I have been using my Shure SE215 for over a year now and after they are burned in.. the sound quality is AMAZING for the buck. The build-quality is really good, great isolation. Much better than my old Brainwavz B3 in terms of isolation, build quality and SQ. (B3 is too sharp and too less bass. Great clarity though..)
Anyway.. I want to give the Shures to my girlfriend and get myself a pair of even better IEMS. Budget: €/$ 400
Problem is; you can't really try IEMs before you buy them.. So I have to ask you soundfreaks what the best choice will be for my music taste.
I am going to use them with my iPhone. I do not want to mess around with an AMP.
I like various kinds of music. Especially classic Rock. I'm looking for a warm sound with a decent amount of bass (not a bass-head, but I do like some good base, though), Immersive vocals and a broad range!
I often listen to:
Red hot chili peppers
Almost no hiphop/R&B
One of my favorite numbers to test sound quality is Adele - Rolling In The Deep. This is a true HD song with a lot of mids, highs and lows. Awesome vocals!!!! I have thrown an uncompressed version online for you! https://app.box.com/s/78teukzh44i1ozudg2bq
I think the Sure SE425 will do the job pretty good. I really love the over-ear construction Shure uses. The IEMS fit so well in my ears..
Thanks in advance!
Edited by david8090 - 12/22/13 at 4:40pm