Wow, trying to research IEM's is very difficult. Different reviewers come to wildly different conclusions about the same item. I am willing to spend UP TO $150, but am perfectly happy to spend less if it's a great product.
Let me first describe my sound preferences. For several years I've owned AKG K701 headphones, and I like the sound. They aren't "too analytical" for me, and I don't think the bass is too "lite," which are common complaints I've heard about them. That being said, I'm not opposed to a BIT more bass, if it sounds great and doesn't obscure other ranges, and I'd like to try a bit more "musical" sound rather than tending toward analytical. So, I like the K701's but am looking for something a bit more "fun" while staying in an audiophile mindset, and without going anywhere near Beats by Dre territory.
- I listen to classical, jazz, indie rock and electronic stuff
- Isolation level is not a high priority
- I really don't need a microphone or phone controls
- Detail is good, for both electronic and acoustic sounds
- Wide soundstage, rather than "bubble in your head" sound
- I may SOMETIMES exercise with these, so hopefully the cable is not too microphonic and they will stay in my ear. But not a huge priority.
I should also mention, for a while I owned the HiFiMan RE-Zero's. I liked them, but they were a bit too analytical, and after less than a year they came unglued and I had to fix them. So, I'd like something with better build quality.
Some models which interest me, that seem to gather wide and consistent praise, are the Sure SE215 and Etymotic HF5. I'm also curious about the Yamaha EPH-100SL and AKG K376.
Thanks in advance. I really appreciate people who actually consider this information and apply their superior knowledge to help me out!