How are these (at least initially) at bringing you into the music (along with the music, itself)? It seems that there is at least one area that makes a headphone (IEM) engaging: SE530 midrange, PFE treble/sparkle, etc.
Do these seem to have that ability (at least with some recordings)? Its nice connecting with those songs that hit you with goosebumps/make your toes tap...
When I have been listening to these (I have been listening even though I am burning them in), going from the IE8 to the C710 I don't like the C710's presentation, as it sounds hollow and bright. But after I adjust to the sound sig it does sound very good for $100, better than the $125 PFE IMO and better than the Turbines even though the sound sig is much different.
However, going from theC710 to the IE8 I don't feel the same way I do switching the other way. And tonight the soundstage width is similar, but the IE8 is winning out. The C710 sounds about 3-5 rows behind the IE8 in the concert hall. I am using a different source though, the AMP3 as a DAP vs. the Fuze ->LOD -> AMP3.