I currently own the ATH-M50s and a pair of Klipsch Image S4-II (with the flat cable). I have been using the headphones less and the IEMs more primarily from a convenience/portability perspective. I am here looking for a recommendation for some better IEMs. The Image S4's are not bad by any means, and I have no problem with the sound quality, but I have some serious issues with cable noise with them. Even sitting at my desk typing on my laptop I get very bad and distracting cable noise. I was looking into just getting a clip but the flat cable has made it difficult to find one that fits properly. My usage scenarios are (in order of frequency)
- Variety of genres, rock, metal, alternative, EDM, etc...
- Mostly from my smartphone or laptop. I may invest in a USB DAC at some point but not today.
- Not to where I would say soundstage is a huge priority, but a good soundstage would definitely be a plus. I don't play anything competitive so it's purely for "immersion."
- Very rare, but as with my gaming it would just be nice to have something that could work for everything.
Does anyone have any suggestions? After my use of the Image S4 my main concern is the cable noise. I could deal with even having a step down on sound quality if I could eliminate the cable noise.
Edit: I completely forgot to post a budget! I'm looking in the $100 range, but I could go up to $150 if it was really worth it.