I'm looking for a pair of IEM's that isolate a moderate to good amount and, of course, offer good sound quality. I mainly listen to music through my home stereo, and I have a pair of JVC HARX700 with the felt removed and a mic attached for teamspeak/vent sessions, so the IEM's would be used only sparingly for stuff like mowing the lawn or road trips. My budget is up to ~$100, but I'd like to keep it a bit lower if possible. Source would be a Creative Zen for now, but replaced with a Sandisk Sansa Clip+/Zip fairly soon.
I have a pair of 6 year old Sennheiser PX-100's which I really, really like, but they don't isolate, so IEM's it is. And while I may be open to other sound signatures, something similar to the PX-100 would be a safe bet for my tastes in music. Sound quality is my first concern followed by isolation. Also, I don't want something with a mic, as TRRS plugs don't play nice with my computer's or Creative Zen's headphone ports.
I just recently purchased the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 since I caught a small sale on them, but I'm finding that their sound signature is not doing a whole lot for me. I find the mids are too pronounced and the bass is a little lacking for my tastes, however the highs seem good. So back to amazon they go.
If I can't find an IEM similar to the PX-100, I guess a good starting place to try would be something warmer and less mid emphasis than the Aurvana. And non harsh highs are a requirement.
As far as music genres go, I mostly stick to ska punk/punk rock, various rock/metal, and alternative, sprinkled with stuff like chip tunes, video game/anime music. Favorite band would probably be Reel Big Fish, though I'm not really digging their more recent albums. Other bands I'm currently listening to: The Heavy, Cage the Elephant, Eric McFadden Trio, and Gogol Bordello.
One of the tracks I use for comparison purposes is this, Ragna's Theme: Rebellion
The master isn't the cleanest (even when ripped directly from the game/ost), but if I can't rock to that, then the headphone isn't for me.
Thanks for taking the time to read and/or respond!
Note: With the Creative Aurvana In Ear 3's I noticed I was getting a fair amount of hiss when plugged into my comptuer, creative zen mp3 player, and even my HTC One phone. The line noise was so much on my computer that I could hear the effects of the components like the fans were having on the signal. However, with my Sennheiser's or JVC's, I don't hear any of that. Is that a strictly a function of the difference headphone impedance (32/48ohms for the Senn/JVC vs 28 for the IE3), or does sensitivity factor in? Or maybe the older mp3 player and my computer's front audio ports just suck.