All true for the mids and bass, but still so very far ahead of average among sub-$50 IEMs (except maybe the bass bloat)
I'm not really surprised by that Piston score. I expected it to score somewhere circa mh1 though to put things into perspective my first pairs of mh1c cost me $15 and the mh1 I got months into the hype still cost me like $25, so I can't just say "WOW, I have never heard anything like this for only 20 bucks".
Of course, the Piston's hype got a little bit out of hand with stuff like being the best sub-$100 iem, being better than all vsonics and that probably raised some expectations a bit too high.
I personally wasn't too impressed but I acknowledged that I can imagine someone liking them a lot if that's the type of sound he's looking for. My main issue with them was the bass. which is exactly the opposite of what I like - slow, lacking control and proper attack.
When writing the review that was pretty much my line of thinking - if only the sub-$25 MH1C supply on ebay hadn't run out, I would have been less impressed with the Pistons. I still prefer the MH1C, personally, but I think the Piston has more of a "wow" factor for the average listener.
BTW, the DN-2000 comparison was actually prompted by someone sending a PM asking whether the Piston is better .