1 Year warranty, Franck will work with you after that (I think 30 Euros for repair service).
Coppers are preferred to me over the IE8, but they are not the be-all-end-all to me. They are both on similar playing fields, as the Copper can't touch the IE8 soundstage width and the IE8 has better intricate instrument details than the Copper.
Using a boxing reference for mayweather: In my opinion, the Copper and IE8 and (fill in the blank) are amateur, and the SM3 is in the pro circuit! Sure, the others are good, but there is a step above and when pitted against the better fighters, the reason they are amateurs comes out! The SM3 knocked out all of it's competition in short time for me. CK10, down for the count. FX700, they stopped the fight early. Threw in the towel for the GR8. e-Q7 went the furthest of the competition, but was still knocked out. The Copper, CK90Pro, and RE252 have yet to step in the ring. And the MD also had a shot at a quick promotional fight, but was still knocked out! That is how I see it!
Another way is the Copper to the SM3 is apples to elephants :)
And that same person also has the DBA-02, which he says is extremely good, especially for the price. However, the SM3 (which he received Saturday) is a clear step up from the DBA-02. I am still contemplating getting the DBA-02, but I am selling everything else as I don't want to go down, so why?
Still not sure I want the DBA-02, but am more certain I will not get them as my friend's additional comparisons don't warrant it as, while very good, they are amateurs also :)
Edited by average_joe - 5/10/10 at 6:16pm