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Sony mdr xb90ex vs Yamaha eph-100 ?
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i've owned/own both. prefer the XB90 over the EPH-100. to be honest.. i bought the Yamaha after reading some of the rave impressions here, but i find them to be just so-so. they're good, but nothing special like most here claim. the XB90 sounds better to me, in my opinion. the mids and highs may be better on the Yamaha (for you since you like a more pronounced mids), but i find the highs a bit compressed and metallic sounding, where on the XB90, both mids and highs were smoother/laid back. so i guess it depends on your taste. both have about average soundstage. compared to my XBA-H1, the H1 has a bigger soundstage than both. the XB90 has the best sub-bass out of them.
some more of my thoughts on these here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/705760/sony-xba-h1-initial-impressions-comparisons-sony-xb90ex-thinksound-ts-02-yamaha-eph-100
i'm in a similar search, and it seems like most under $150 won't have that big soundstage + bass you're looking for. have you looked through this thread? http://www.head-fi.org/t/649125/iems-with-huge-soundstage-and-bass
my budget is a bit more than yours, so i have the sennheiser ie 80 on order. most reviews i've read and people here suggested that these are one of the best when it comes to that sound we are looking for.