(Original post by Gofre)
If you're after in-ears then you're not really going to be able to audition any unfortunately, too much of a hygiene issue for most places ):
The Atomic Floyd range are all very much a V shaped sound signature, which means enhanced bass and tribe at the expense of recessed midrange, very
recessed in the case of the Superdarts. What this means is they're likely to be a very fun listen for hip hop and rnb, but a poor choice for lyrically driven genres like rap and gospel because it's in the midrange that the majority of vocals are presented. I wouldn't go for them personally. Ety's triple flange tips do look a bit intimidating, and I don't like them personally although that's just because I have unusually short ear canals (Something I found out when being fit for a pair of custom IEMs). Most people find them great once they get over the strangeness of triple flange tips, although you could always replace them with aftermarket tips (Comply foam tips, for example, are an excellent way of getting more out of any headphone). However Ety's offerings are known for being somewhat anaemic at the low end, which may not be suitable if you're looking for something with a lot of bass impact.
I would personally go for the Klipsch Image X10i from Amazon for £168. They're a balanced armature headphone which are typically a class above standard dynamic IEMs in terms of accuracy and detail, whilst also putting out plenty of bass when needed. They're supposed to be a very warm headphone, which especially suits gospel and rnb music very nicely.
A couple of other options worth looking into:
-Monster Turbine Pro Gold can be found for about the same price as the X10is on Amazon. Also a great sounding IEM but for different reasons. They're dynamic headphones so won't match the X10is on detail retrieval and accuracy, but will be able to put out bigger and more authoritative bass without leaking into the midrange. Build quality is also supposed to be better.
-The Audeo Phonak PFE 122 are another fantastic option because of their versatility. They come with changeable filters which alter the sound signature, with one set being neutral and mid-friendly, and another that puts emphasis on the lows and highs to produce the fun V shape sound signature I mentioned before, but the mids retain a lot more clarity (There's also an extra bassy set of filters that can be ordered from their website) than is typically found in headphones with that signature. Coupled with the included silicone and foam tips you can play around with different combinations and create an enormous range of different sound profiles until you find the one that you think suits your music best. They're only £130 but they're really tremendous for that price, I use mine alongside my £400 customs regularly and prefer them for certain genres. Better still, for the next three days you can get them from www.hifiheadphones.co.uk
for half price at £65 using this code.
They're regarded as one of the best sub-£150 headphones as it is, there's literally nothing that sounds better for under £70. That leaves you with over £100 that could be put towards something else, or perhaps a set of over/on ear headphones for variety. The downsides are that the cable has to be worn in an over-ear fashion
which some people dislike (I actually prefer it, and it practically eliminates cable noise), they don't have the same luxury feel as the two above options, and won't be able to put out the same level of bass as the above two without muddying up the sound signature.
A final wildcard option to consider would be the Minerva Mi-1 custom in-ear
headphones. They come in at bang on £175 for the headphones and audiologist appointment to get fitted for them. They look somewhat odd out the ear (Although the picture on the website is particularly unflattering, better pictures can be found here
and some people don't like the look of them when worn,
and there's no iPhone remote either if that's really a deal breaker for you. However what you do get is exceptional fit, comfort and isolation- there is literally no better type of headphone, of any description, for noise isolation than silicone custom IEMs- and above all superb sound. I bought my customs (Their triple driver flaship) from Minerva and the whole process is quite cool, there's nothing quite as personal as getting headphones fit exactly to your ear =P bass response, like the Phonaks, won't match the first two options I listed in terms of bass presence, but the overall sound signature will be a step above most other things in this price range.
Those would be my main choices. Any would be great, it's just a case of your priorities [= Regarding your headphones breaking, is the issue the sound in one ear or the other cutting out by any chance?
EDIT: looking back at the post, it's fairly obvious which of the above headphone brands I personally own