I currently use a pair of ECCI PR401 which I bought after researching head-fi.org and am generally pleased with the sound signature. (see (2C27) of http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-308-iems-compared-rbh-ep1-added-01-01-14-p-836 ). I also like how compact the housings are.
1. Despite using Comply Ts400 foams with these buds and getting a good seal, I do wish isolation was better especially on flights.
2. Secondly, I do wish there was a more out-of-head presentation (I think that means wider and deeper soundstage?).
3. And thirdly, a 3-button remote would be great.
Is there anything out there for under $150 that can meet these criteria? I've searched all over here and read many many reviews but have yet to find anything. I'm open to try a slightly different sound signature although I do know that my preference tends to be for
a) deep, impactful (but clean) bass so something too analytical probably would lack body to my ears
b) bright, clear, sparkly but non-sibilant trebles so nothing too warm and dark cause that would probably come across lifeless and lacking in detail to me
c) mids are relatively lower priority for me as long as vocals are lush, musical and have life and texture
Am I asking too much? :)