Hi James, not a hint of doubt of your great review, but have you tried running in the CK100 for a bit? The CK100s were quite different in around 6 months for me. Its mids and highs worked incredibly well with my Nokia N97 but the bass is as you say like knocking on the door. On my N97 the smoothness of mids and highs are never experienced in any other IEMs by me. Just wonder whether Ortofon eq7 can beat that? If so I am going to get a pair during the holidays. On the other hand if I connect the CK100 to my notebook, the bass comes back to life, and the bass is better than my TF10 Pro and SE530 on the same source (definitely much deeper than SE530's bass), probably due to proper amping when compared with the N97. But when they are connected to my laptop, I notice the mids are a bit recessed as said in your review. I've yet to find a source which can provide the CK100 with the bass like my notebook does (Acer 1810TZ) and not losing its beautiful mids and highs which are only apparent which it is connected to N97 or Cowon D2. CK100 is my favorite so far (I have er4p, SE530, TF10 Pro, Westone 3, and auditioned IE8 and X10) - would Ortofon E-Q7 be even better?