Recently I sold my Meelec A161P (wasn't really satisfied with the build quality, cable, etc). I'm looking for a good replacement around 100 USD.
What am I looking for?
- A good overall performer with clarity and good stage representation
- Suitable for the following genres:
- rock, classic rock mainly from the 70s, 80s - Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, Kansas, Journey, Dire Straits
- metal - rather the rhytmic from the 90s, not the ultra brutal line - Pantera, metallica, Running Wild, Iron Maiden
- some new rock and metal bands after 2000 - Korn, 3 doors down, Creed, Disturbed, Guano Apes, Trivium
- symhonic metal - Nigthwish, Within Temptation
What are the expectations?
- Preferably detailed mids with a warm sound signature fitting for instrumental music
- Clarity - detailed sounds, good separation of instruments
- I'm not a bass head, but would be good if the new player is able to provide at least a little better stage representation than the Meelec A161P. I really liked it's sound clarity, but sometimes I just found it too flat - the instruments sounded nice and clear, but I felt like everything was recorded in a narrow studio, could not really "imagine myself into the space"
- Decent build quality - durable and comfortable - preferably metal housing with a flexible cable, with a 180 degree jack plug - I just do not like 45 or 90 degree plugs, not omfortable in a pocket - usually listening to music from my phone (HTC One X - planning to replace it alter to a ebtter player)
What did I found so far?
- Creative Aurvana In-Ear3
- RHA MA750i - I like this the most, the build quality would be exactly the same what I'm looking for. Not sure though if it would fit to the above mentioned music
- Rockit R50 - not so happy about the cable, don't want to end up like with the Meelec
What do you think, is RHA a bad decision here ? Or are there any other recommended items I'm not aware of ? I checked the discovery thread, but do not want to experience with such items where there were only 1-2 reviews made
thanks in advance