but every time I do the sound quality seems to be really lacking compared to equivalent full-size headphones. The two major IEMs I've owned are the Westone UM2 and now the Hifiman RE-600 and each time I try to get into IEMs, I'm turned off by some major issues in sound quality that I haven't heard of anyone else experiencing.
To me, every IEM I've tried sounds muffled and nasally, almost like I'm listening to music with a cold. Often they lack anything above the lower treble and don't have much bass extension. There's also a general lack of clarity, detail, punch, and realism to the sound as well as general speed and transients.
I must be doing something wrong, I haven't heard anyone else with the same issue and often hear how IEMs can easily sound as good as full-size headphones in a similar price bracket, but to my ears I've never heard an IEM that I would consider worth more than $100.
Is there anything I could possibly be doing wrong? I don't produce much earwax and have fairly clean ears, and I've tried numerous types of tips (I'm sitting next to 13 pairs of them right now).
I'd appreciate any help, I'd love to enjoy IEMs considering how convenient they are when on the go.