So a little background. I'm currently living in Bangkok, and have recently purchased a Grado SR80i. I am, however, now looking for earbuds/IEMs for whenver I'm on the road. Due to me living in Thailand, my choices are somewhat limited (and expensive, think all audiophile headphones cost twice as much now.) So I'm humbly asking the people of head-fi for some assistance as I know very little about selecting a quality headphone. My selection of earphones/IEMs comes form a specialty store in BKK known as Mongkong Gadget. http://www.munkonggadget.com/product_164487_th That's the site. My first question is, should I go for IEM's or earbuds? I have copious amounts of wet ear wax that really annoyed me when I used the apple IEM's a long long long time ago. However, I do like the isolation that they provide. My understanding is that IEM's have a narrower sound stage but overall has better sound quality. Is this correct? 2nd, I'm going to be using it mainly for my Ipod. I'm a slight bass head but I do find High's and mid to be important also (Used the ADH700 for a long time.) What does head-fi recommend? At the moment, I'm looking at the AK 3's Sennheiser mx 580, but my favorite has def meet the Bose IEM2 (I know right? But they're slightly out of my price range. Is there anything comparable but for cheaper?) I'm having trouble finding an acceptable balance between bass and highs/mids Thanks, a noobie EDIT: I forgot to add, my price range is under a $100s.