I'm looking for IEMs that have an exciting, intimate sound. I listened to my FXZ200s after 40 hours burn in--I know they require more burn-in but they just sounded unexciting, kind of staged in the back of my head, and had distant-sounding vocals. I wasn't digging it. I'm sure they probably would've improved with more burn-in but I found myself liking my throwaway UrbanEars Bagis $35 earbuds more because they're more intimate and exciting.
Feeling like $35 IEMs come out on top after 40 hours of burn-in for a $190 IEM is unforgivable. The clarity in the FXZ200s was there but it just sounded weirdly distant, moving laterally a little bit, yet still inside my head and boring.
I listen to a wide range of music. An all-around IEM would be nice. I find recessed vocals irritating; however, thin, analytic sounding IEMs are equally as off-putting. I've recently read that clear/forward vocals are what cause headphones/IEMs to sound intimate. I'm not sure if this is the whole truth but when comparing my throwaways with the FXZ200s, I noticed vocals sound closer to me (probably because they have a not-so-great soundstage) and are a little more present.
I read through this entire thread on the CKS1000s and was thinking they might do the trick as the reviewer specifically mentions that he prefers them to the FXZ200s but the last couple of pages has a few people bashing them.
I'm not huge on sound separation, wide soundstage, or absolute clarity and detail. I'm just a guy looking to have fun listening to his sea of FLAC/320.
Any ideas, Head-Fiers?
Thanks in advance.
Edit: Thought it would be important to add that I'm not interested in IEMs that are designed for wearing the cord over the ear. Free-hanging cord would be the way to go for me.
Edited by genzeleam - 11/24/13 at 8:58pm