I'm a long time lurker on this site. I've decided to bite the bullet and make an account.
Well looks like my wallet isn't going to be too happy.
Onto the topic, I need an IEM for general purpose use with my Clip+ music player and my Galaxy S3 cell phone.
Currently I use the Etymotic Research HF5 and I have some issues with it. Firstly, the isolation is too high for when I need awareness and the cable is microphonic.
Other than that, I love the sound.
What I want in my new IEM:
A somewhat balanced sound (no harsh treble or monster bass)
Low microphonics (an absolute must)
If possible one with a flat impedance curve from 20Hz-20kHz (dynamic), so I kind of want to stay aware from armature/multi-armature
Not an over the ear design
Low isolation (so if a classmate near me calls me out, I can still hear while listening on medium volumes)
Under $100 USD
I tried a friend's JVC Xtreme Xplosives and while I didn't like the sound, I was impressed with the design which had very minimal microphonics.
Looking forward to your responses.