Originally Posted by Darkness85
Currently using V-moda vibes. They're not awesome. Sometimes I think the standard Sammy ones that came with my Galaxy Note 3 are better. I also go through phases of using bose QC15s, though they lack bass.
I think on the balance of everything you've said, the IM02s are the go, especially given I can have them posted for <250. The comparative lack of accessories does bug me though - especially when I'm yet to find an online supplier of tips etc.
I want clear true sound with good separation, and not too sharp with the trebble. I listen to a really broad range of music, and want something that provides a good reproduction of all of it. Anything you've suggested will no doubt be night and day better than the V-modas.
I think the vibes were supposed to be quite bassy from memory, I've never heard those myself. You need to be careful because strange as it seems, "balanced" is a very subjective term. To me the IM02 is very balanced, good tight bassy and lovely sparkly treble. They are quite revealing, which means on poorly recorded materially they can sound a bit harsh. It's not excessive to me, but I'm used to and prefer that sound. Coming from bassy phones you might see that differently.
My recommendation would be the Hifiman RE400. They are really great value and have an excellent reputation on head-fi and elsewhere. In his massive thread, Joker gives them a 9 for sound, which is very high, especially given their price. They have nice detail and balance and are very smooth. You might find you are happy with them, but if in a while you find you want something better, you'll have better reference point to go from. If you buy them from Headphonic you'll have full warranty protection.
If you really want to spend more, I'd post a thread on the Headphonic forums and ask them. But, my guess would be they'd suggest the Audiofly for you because it is a bit warmer.