You could wait a few weeks (hopefully) for the release of the new Westone 3 ($400); the cords on the westone's is phenomenal (and SQ should not be any disappointment, as Westone's previous models are well praised).
spend another $100 and get the custom es2 or another $400 for the UE-10. going custom, to me, was the best decision i could make in terms of IEM's. the UE-10 still amazes me to this day (i've had it for about 3 months).
Originally Posted by tk3 /img/forum/go_quote.gif People complaining about the cable, are you saying that it has poor durability, or that it is uncomfortable?
It's thick, heavy, and the connector in the middle is inconvenient(imo) I liken the connector to a boat anchor.
I found them to pull on my ears. I liked the sound of the e500 but hated the cable.
I now have westone es2 and they are so much better...i know it sounds ridiculous, but SPEND the extra money. They are worth it. customs are awesome.
FYI, I use my es2 only for commuting and travelling.
if you have the loot go for the UE10 perhaps. I find the es2 to give me everything I want, need, or will want or need. I use them straight out of a nano 8gb using 320k files and have absolutely no complaints. An Ultra light, highly isolating, extremely pleasureable commuting package. For critical listening an amp may be called for due to the hiss you'll hear in quiet conditions with music that is not overly loud.
If you can't tell I'm positively thrilled with my customs. They were exactly what I was looking for. $640 for commuting happiness. I find it amusing when people get stressed when the trains get screwed up...if they just relaxed some and listened to music. I get HAPPY because that means I have more time to listen