Something interesting I noticed yesterday after listening to my Eterna for the first time in a week after receiving the Westone 2, the Eterna really seem to hold up compared to the W2. Yes, the W2 is less coloured, but I'm not hearing the huge difference I was expecting after being used to the W2. I mean, I wasn't missing much detail that was there with the W2 in the big picture. The W2 retails at a bit less than $200 more than the Eternas price. I think what I'm noticing here is the law of diminishing returns in effect, and the Eterna being a good value. I thought people must be crazy to prefer their Eterna to the IE8, which is a top tier IEM, but I think I'm seeing why now.
Yes, of course, the W2 is better and more accurate and a bit clearer, just nowhere near the difference I was expecting compared to how something $50 can blow stock buds out of the water. I love the W2, and personally it has the perfect bass, so while I can easily listen to the Eterna and love it to death even after having the W2, I've found that I like an ever so slightly slightly bass-light and otherwise neutral sound sig, and that is why the W2 is still a keeper.
This isn't intended to be an Eterna ad, rather simply my recent experience with the law of diminishing returns. Would I take the Eterna over the W2? No, because I have found the sound signature that is perfect for me in the W2, and the W2 is a class above. I'm just pointing out the fact that your dollar can go a long ways nowadays with all these value options out there.
ClieOS: Any ETA on the CKS70 review? Seeing as you like the Eterna I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on the differences between these seemingly very similar IEMs.