So I'm in a bit of a bind here. Where I live, you can't really return a pair of IEMs you've taken out of the packaging (don't know how that works in other countries), so I can't really go test any of these and will have to decide based on reviews and recommendations.
I need to replace my SE530 which I've had for almost 5 years. It would be nice to get some IEMs that have a somewhat different sound, just for the sake of having something different. It will be mainly used for commuting and exercising, so I'm looking in a lower price bracket. Already have good full-size headphones for listening at home.
So far I've narrowed it down to either the RE-400 or EPH-100. The Vsonics are hard to get where I live and apparently almost every website it out of stock right now anyway, and I can't wait too long on getting new IEMs.
The RE-400 or EPH-100 apparently have somewhat different sound signatures. The thing is, I'm afraid that either the RE-400 is going to be too bass-light or the EPH-100 too bass heavy, from what I've read so far on these IEMs. I listen to a wide variety of music, such as rock, alternative, electronic, dance, ambient, pop, sometimes classical, jazz, etc. I liked the sound of the SE530, but I've also become bored with it now, so time for something different. On certain types of music, I love it when the bass is impactful and deep, but with other types of music I wanna hear the emotion in the vocals shine through and hear all the subtle plucks on a guitar and have that riff give me goosebumps. I certainly don't like a boomy bass, and I'm not a basshead either, but I'm not sure if I want a completely neutral sound either, a warmish sound is nice to me.
Who here has experience with both these IEMs and how do they differ exactly? What are the differences in terms of bass/mids/treble/soundstage/imaging/isolation?