I am looking for a basshead IEM for $400 or less. I have owned the Sony XB90EXs and they were pretty good, but with less midbass than expected, recessed mids, and some sibilance in the treble. I can honestly say that the only two things the 90s did really really well were in the subbass and clarity area--there was never any muddiness. However, considering the recessed mids, it wasn't a very intimate experience and I constantly found myself trying to adjust the mids to appease my tastes. Sadly, they ran into an accident with a friends dog, so I now need some new "audiophile" IEMs really soon!
Prior to the Sony's I had the JVC FXT90s and they were great, maybe even better than the XB90EXs from what I can remember, just without the extra bass.
Now I am in the market for headphones similar to the XB90EXs, but with a higher budget. I really want a very engaging and fun sound. I have been looking at the Sony XBA-H3s very closely but am a bit disconcerted after hearing some of the negative comments about it. The only other contender seems to be the Sennheiser IE80s. However, I am neither completely sold on either of the the two. Thus, I need some help...
Any opinions on the IE80s or the H3s? Otherwise please recommend some IEMs that fit my criteria! Also, please keep in mind that I want at least average isolation so I can use these on the train, plane, etc. I also listen to mainly R&B, Rap, and Rock/Pop. Thanks!
Edited by bartlett - 1/4/14 at 7:38pm