Hello! My name is [Kishmond]!
A simple query for a suggestion directed me here to "do some research." Well, several very informative days later I think I need some live advice. I am as far from an audiophile as you can get; I just love to listen to music. I've stuck to cheap headphones all my life. Just now I'm using what I think are Panasonic RP-HJE120s that I literally picked up off the ground. I listen to my music on my computer or laptop (and rarely my phone) and I take these IEMs with me everywhere I go. I think it's time to put at least a little thought into quality.
I use my headphones to listen to a lot of rock, house, dubstep, EDM and so forth with a little PC gaming on the side. I really like bass but I don't want it to overwhelm everything else. I really don't like it when things sound muffled or like they're underwater.
When I listen to music I like to try to separate and visualize the instruments/sounds. I don't know if this is only something you'd find on higher quality equipment but I would prefer good distinction (that's what you call it, right?).
Oh, and I don't think this is normal, but these cheap headphones pick up radio signals from a tower nearby my dorm. I would rather my new set doesn't do that...
With zero previous experience a Soundmagic E90 or Audiofly AF56 seem to be sticking out. I wish I had a place I could do some listening and personal comparisons, but I live in a small town.