Hello all! Well the unthinkable happened a few days ago... My beloved Sennheiser ie80s that I've been listening to pretty much 8 hours a day for the past year were stolen from my desk. I bought these puppies after reading many reviews on head-fi and bought them in the end because of it's large soundstage.
Well since I can't really function without music, I'm in the immediate market for a new pair. I would really be interested in hearing what you fine folks can recommend for me. My history with earphones are as follows:
2005-2011: various shure earphones including E3, E3c, E4
2012-(3 days ago): Sennheiser ie80
As for my music listening profile, I mostly listen to music from my Nexus 4 with high quality sound enabled via a hacked kernel, I spend my time listening to:
Hard Rock/Metal 15%
Hip Hop 10%
The things I really liked about the Sennheiser ie80s and the previous shures were the clarity of the subtle instruments especially in classical pieces and rock solos like Led Zeppelin. For hard rock I guess it doesn't really matter just as long as the sound is clear and the bass isn't too strong to drown things out.
I don't mind spending up to $400 or so on a new pair but obviously not spending that much is welcome unless they are truly spectacular. Thanks in advance for your recommendations on getting my next pair!