I'm looking for a pair of IEMs mostly for travel. I prefer on ear or over the ear for general listening but I got tired of lugging my too-big Bose QC-15s on flights so I e-Bay'd them. Now I own nothing capable of blocking out plane noise so I'm looking for a pair of noise blocking IEMs. I've narrowed it down to the Shure SE215 and the Klipsch S4i II and x7i based on reviews and price. Also I'll note that I have some brand loyalty to Klipsch. I really like the heritage of the company and the way it continues to be run.
What I'm looking for is:
1) Comfort - I generally don't find IEMs to be very comfortable so this is a prime factor. According to reviews these both get high marks for comfort so hopefully that will not be a factor.
2) Sound on the warmer side of neutral - I don't like bright speakers or cans.
3) Sound with clean but strong bass
4) iPhone controls - I know some people don't value this but I would prefer to have it.
So with that said, I have listed IEMs at the $60, $150*, and $200 price point which may seem odd, but I haven't quite decided how much I want to spend and they're all easily within my budget. If someone told me the Shures are going to sound better overall than even the x7is or that they're more comfortable, I'd probably get those. If the X7is are leaps and bounds above the other two, I'd spend the extra money. If you all think they're all pretty equal, I might just buy the cheapest S4i since these won't be my daily cans.
*The Shures are only $99 but with the iPhone cable they're like $145ish.
Taking any and all advice and commentary.
Edited by imahawki - 2/6/14 at 6:41am