My previous IEMs have crapped out on me. I need a new pair of music listening devices, whether they are IEMs (preferable) or portable on-ear/over-the-ear headphones. Looking to spend approximately $150 maximum, but I'd rather it be closer to $100. I will be buying these in Canada.
They need to have an inline mic/remote that will work with my iPhone. It can be a one-button remote though, it only needs to activate voice control. 3-buttons would be nice, but not necessary. I will also be listening to my laptop and desktop, but mainly my iPhone 4S with no external amp.
I listen to a wide variety of music, from Tragically Hip and REM, to Daft Punk and Linkin Park, to Disturbed and Mumford & Sons. Tailoring them to a specific genre may not be the best idea.
I've been trying to look at IEMs as much as possible. For example, the Philips Fidelio S1 and the Klipsch S4i II. Many sets of IEMs, I've noticed, can be somewhat difficult to find in Canada though, the Fidelios for example. That's why I'd like to also explore the option of portable on-ear/over-the-ear headphones. I will be using these for the daily commute on the bus, and occasionally when walking to and from school.
I also looked at the Shure SE215s, which you can buy the extra cable with the remote, bringing them to $150. However, I'm not sure I'd like how they sit/feel in the ear, so I'm hesitant with those.
Comfort will be an important part of the decision. I'd like them to sound fairly balanced. Maybe a bit more bass, but I'm honestly not sure.
So, what do you think?