I'm finally ready to retire my Pioneer HDJ-2000's, and this time I'm looking for a set of IEMs.
My budget is up to $350, I'd like something a bit warmer than my current headphones. After nearly 5 years with them, that clinical sound is just not working for me anymore. I work in an office full of programmers, so I get to 'audition' a bunch of different headphones, and the ones that are closest to the sound profile I'm looking for are the VModa M-100. I'd like just a smidge more bass, but other than that, those headphones tick all the boxes. I'm looking for better Isolation, and no more sweaty ear cups. That's why I don't just go out and buy the VModas (or the M50x's) right now.
I've tried the following models:
Shure SE425s (NO, too flat),
Sennheiser HD280 Pro (Meh, nothing special, they're decent but didn't blow me away),
Allen and Heath XD2-53 (Somewhere between my headphones and the HD280s),
Audio Technica M50x (A VERY VERY slightly worse version of the VModas)
Bose QC15 (Actually not too bad, I was very surprised with these after all the crap I hear people talk. I just couldn't deal with the pressure feeling from the noise canceling)
VModa M-100 (Damn close to what I'm looking for).
To be honest, I'm thinking about going way under budget and getting the Shure SE215s. I've heard they're super nice even though they're a lower end product than most of the headphones I've listened to.
Others on the short list are the Sennheiser IE80s and the RHA T10i. Anything else I should be checking into?