How does your Ananda compares with your Hi-Fi setup, are you using Q5S to power these or using desktop amplifiers only.
Whole point of getting another IEM is to use it for my walking/jogging sessions for both indoor and outdoor. Some mixed weight training too.
I think IEM expensive or budget is pure consumption item and is not going to last forever unlike Headphones.
Haha, using XM3's currently and am not satisfied with its SQ. I highly doubt if these will sound better.
Would be like comparing apples to oranges , but as a matter of personal preference I like listening to my speaker setup more than Ananda ( preference in order of Speakers - HP - IEM). However during work days I tend to use my headphones more than speakers , As a HP Ananda are very engaging, have a wide soundstage (not as much as the AKG K/Q series) and the level of details is unparalleled. I have used both Q5S and my desktop amp to drive the Ananda, out of the entire lot of planars Ananda sound fairly good driven out of a portable setup as well but scale equally well with a good desktop setup. For your gym usage if you are hell bent on getting headphones, have a look at the Audeze Mobius too , they are easy to drive and sound decent (way better than the XM3) and have some good amount of features if you are to use them for gaming too & also stating the obvious focus on getting closed back since most of the open backs there are hard to drive out of phone/laptop directly (barring Hifiman Deva) for home usage and unsuitable for external world usage.
Amongst IEMs i have owned a Campfire Andromeda in the past which again dictated the need for its own chain to sound good and were quiet finicky , so I have sold all my collection & settled on a Ikko OH10 which are fairly easy to drive and also sound very good for the price.