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Too polite ... that's exactly the adjective that came to mind as I made my way back from my usual bicycle/exercise outing -- an activity in which I use a DAP, headphone amp, and IEMs. Indeed, if one needs driving beat, pace and rhythm -- and one has heard IEMs better capable of these sonic attributes (IE8s, FX700, etc.) -- then these activities are much less enjoyable (and more chore-like) with the "wrong" cans. Not what I want.  In fact, I very rarely just listen to...
Agree that they are not "fast", at least compared to IE8. Still, a lot of folks/reviewers note that SM3s are fast and dynamic. Dunno what to say about that??!!   SM3v2's are, IMO anyway, ... too tame, too gentle, & too afraid to bite (when biting and violence seems appropriate). In one (simple, unsophisticated but IMO accurate) word, they're boring. That said, they are quite lush, with "good" bloom. They are like a rich/dense holiday cake (fruit  and nut cake) that you...
I've been wondering why the German/Austrian heavyweights of headphone design -- AKG, beyer, Senn -- haven't offered too many choices in high-end IEMs. Then, I saw this ... http://www.inearmatters.net/2011/06/akg-getting-serious.html ...  http://eu.akg.com/akg-k3003-eu.html  US$1500 is no chump change. Hopefully, the technology AKG uses for this high-end model will trickle down to something more affordable. BTW (and speaking of "German" transducers), my fave 'fones may be...
You've pointed out some important aspects of human psychology. One thing that the human mind gravitates toward is to come to some sort of "final" end-of-the-day decision (no matter how right or wrong it may ultimately be) -- so we don't waste time dwelling on stuff and get on with other important aspects of our lives. To save face (may be they genuinely believe it or it's confabulation or cognitive dissonance) humans will also defend their position to the hilt. To be...
If you're suggesting customizing the SM3s specifically ... yes, this WILL help with certain sonic attributes such as sound-staging, imaging/focus, bass "tightness". But, it WON'T really help with help with most of attributes of which I was critical. Notably, dynamics, speed and the midrange "hump".    
Actually, I did read up -- tho' not exhaustively. I wanted midrange smoothness, fullness, "lushness". Perhaps a tube-like or warm/romantic sound that SM3's seem to be decent at (and that IE8s marginally lack). I thought my fast solid-state electronics and other PRATty front-end gear would somewhat let me have and eat some of that perfect cake. But the real world has a way of, well, putting you in the real world ... To wit: A few hours after I wrote my initial "review"...
Just got 'em...   Will wait for a week or two before writing a more comprehensive review...but based on prelim. impressions (and compared to my all-time fave 'phone, IE-8) ... ...folks, I can't speak (er ... hear) for y'all (we all have diff. ears/brains/tastes, tho' IEMs tend to bypass the OUTER-ear hearing diffs)... but I really don't see what all the fuss is about with the EM3 (v2 or not)! Compared to IE8, the major flaw I noted is a...
If they do, yikes! After encountering so many glowing reports for the SM3s, I just ordered some SM3v2's (this will be my first dip into the Earsonics pool, and a not-too-confident return to "BA sound"). 2 1/2 yrs ago, I got a pair of IE8s -- after using SE500/530s since late 2006 (and some E2C for about a year before that). The IE8s, while not perfect (esp. WRT isolation), IMO mostly blow away SE530s. Now, I absolutely can't tolerate the top-end Shures -- against the...
I'll be curious how it compares/contrasts to Head-Direct RE-262 (RE-272), IE-8 and Westone 4, Ortofon eQ-7 and Audio-Technica CK-100
Yeah, my 2nd (Shure-replaced) se530's cables started to stiffen (and then break) only 9mos after they replaced them (I used them 1-2 hrs/day). I originally bought 500s, but their cables went after about 10mos. Shure replaced them with 530s.    Also have E2Cs -- same horrible cable issue. After I got my Sennheiser IE8s (a better IEM in almost every aspect except isolation) -- 2.5 years ago -- I stopped using Shures altogether.   
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