Well, I have the DBA now as a loaner from a head-fi friend. Need to listen to them more extensively, but from my brief encounter they are some real nice BAs. Decent amount of bass, but these are definitely more friend to those listeners who focus on the highs. The highs are pretty nice. The mids are decent too - especially nice vocals.
I know I know, one of the main questions is how do they rank compared to the SM3. To be honest, they're nowhere near the SM3 quality in sound signature. Again, it would be like comparing apples and oranges. But they the IEMs could compete with the e-Q7 in some areas. The highs are definitely better than the e-Q7. The vocals aren't as warm as the e-Q7's vocals, which is a plus. I think the bass is a bit more quantity, but not necessarily quality if compared to the e-Q7. Drums sound more natural, however, on the e-Q7. Overall from really brief brief listening, the DBA isn't a bad armature earphone at all.
That's all for now. More later on, like next week probably. Thanks again to my head-fi friend for loaning them to me for comparison.