Hello there, I am looking to buy a pair of IEMs to replace the one's that broke down recently. My budget is set somewhere around $150.
The trouble is I'll be buying them through a friend, so I've only got one shot at buying the right pair. At the moment I've got my eyes on a pair of Etymotic HF series earphones, which i read are very good and has a balanced and accurate sound, impeccable isolation capabilities and good build. However I'm not entirely sure whether they'll be a safe investment because I've also read that the sound signature of Etymotics is a hit or miss for first time users. So I have a couple of questions regarding it.
Firstly are the lows really weak as most say it is??? I myself am not a big fan of boomy bass (dunno if that's the correct way to describe it), but I do like a bit of punch and forwardness on the lows with certain tracks. Second, are these earphones really unforgiving to the source quality? I'm asking because I'll be using a smartphone as a portable source and I have a handful of tracks on mp3s. Lastly, is comfort going to be a big issue even if I use them with Comply Foam tips?
I use a Nexus 5 as my portable player and an Asus DGX soundcard for my PC audio, though I'll be replacing it for a FiiO E07K soon. All of the tracks I have are in FLAC, with some of them being 24/96, 24/192 rips. As for the music genres, I listen to almost all of them ( as long as its good, I dig) however preference lies in folk, blues, alternative,metal, techno, electronica, jazz, old school rap/hiphop, and reggae + related genres.
I also have a few alternatives lined up in case the Etymotic sound signature doesn't seem favorable.These include the Shure SE215 and, if I can get one for cheap, the UE Triple Fi 10s. How will these fare with my musical and other preferences? Any other suggestions within the budget are also welcome........
Thanks in advance