I got tired of the midbass hump and found that it made the mid's fairly recessed at times, or the mids are just tuned that way. The graphs say it all to be honest. As recessed as people say the vocals are on the TF10's I found them less recessed than the IE8's by a pretty large margin. I loved the IE8's though, I wouldn't shy away if you can live with vocals being recessed at times. The soundstage was staggering though, very impressive for an IEM, I miss that about them a lot. I have kind of been more onto cans lately though, now that I'm not going to and from school right now and working a job where IEM's aren't an option. I do most of my listening at home. I'm listening to my JVC FXT90's (love these things) right now though. IEM's always have a place in my heart and I still really want customs. Enough of that though. Anyways... like above, equalizing them really balances them out, but I'm a purist so I don't like EQing... I like to hear things the way they came. I will EQ in a vehicle when setting up a system but that's entirely different in my opinion. If you have no problem EQing then pick up the IE8's, or just listen as is. The goods outweigh the bads by miles. Wish I still had them, like I said, sold them to my father, on top of that though they got stolen when he was in Quebec so I can't audition them anymore :(
A few months ago I believe I mentioned here that I found the 5.5g ipod video rockboxed, as one of the best source for bass heavy gear, such as the W3 and IE8. Chances are you find one on ebay in perfect condition under $100, well worth the investment. Just set the gain +2 for the bass and +4 for treble and you good to go, leave everything else at default settings. That will be the end of the mid bass hump for your IE8s. In fact, you will be tempted to open up the bass port on the ear pieces. The player would be a lot cheaper than some of the popular cable upgrades for the monitors. I would also want to mention that the IE8 or W3 has the best synergy from the player mentioned, for the TF10 I would not recommend it. The big blue plugs perform their best when you LOD an iBasso D2 or even the tiny T4 to your iphone.