I picked up Tinnitus about 2 years ago at a gig and, while I've gotten over the woe of it to a large extent, I haven't listened to music on headphones since. I read a lot on hearing damage when the ringing began and, paranoia or whatever, took the decision not to wear them. However, I now have a commute, and feel like I don't listen enough, so I was thinking of some IEMs. There's a lot of conjecture out there on what's most damaging for the ears (in ear, over ear, closed, open...). The only consensus I've found is that quieter is better and, as I really don't want the high pitched sound in my right ear to get any louder, I've decided isolation is key for me. I'll check 3 times at every road I cross, as long as I can listen at a lower level.
Etymotic looked like the way to go (found mc5s for about £50 online, which is my ideal price range), but every review I've read sums up as 'great detail, weak bass'. Now, to complicate things further, I'm a bassist in a band (I wear ear plugs) and find the phrase 'weak bass' a bit blasphemous. I listen to a lot of Ska and Funk and Jazz and generally enjoy being able to hear the low end of a recording.
Sooooooo can anyone recommend a pair of cheapish IEM's that can isolate as well, or nearly as well as Ety, but offer a better bass response (or convince me that the mc5 bass response is fine). If not I think I'm gonna get the mc5s and ipod EQ my pristine 320kbps music collection (a pity). I would also be open to the idea of active noise cancellation but from what I've seen these tend to be a bit pricier.
PS Anyone got any thoughts on these http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/hd5.html. Think they just came out - wondering if I should hold up and wait for some reviews.