So, I have been looking for a few months and sooner or later I’m going to end up making a (large for me) purchase. My goal is to spend less than $200, because I am going off to college this upcoming year. If there is something that costs between $200-400 that would meet my goals as well, then I can try to push my budget.
First thing’s first, I have no clue whether or not I want to get new headphones or iems. Currently at home, I run Foobar2000 --> Liquid Spark --> SHP9500 or Tin T2s, and on the go I run Sony Walkman NW-A45 --> Tin T2s. I’d say I use my t2s more often, so that’s why I am leaning towards iems and I made a previous thread with recommendations for some $200-$400 priced iems. I’m perfectly fine without a stationary DAC at home, because I’ll get one eventually but I don’t need it now.
I am into orchestral music, lofi/hip hop as well as lots and lots of Anime OSTs. Even though I don’t have much experience, I would prefer a warm/bright blend with a tint of punchy bass. No pair of iems or headphones can ever be perfect, but I’m sure there’s something out there in my price range that gets as close as possible.
From the previous post I made, I have taken a look at the Tin p1s, Fiio FH7s/FH5s, Ikko OH10/OH1s, Kanas Pros, iBasso IT04 and Moondrop Kxxs. On my own, I have taken a loot at the Hifiman 4xxs, 400is as well as the Audeze LCD-2Cs (which are out of my price range atm). Thank you for reading this far and thanks in advance for any help!