I recently got the chance to try out some fairly high-end headphones at an audio shop, and while I was quite impressed with the quality, I was a little disappointed a the bulky units, thick cabling, and large amount of sound leakage that seems common to these premium units.
In my view it really limits the utility of them quite a bit, to the point where they are really only suitable for home listening, as opposed to the office, commute, or even in bed. A fact which ended up dissuading my purchase more than the price.
So my question is simple, though it may end up controversial I suspect.
How do high end IEMs (which have many advantages in utility) compare in sound quality to the high end headphones? Specifically I'm talking the 1-2k mark such as:
Grado GS1000 and PS1000
Are there comparable IEMs to each of these? For the same sort of price point? Or can the downsized units just not hope to match that level of fidelity?
Hoping to hear from some folks who can answer based on their own experience rather than hearsay or speculation :)