I continue to enjoy reading your review. Due to the IE8's bass over-riding their nice but relatively recessed mids and highs, I felt that the Monster Turbine Pro Gold were a little better than the IE8. Amp synergy was important with the IE8 to me, and only with the ALO Amphora amp did the IE8 sound truly phenomenal (to the point that I could not believe what I was hearing it was so good). I think they sounded just as you described, but I thought the MTPG's superior bass control and improved balance vs the mids and highs outweighed the IE8's bigger soundstage. Still, someday I hope to get another IE8 just for listening with the Amphora. Cheers!
Thanks. I really like the balance of the Golds - it is far better than some reading indicated believe before I got them. The mid-bass hump isn't nearly as big as it is on the IE8s but sub-bass is just as present. But I've never really gotten used to the Golds' treble. While technically proficient and very smooth, it just lacks... character. I am a bit of a treble fanatic so something with a bit more bite jives better with me. I have a few other issues with the Golds, especially when a track starts getting busy. Definitely curious to try the Coppers or even the Monster MDs .