I'm looking for budget earphones from the $30-$60 range and sending a BOLO for "hidden gems" and killer steals.
I'm coming off a worn/broken pair of Sony MDR-XB20EXs, which I loved for a while, but are now hard to find for a decent price and are bass heavy for my aging taste. The XB20EXs seemed to be a steal for the $20 I spent on them, so I'm looking to make another quality purchase and upgrade for the next decade.
With my music taste maturing and my angsty teenage years behind me, I thankfully no longer base quality listening on bass and volume alone. If I had all the money in the world, I would probably have a different setup for each genre (or even album) I listen to, but that's a distant dream.
What I'm looking for:
High quality, clean and accurate sound reproduction (Vinyl, CD, and FLAC listening)
Design that works and lasts (the flat/band wires on sony and monster phones are worth their weight IMO)
Great Isolation and sticky fit
Music I listen to:
Indie, folk, Bluegrass, Oldies, classic rock and Instrumental
The reason I can't splurge on earphones is because I am hoping to get a nice set of either noise canceling, or closed cup over-ear headphones down the road. But in the meantime, I need a pair of earphones that will take care of my music needs riding in the car, jogging, sitting at work and enjoying a relaxing afternoon.
Your thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated. I'll continue my persistent research in the meantime.