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And another quick Q: What would an IEM (good for gaming, music, movies, isolation) and better tips, an amp, and whatever else you all think is necessary for good sound/comfort, run me?
I'm going to college in the fall (BOOYAH) and want something that can do everything for a few years. I'm hoping that my QC3s will bring in around 220-260$ on Ebay (its what they are going for) so thats what I have for the total package. Also, I like bass. Lots of bass. Just thought I'd mention that.
    
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I don't think there are any IEMs that are good for gaming, considering the lack of soundstaging with them. The best IEM soundstage is probably not as good as the soundstage with the HD555. If you want closed cans, take a look at the ATH-A700 and ATH-A900, if you budget allows it, the Denon D2000 would be good as well.
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And another quick Q: What would an IEM (good for gaming, music, movies, isolation) and better tips, an amp, and whatever else you all think is necessary for good sound/comfort, run me?
I'm going to college in the fall (BOOYAH) and want something that can do everything for a few years. I'm hoping that my QC3s will bring in around 220-260$ on Ebay (its what they are going for) so thats what I have for the total package. Also, I like bass. Lots of bass. Just thought I'd mention that.
I'm in the same boat as you for bass. From what I've read, the headphones that have the best bass/quantity/defined are as such

Shure SE530>Denon AH-C700>Super.Fi 5EB > Denon AH-C551k

Lots of IEM have defined bass, but if you're like me you want punch, thickness, warmth, presence and most importantly quantity. The Shures are pretty high on the chart of IEM's [only a few cost more then that, but they are muscian/audio creator level] they can be found new on eBay for 300$, retailers usually 400-500$.

I'd say you're better off getting two sets of cans, because if you get the SE530's and they don't produce the soundstaging or transients you want from IEM's, I don't want you to feel you should have gone cans and IEMS. I say, the HD555's for gaming/home and a pair of Denon C700's [can be found for 100-140$ New in box] IEM for on the go.

Also, I've read the shure E4c are the best you can get for IEM gaming. and their SQ is pretty awesome, they cost about 170$ as well.
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Well i guess ill just have to pick up 2 differnt ones for their respective jobs. The HD555s for music/gaming and some Shures or somthing for IEMs. Thanks all.
    
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I'm in the same boat as you for bass. From what I've read, the headphones that have the best bass/quantity/defined are as such

Shure SE530>Denon AH-C700>Super.Fi 5EB > Denon AH-C551k

Lots of IEM have defined bass, but if you're like me you want punch, thickness, warmth, presence and most importantly quantity. The Shures are pretty high on the chart of IEM's [only a few cost more then that, but they are muscian/audio creator level] they can be found new on eBay for 300$, retailers usually 400-500$.

I'd say you're better off getting two sets of cans, because if you get the SE530's and they don't produce the soundstaging or transients you want from IEM's, I don't want you to feel you should have gone cans and IEMS. I say, the HD555's for gaming/home and a pair of Denon C700's [can be found for 100-140$ New in box] IEM for on the go.

Also, I've read the shure E4c are the best you can get for IEM gaming. and their SQ is pretty awesome, they cost about 170$ as well.
The SE530s are bass monsters indeed. Having owned the E4c, I wouldn't really recommend it for gaming, the sound is very flat and accurate, but in your head as opposed to around you, but that's a fault with most IEMs. Soundstage wise I honestly feel that the E4c had a smaller soundstage than the SR60s, the SE530 should have a much better soundstage for gaming. I've also read that the UE lines have very good soundstaging as well, the UE 11 Pro probably has the best soundstage of all IEMs, but that's also $1200.
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I recommend the Etymotic ER-6i for traveling in a plane or bus etc. When I went on vacation to Costa Rica a few months ago, they helped me immensely on the plane. They are relatively cheap, have amazing sound quality and sound canceling, and if used correctly have very nice bass for an ear canal headphone. If you do decide to get them here is a tip: wrap the wire one around your ear. That way when you walk/move vibrations will be kept to a minimum and reduce annoying sounds traveling up the wire into your ear.

http://www.headphone.com/products/he...r-6i-black.php

For home I say go with the HD 555s. I also have a pair and love them.
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