This are not the first varried opinions on the mids placement. Some found them nice, forward and syrupy than the UM2 and some, like Spyro and Catscratch, found them slightly recessed. I wonder how is this? Could be source dependent? Music?
By the way, I used them with a Sony A829 and iPod Touch 2G (no eq applied), and I didn't hear a recessed midrange at all. If it was any more forward, it would have been too much. It's more forward than the Trips and less forward than the IE8, which is just about the perfect balance for me.