I'm on the hunt for a new pair of IEMS, and was looking for some advice on what would be suitable for someone of my tastes, and budget. My pair of Etymotic ER6i IEMS finally died (They will be missed). I really enjoyed the fairly flat response, and clarity of the mids, of these earphones, despite the lack of base, so I'm hoping to find something similar for a cheaper price. I understand these days that some of the cheaper IEMS can compete (on some levels) with the more expensive IEMS in the market. This is what I'm looking for. I currently have a pair of xiaomi pistons (v2), and for the price, I have to say I'm impressed.
However, I really have to jam them into my ears to get a good seal, and for me, the bass seems to drown the mids too much. I've been reading various posts on the carbo tenore, carbo basso, and ostry KC06A. Seems for under $100 mark, the tenores deliver great sound, especially the mids (if I've remembered correctly). I'm all for clarity, so crystal clear mids are my preference, over detailed bass. Would the tenores be my best choice? If, by chance, I can buy something that's noticeably better, for and extra $40 (above the tenores), I'd def consider that.