I have been a lurker for a while now and decided to join the group. I am looking for my first high end IEM under $200. I listen to a variety of music including hip hop, classical, jazz, soul, R&B. Previously, I have listened to the JVC FXT90 and the Etymotic HF5. I prefer the HF5 because they are so detailed and I love dissecting a song and hearing every single sound as intended by the audio engineer. However, if possible, I would like something with slightly more bass than the HF5. From what I've read, changing the tips can make a difference. Another issue I found is that many of the IEMS in this price range are not very new; they seem to have been released 2-4 years ago. I would like to get the latest and greatest IEM with the most analytical, detailed and balanced sound.
Current considerations: HF5, R50, Vsonic GR07 mk2, Vsonic GR01 & upcoming IEM
I would like to know where I can find information about upcoming IEM's to make sure I buy something with the newest technology and best sound. Also, I would like to get your opinion on which IEM listed above or other similar IEM have the sound I am looking for.
The 2 most important aspects of this search is sound quality and durability. I do love the R50 but the cable seems to unravel and not be very durable. I hope I can get some insight from people who have listened to or owned a variety of IEM to get accurate responses. I am open to considering other IEMs.
P.S. Is there a significant audible difference between this price range of ~$200 and higher end IEM such as PFE 232, Westone 4(r), SM3, UM3x? Do you recommend I invest in one of these high end IEM or stick to a lower end $200 model to start out?
Edited by classycalatrava - 12/6/13 at 7:40am