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  I agree with you. Headphones with more metal in it looks more premium. Still, I am dying to have a listen to the HD700 despite all the negative feedback.   No, I'm not referring the thread derailment to the comments on the HD700. I should have quoted the statements referring the HD700 and LCD-2 looking like cheap pieces of plastic/wooden crap and unfortunately some people might have been caught by the flame bait.
  Hello.    You might want to try the HD600 to gain those edges, but DT880's soundstage is noticeably bigger so it's a trade off.
  I agree. The Ed 8 isn't as good as the HD800, T1 or even its younger siblings. It's probably why they are not mentioned a lot here at Head-Fi.
Portability: IEM > Headphones. Smaller, easier to carry. Build Quality: Generally, headphones, especially monitoring headphones, have a much tougher build. IEMs are fragile. Comfort: Headphones can often be used for an extended period of time. Having something in the ear canal isn't comforting for some/most. Life: Headphones last longer than IEMs in my experience. IEMs tend to break within 3 - 4 years (detachable cables extend its life though). Modding:...
Here's an article/review of the HD600 in 2002, the time when it's Sennheiser's very own flagship. Oh how times have gone by.    http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun02/articles/sennheiserhd600.asp
  The IE8 have smooth gently rolled off treble like the HD650. OP wants "an IEM that has the clarity and balance of the westone 4 but the bass and sound stage of the Sennheisers and from what iv read the IE8/80 and ex1000 are my best options." W4 is the one that should be eliminated given his requirements - bass and soundstage is not a strong point of the W4.   Haven't heard the EX1000 but looking at reviews, the EX1000 may sound better than the IE8/x. The EX1000 is a...
Without an amp and plugged into an ipod, I say that the M50 still sounds better than the HD25. Something that hasn't been mentioned here is that the HD25 has recessed mids and soundstage is awfully small.
Why not convert them to ALAC? It's the same thing as FLAC but more convenient if you're an iDevice user.
Funny thread! But anyway, the HD600 is probably lower hi-end. Saying it's mid-fi sounds like it is similar to the M50, SRH840 which the HD6x0/DT880 clearly isn't.   @OP Go for the HD800 if you don't mind the $$$. It's a good upgrade in terms of soundstage, clarity and resolution but don't expect unicorns to sing. 
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