I'm looking for some advice on a new set of IEMs to get as I have been struggling for months now to figure out what will really work for me based on fit and sound.
What I've previously had is as follows:
Klipsch Image X1
I'll give a bit of info about what I found good/bad about these, in the hopes that someone with more knowledge/experience than me on such matters can suggest something suitable.
Klipsch X1 -
Fit - I found these fitted great as I could really bury them into my head, and there was no bulk to prevent them pushing right in.
Sound - I love the sound from these for the most part, except they seemed a little muffled at the high end, and seemed to be missing detail/clarity that I was used to from the MDR-EX500, and from the Soundmagics.
Sony MDR-EX500 - I really like these, and have had a couple of pairs of them now, but they're not built to last, and I've had bits come offboth pairs of them, annoyingly. I am careful with them too.
Fit - Not quite as secure as the Klipsch buds but still pretty good. They push far enough into my ears that they generally seal well and stay put.
Sound - I can't really fault the sound as such on these except that current 'quest' if you like is to have something with more detail and hopefully an improved soundstage than the Sonys have. The Soundmagics have more in this respect but the Sonys are my favourite all rounders currently.
Sony MDR-EX300 - Same as the MDR-EX500 basically except that the sound seems less clear/detailed.
Senn CX300/CX400 - They sound ok but are slightly bass heavy and don't stay in my ears or seal well unfortunately.
Soundmagic PL50 -
Fit - I struggle to get these to fit properly in terms of getting a good seal/isolation, and thus the sound suffers a lot unless I really push them in and stay dead still. I bought some fancy foam buds for them that were a lot longer (I forget the brand sorry), but even they don't seal well. I've a feeling if I got thinner ones they might be ok, so this could be worth trying I guess.
Sound - love the sound. Not loads of bass, but I love the mid & top end on these. Favourite sound of all the sets I've had, when I can actually get them pushed in enough to seal and stay there.
I don't have a big budget so would be looking at spending £100 max I think, and even at that price I'd be gutted to buy something & find it's not right. I realise you have to take a chance though.
I like varied music, but a lot of ambient/electronic, and a reasonable amount of rock/metal.
I'm not looking for ridiculous bass, but more detail & clarity than I've had from existing sets, or say on a par with the sound magic, but a better fit and seal.
Was considering Sony XBA2 for the fact they're BA rather than dynamic, but they look like they'd have a good chance of fitting well.
Appreciate suggestions, thanks!