1. I heard what seemed to be a breaking in, but if so was probably the cable.
2. The olives must be discarded (at least with my canals). Foams are the only way to go. Night and day. Foams produce smooth, natural treble. Olives sound like a resonance exists -- a bit bright, edgy, even sibilant at times.
3. I posted a review here.
Edited by Stoney - 1/3/12 at 7:00pm