Hello Head-Fi! I'm getting ready to start back in graduate school after working full time this last year, and I would like to treat myself to a modest set of IEMs to compliment my Alessandro MS2i's. Unfortunately with how much time I spend at work, the gym, and library they do not get the love that they once did. Below is a list of what i've found from searching, and my proposed source setup. Hopefully someone with similar genre interests can help me make my final decisions, looking to purchase the source and IEMs sometime in August.
Budget: Sub $200 for the IEMs
Source: RockBox'd Sansa Clip + / Clip Zip & 32GB MicroSD
Isolation: Decent, doesn't have to be completely isolated
Type of Headphone: IEM (CIEMs are out of my budget unfortunately)
Tonal Balance: Warmish / Fast decent bass & treble, not a bass or treble head per say
Past Headphones: Grado SR-225 / Etymotic ER-6i / Alessandro MS2i
Genres: Metal & Alt Rock
So far in my research i've come across these:
I don't strictly speaking need a new source, i'm just tired of my old iPod and would like something smaller. The cheapness of the Sansa and the ability to add a MicroSD card is extremely appealing. I do not intend to use additional amplification because this is going with me to the gym and everywhere else i'll be going.
I accidentally posted this thread in the wrong sub forum originally, I have flagged the other for deletion. My apologies.