Selling the HiFiMan 801? Whoa I can't imagine. Have you tried it as a DAC/amp out from the computer? That piece of gear is a stunning achievement imo. Been patiently waiting on the S:Flo2 also. Think it's supposed to ship Wednesday.
OK, got the SM3 yesterday. Hooked it up to an iMod and the RSA Shadow. It took every ounce of restraint I have to not run to the computer, log into HeadFi and gush like a 12 year old. You have got to be kidding me. I'm sure this it what Westone was aiming for when they came out with the W3. Unfortunately they missed terribly.
Luckily I had company drop by so I was able to just let the SM3 burn in for a good solid 10 hours. Then I hooked them up to the P-51 Mustang which was attached to the Pico Dac out from my computer. The truth is, I have not had the pleasure to hear an iem before that sounds so.........so real I guess is the word. My brain when I'm listening to these make me feel like I'm listening to a pair of planar magnetic or ribbon speakers. I happen to love that sound. I get the impression of a live performance rather than a performance that is "manufactured" with audio equipment.
I keep looking for their weakness but so far I have not been able to pin one down. Usually an iem that stuns me at first, soon reveals its weakness or flaw.
I really liked and still do Monster's Pro Copper. Still there is no comparison. The SM3 is so much more dynamic I hate to admit it leaves the Copper in the dust.
Like a few of you, I also got a "bag o tips" from Sensorcom. Almost 80 bucks worth of tips to be exact. I haven't tried any of them yet, I've been using the default tips they come with but with shallow insertion. I don't even squeeze them or roll them like I usually do with other iems. I just gently give them a little twist into my ears and thats it. I'll experiment with different tips later.