As someone who has enjoyed music growing up, listening to hours of music at a time, I feel ashamed to say that I have never listed to my music with headphones that have costed more than $20. However, I now have a job and I have some money to spend on something a little more to enjoy my music. I understand that $120 is not that much for audiophile IEM's and there are definitely better headphones out there but I would rather save up some more money for some proper over ear headphones that would be much better for listening to music but I digress. I will try to share as much knowledge as I can to help you guys give me the best solution possible!
The IEM headphones will be mainly used at work, noise isolation needs to be good enough that I don't bother the people I sit by (however I am not sure that will be too much of a problem with IEM's). I work in a very quiet office where the majority of noise is generated by keyboard taps and the occasional cough.
I will be listening to music from my iPod Touch 5th Gen and also possibly from an Android phone (Nexus 4) and to reduce the amount of times I need to get my ipod out to change songs, I would like to be able to have inline controls of some sort.
My current pair of headphones are some Samsung branded headphones that were sold in a supermarket around the London Olympic games and they have the team GB logo on the ends of the IEM's. They have an inline controller and a microphone but I was unable to find out the official name for them or how much they were originally worth (my brother worked for the store and got a large discounted price).
I actually quite like these headphones, I have found them pretty good (but I am sure you audiophiles would tell me that they suck a lot...) and I personally really like the silicone tips rather than the rubbery sponge ones that can be found with some IEM's.
The best image I could find was this: now these are not the ones I own, but they look quite similar...
I mostly like to listen to Rock/Metal/Post-Hardcore but I enjoy many many types of music, from classical to jazz to country. Here are some examples:
Four Year Strong - Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell (Pop-Punk / Melodic Hardcore)
Avenged Sevenfold - Afterlife (Heavy Metal)
A Day To Remember - Since U Been Gone (Post-Hardcore)
Jason Becker - Altitudes (Neo-Classical)
Guthrie Govan - Waves (Jazz Fusion)
I have seen some recommendations for the following headsets but I am not sure if they still hold up today, if there are better headphones or if you guys would recommend something else, id like to get some opinions :)
SteelSeries In-Flux (I am not sure if the In-Flux Pro's are worth the extra cost or not?)
my price range is flexible, I am open to suggestions :)
Thank you and nice to meet you all!