The wires on my beloved VSONIC VC02 earphones finally are starting to short out, and I'd really appreciate suggestions for replacement IEMs, in a sub-$50 price range (the cheaper the better). I listen to a wide variety of music, and I'd like something similar that can handle both relaxed music, (e.g., ambient/downtempo, classical, soft vocal pop, 40s jazz), and more aggressive music, like symphonic rock/metal, 80s goth, and darkwave. Balance is a big issue for me, as is clarity; I like to hear all the tiny details.
I honestly can't decide if I should stick with the horse that brung me and get a replacement set of VC02s, or try something new. Any suggestions would be hugely appreciated.