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UPDATE: This is sold.
Selling my Westone UM3X.  Had these for a few months now, great condition.  Have a number of tips (I think 4-5 sets).  Case, airplane adapter, cleaning tool all included.  Don't know warranty information (I bought them used).  I will ship USPS Priority small flat rate box (original box doesn't fit that box so it's not included.  This costs $5.35 in the US.  Shipping covered by buyer.  Paypal gift highly preferred or add 2.9%, see my feedback.   PM away.
Just discovered this based on a recommendation: http://www.zoekeating.com/projects.html   Listen to the first three tracks sampled there.  Sublime!
  Oh man, don't even get me started on that one.  
  Kjk, yes I compared them to the UM3X as well as the B2 (DBA-02 clone) which I have owned for a long time (no longer do).  Also in house were a pair of Stax IEMs (SR-003 + 252S energizer).  My expectations are based on those, plus the sum of my experiences with all my phones, including the top full size phones.     However, when listening to the CX 985, I mostly had the Brainwavz B2 in mind, which is the only sub-$200 IEM I hold in really high regard for how hard it...
Didn't even realize they sell those, will have to get some.  Thanks, Project86.
One thing I completely overlooked when I bought the Invicta was the lack of a traditional RCA-type coax input.  Those with CD transports will have to settle for optical input.  Depending on the quality of your transport, this may or may not be a problem.  The 350C I use really sounds dope, even with optical.  I tried some other transports and found it totally lackluster.     SD card does beat optical, but just by a bit.  Optical sounds flatter, more cohesive, and...
It's an esoteric technology, the prices make sense to me.  Also, the absolute minimum you can spend is around $550 when Amazon auto-pricing decides to drop the ESP950s that low.  As far as what Stax "should do", they do as they damn well please, that much they have made clear.  They have, on multiple occasions, proven that they're willing to drive the company to the brink just to push the envelope & create a better headphone.  In true shokunin fashion, I don't think they...
Just post below to sign up for a chance to "win."   I only require that you pay shipping which is - $5.35 in the US (Paypal gift only) or $16.95 outside the US (again, Paypal gift only).  I will use a USPS small flat rate Priority box to ship.  I cannot fit the original box inside the flat rate box, so that isn't included.  It comes with carrying pouch, tips, cleaning tip, a clip thing and the manual.  I have a total of less than 1-2 hours on these.  I got them free...
Here are my thoughts on design/build. These came nicely packaged, accessories; all that jazz you read in the review.  The mostly metal construction is sturdy but the angled stem (metal strain relief) design creates (IMO) an unnecessary stress point.  In all my years of owning IEMs, I have stepped on mine more than once (stumbling around in my room).  Do the same at the wrong angle with the CX 985, and you're likely to break it.     [To be fair, stepping on IEMs does...
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