Hi friends, I have lurked for years (spent a lot of time with Joker's IEM guide) and I absolutely love this site. I never really needed to ask any questions though so I never thought to make an account (also I feel I know fairly little so I don't have much to offer in terms of help either), but now I do need help.
I hope for a few recommendations on IEM's.
I have just broken my second pair of Fischer Silver Bullets. I loved those IEM's so bad that after I broke the first pair I got another pair. I do not know that much about IEM's and I am a student and on a limited budget so I never had a chance to try IEM's out that much, but once I decided to spend some on a 'good' pair of IEM's I studied up and went with the Silver Bullets. They got great reviews and I loved the sound. I am an audiophile by nature (could talk a day about my flac collection) and I was so pleased with the detail level space/room and clarity of the sound of the Silver Bullets which are characteristics I like in sound, muddy sound is the worst thing I know of, and I pay a lot of attention to detail and like to hear every single thing, and on top of that I was really impressed with the.. space/room (?) they really made the music feel alive and physically close in a sense.
The problem is that I am a fairly active person. I travel a lot, I climb (with my portable player and IEM's) and so on and now after breaking my second pair (the only downside of those IEM's in their price range in my opinion is the durability) I have decided to go for a sturdier pair of IEM's this time, hoping to get similar or better sound quality.
So my question is:
What good IEM's are there to grab in the $100-200ish price range that are sturdy and reliable? I am hoping for similar or better audio quality than the Silver Bullets, which is my only real reference frame when it comes to IEM's (I loved them), and I guess what I am looking for is IEM's with maybe a woven cord and quality strain relief?
Surely there has to be some mid-range IEM's that have high level durability for people who have an active lifestyle but are picky with sound quality? I have no experience with braided cords but I have seen pics of them in Joker's guide.. are they braided to increase the durability? and both of my Silver Bullets eventually started glitching at the strain relief (probably because it got bent over and over in my jeans pocket while climbing or doing other stuff) so I guess the strain relief is fairly important too?
The reason I assume I want a woven cord is that I have noticed with computer mice for example, how much better durability they have when the cord is woven so I guess I am looking for the same thing. I have waded through Jokers guide of mid range IEM's in my price range and found a pair or two but would still like to make a post to see if anyone has any recommendations.
What I have found so far myself is that Fischer have made some IEM's called 6mm Bullets, a supposed usurper of the Silver Bullets, but few places sell them and the reviews are scarce, but they are woven from the looks of it. They say themselves that they are even better than the Silver Bullets, less output but improved casing to make up for it or something along those lines.
I use a Cowon iAudio7 portable player (mid range stuff) and live in Sweden if it is of any interest/help.
Sorry for the long post, to sum it up: looking for sturdy (woven cord?) reliable strain relief IEM's with SIlver Bullet audio quality (or hopefully better), key words are clarity, detail level, good room/space or close and alive sound if you like, and in the price range of $100-200 give or take (Silver bullet and up a bracket I guess).
Thank you so much for your time, again - love this place.