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 Haven't tried the FX850 but the A83 and SM64 are both solid options.The A83 is a lot more efficient but you shouldn't have any problems driving either (unless you want ear-splitting volumes straight out of your iPhone, which the SM64 won't do).
  They're certainly up there in soundstage size for an IEM. The 7550 is warmer than the other two and might be a better match for what you're after, both tonally and in note thickness, but the extra treble of the EX1000 gives it a slight edge in airiness and soundstaging. In either case they're neither thin nor thick-sounding, really. If you compare them to a set of Beats Tours 2.0s or an RHA T10i both will sound thin, but if you compare them a VSonic VC1000 or Rock-It...
 DN-23 is warm and smooth but it won't really have the clarity you're used to with the Xcape Full review here: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/dunu-dn-23-landmine/ Something like a Shure SE215, SteelSeries Flux In-Ear, or Sony MH1C will get you closer to Xcape performance level and sound signature, and if you want to switch things up you have even more good options, like the VSonic VSD3S and Havi B3 ProI.
 Missed this before. I use an Azio BTD-V400 USB transmitter (CSR chipset, aptX-enabled). Lately I've also been using a Creative W1, which is similar in performance but a hell of a lot easier to use.  I can relate to the "unnatural" partwhen it comes to the XBA-4 but it would be a good start to figure out whether you thought the XBA-4 sounded to small because it's the XBA-4, or because you're so used to larger headphones and speakers that IEMs won't do it for you. Some...
 7550 has the same isolation as the MDR-EX600/EX1000 reviewed in this thread. It doesn't really leak sound, but it lets a good amount of external noise in. It's actually similar to the EX1000 in performance, too, but with a warmer, smoother, slightly less clear and detailed but arguably more tonally natural sound. I don't think they sound very intimate (in the sense that they are pretty spacious) but the mids are not recessed and other than that they fit your requirements...
 Due to some of the tuning solutions implemented in the IE800 I think it may have more variance in the treble region for listeners than most IEMs. I personally found it a little thin and splashy. The K3003 is not exactly a hallmark of smoothness what with the TWFK driver and all, but it's not splashy or tizzy (and you also have the three tuning ports, which affect treble most strongly, to play with). Soundstaging is a close call. I would probably still give the nod to the...
If anyone wants a chance at a free NarMoo R1M, we're giving some away: http://theheadphonelist.com/the-great-narmoo-r1m-giveaway/ . Sadly the R1M is not a K3003, but still a fun variable-tuning earphone. 
 Hmm... good question. The Noble 4S and UM Miracle are slightly different takes on neutral sound than the SD-2. The SD-2 tends to be a little darker than neutral to my ear, in part due to that forgiving treble you're talking about. The Miracle leans a bit in the opposite direction. I still think it' quite smooth, but it's definitely brighter, to the point where I wouldn't call it forgiving. The 4S is more of a compromise between the Miracle and SD-2. It has a brighter...
 I think the wireless in-ear market is a very inviting one right now but it seems like there are a lot of challenges with the compact designs. I'm sure more and more companies will enter the market (heck, even RBH is going for a wireless in-ear) and more and more will deliver a decent product, but it might not be the first-gen effort. Still, more choices is always better as long as there's some way of sifting through the options. 
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