I had credit at the Apple Store, so I went in to buy some new earbuds. I was about to buy the Bowers and Wilkins C5s, but I ended up talking to the guy there who seemed to know a good amount about headphones. He explained the difference between armature and dynamic sets, and he raved about how amazing the UE900s are. He basically put it like this: for $179, the C5s are good, but if I wanted the best sound quality without getting into $400+ levels of money, I should go with the UE900s.
I started researching them online, and came across mostly amazing reviews, but also a few reservations about their build quality and ability to handle vocal tracks as well as some of the competition.
I ended up here, reading a surprising amount of negative comments about the UE900s. There are a few threads that compare the UE900s to the Triple Fi 10s, and it seems like the preference for the TF10s is almost universal.
Here's what I'm looking for: an IEM with the best sound quality I can get for less than $400. I love the idea of an immersive soundstage, where I can hear the tiniest details and separations of the instruments. I listen to a lot of music with gorgeous vocals, like the Irish singer Lisa Hannigan or the English band Elbow. But I also listen to heavier rock like Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails, or hip hop like Brother Ali and Wu Tang. Bjork, LCD Soundsystem, The Roots, Outkast, Paul Simon, Alt-J and Frightened Rabbit are a few more examples of my taste in music.
This is my on-the-go set, so I want something that sounds great plugged into an iPhone. I prefer warmer, detailed sounds with excellent bass over anything cold, tinny or flat. I want to hear the brushes on a cymbal and the perfect timbre of vocal heavy tracks, as well grooves and beats with some weight and backbone.
Comfort and isolation are also important. I listen to my earbuds a lot when I'm falling asleep or on public transportation. In the past I've had the Monster Turbine Pro Golds. They were excellent with comfort and isolation, but the build quality was terrible and the sound quality, while good, fell short of the jaw-dropping sound I'm looking for.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Edited by whiskeyandmusic - 3/5/14 at 4:50pm