Man, you guys suck. I just cleared out some of my full-size headphones and now I plop more down for IEMs. Maybe getting into a portable rig was a terrible idea after all...
Anyway, GR07s purchased. I'll probably keep the CK10s around until I get them, unless the Q-jays or the MTPC sound better than I expect them to. Hopefully everything arrives quickly.
LOL.. I think you'll be quite happy, Aflac. Out of the box, they definitely lean to the warmer side of things, midrange can feel a bit muffled, and the treble can sound a bit harsh.. fear not.. after 10 hours or so, you'll start to hear their true character.. after 100 hours, the treble fleshes out, gains sparkle, the bass tightens, gets impact, and has that wonderful texture, mids round to reveal some excellent timbre, and the entire FR gains a noticeable level of clarity.. at least to my ears. One thing I'm continually impressed by is for a smooth sounding phone, the GR07 possess a surprising level of crispness.. it's a dichotomy of sorts. Regardless, it makes for great listening.
I was kind of in the same boat as you in terms of being hesitant to throw down for another IEM I wasn't really sure I needed. Between the 003, 004, DBA, PR401, & Silver Bullet (FA fanboy, right?), I felt I had all my musical bases covered pretty well. But the more I read about them and ClieOS' glowing review made me take notice.
I'm in the middle of moving so all my possessions (phones included) are being shipped and won't arrive at my new residence for three weeks. I decided to take one phone to listen to during the arduous wait and decided on the GR07. Not only cause of its versatility, but because it's got tinges of the signature elements of my other phones all rolled into one: 003's neutrality, SB's airy soundstage & non-fatiguing smoothness (which the 004 also possess), DBA's speed/accuracy/layering/detail/musicality, and the iM-590/PR401's balance.
So if these are the things you're looking for, I think you'll be quite satisfied with the 07.. happy listening and do post your impressions.
Edited by FlySweep - 4/13/11 at 9:21pm