Okay, I'll play one last time. But just to make it clear, I respect your opinions very much and I see your post as a positive, not a negative. As you said, they may not be perfect - but they do it well enough (90% success rate out your list of difficult or complex music). But, the above discovery still leaves many with questions and the naysayers with more ammo, as we are missing some important infos. So I ask
1. How do we know it isn't the iPod Touch that can't reproduce those two albums properly? If the answer is, "no phones can reproduce those albums properly", then try another source. If the answer is "because I have other phones that do it right using the touch", then go to #2.
2. Which IEM do reproduce those 2 specific albums better? If you have one that does, share that with us along with which albums that IEM does not do as well as the W3 - and see if we're at 90% still. If the answer is "none I have heard yet", then go to #3.
3. If not reproduced better by another IEM, what full size phones do play those specific albums properly (with the touch)? If the answer is, "the $399 W3 don't do it as well as my $1500 Edition 9 or any electrostatic", then I ask "is there nothing less expensive to beat them?". If the answer is, "not for $400 or less", then I rest my case (no #4)
fact is they are not perfect and not ''better'' than anything else in its price range, like we all keep saying its not about whats best but what you prefer. westone 3 is not ''better'' than the triple fi 10, or the senn IE8, or the shure se530. and this is a fact...you may prefer them but that dont make them better in any way, i think alot of head fi members need to start realising this.
no offence, i do agree with what your saying, it could well be down to something else other than the headphones but theres no need to pick at straws when somebody points out a flaw.