The connector on my god tier Sony MDR-A44's has finally given up, where I have to hold the wire to get sound from the left. Still, not bad for over 20 years of use! From what I understand, most people like a V shaped sound, with recessed mids, but it's not for me. I struggle to hear the vocals, so I turn it up, then the bass is booming and the highs are piercing, and usually everything is too warm too. Are there any earbuds where I can get solid mids, neutral to slightly bright highs, and deep and definitely present (but never booming) bass... where everything is balanced together (nothing takes over, nothing takes a back seat)? I'm also looking for as efficient as possible, I'm used to the 108 dB/mW 16 ohm Sony's, and I'll be driving these with portable devices. My preference is for earbuds (the style that doesn't use the rubber tips), however, I realize that's probably too picky. Thanks for your help! p.s. If it's simply impossible to figure this out by a description, is it worth buying one of those headphone measuring devices like the miniDSP EARS, or would I end up still not finding a match?