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Unless there was one years ago and I couldn't find it, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about headphones in a thread dedicated to them. In the last four or five months, I've bought (and sold) several pairs, figuring out exactly what I like in fit, sound, style, and function. I now have headphones for work/on-the-go, home (computer), home (video game system), and for recording music. I've learned that I much prefer over-ear to anything else. What I'm looking for now is a decent pair of IEMs, but I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out how to get them to fit right. I figured I'd start with a cheap pair - I got some MEElectronics M-Duos from the recent Massdrop, and I'm just playing around with them to figure out what fit works. But also, from what I have been able to listen to, these IEMs are not all that impressive sound-wise. Any experiences with different IEM tips (single/double/triple)? Obviously anything going in the ear is very personal, but I'm having trouble with getting them to stay in and not sound pretty bad (though again, it could be the relatively low quality of these IEMs - I'm thinking I'll try some Shure SE215, Hifiman RE-400, or something equivalent in order to see how they sound and feel).
I searched around and didn't see anything really dedicated to your daily-use travel / commuting IEM. Everyone seems to spend a lot of time with their cans / amps at home, but what do you use when you're on the move? There's a HUGE price spectrum for IEMs, presumably the high end of which is inconsequential considering the quality of music I assume most people are listening to on their phones while on the move. Although I appreciate the audiophile perspective on the rest of the sub-forum, I am looking for a more relaxed perspective here. I am in the market for a decent sounding IEM for my everyday commute. Comfort and sound are the two biggest factors, as they'll be spending a lot of time in my ears, and I'd like to get the best sound out of my - albeit limited - resource: iPhone 6, Spotify, Music, Podcasts. Don't shoot. Can't bring my turntable with me anyway. I'm in the ~$100 range. I also have relatively big ears that previous IEMs have had a hard time staying in. I listen to a decent variety of music... mostly punk / hardcore / indie / emo, some rap and hip hop, some electronic music. E.g., I want to hear instrumentation while listening to Fucked Up, get good punch listening to Danny Brown, and feel the warmth listening to Purity Ring. Although there are a lot of solid brands that have been cranking out mid-range consumer IEMs forever (Sennheiser, Shure, JBL, Sony), there are a lot of smaller companies, many overseas, that are putting out solid sounding IEMs are far more affordable prices (Brainwavz, Hifiman, MEElectronics). Who has experience with what? Some of the top choices I am considering are: Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear RHA MA750 Brainwavz B2 and, I hate to say it, Bose SoundTrue In-Ear I admit I could be completely off by sound profile having never actually tried any of these myself, so I'm looking for good suggestions with some examples / reasoning. Also, if this thread belongs merged elsewhere, I apologize. Otherwise, I hope you all have some good insight. Thanks!