I've been lurking around here and wanting to take the jump into high end IEM's for a while now, but never did. However, I really am now. I had made this account and then never asked for help, but I am simply getting tired of the poor performance of the earbuds you find at Wal-Mart.
I would LIKE to stay under $150, simply because I am a Student, and I really don't want to go over that right now.
I need something sturdy. I pop in my my 'phones when I go to sleep to listen to music. It will be put onto my end table for a while, it will go into my pocket, etc. I need them to be able to take a small beating without breaking. In no way am I saying I am hard on my stuff or that it will be tossed around, but because of my lifestyle they can't be super fragile, and need to be able to take daily wear and tear like a champ.
They CAN NOT LEAK MUCH SOUND! I listen to music that some people may be offended by, and I listen in public at high volumes all the time. I'm not hiding anything, but I don't want to be responsible for parent's being offended their kids sitting next to me in the waiting room are hearing things they shouldn't, and while my mom knows what I listen to, she doesn't want to hear it herself, so not leaking is very important to me.
I would love for them to be super comfortable! These will be worn for hours at a time!
Looks do not matter at all.
Isolation isn't an super must since I listen at high volumes anyway, but it's a plus for sure.
Stock tips don't matter; I will be purchasing some premium ones with them. I'm thinking maybe Tri-Flange? Any advice on tips would be great too. A place up the road makes custom tips too.
It will be used with my Android phone, PS VITA, Laptop, and iPod.
I don't fully understand all the lingo, so instead, I will simply list some of the routine artists I listen to to get a rough feel for the profile I would need...
Bring Me The Horizon
3 Days Grace
Epic Rap Battles of History
The Ghost Inside
Comedy Shows recordings
I know, I know, bad music taste :-)
Also, 2 of the ones I've been really looking at are the Rockit Sounds R-50 and the VSONIC GR07. And maybe a Senheiser(?)
It doesn't matter about having to buy instore or online.
Thanks for all the help!