I am definitely in the Fischer DBA-02 fan club these days. Got a pair from Ethan's second batch in early June, and have used them as much as possible ever since. So now I'm thinking about what to use as a backup if something should happen to these while I'm waiting for more to arrive from Russia. I am NOT inclined to use different IEMs for different music, and haven't found ANY SQ deficiencies with these Fischers. My thoughts:
1. Bite the bullet now and order a second set of DBA-02's at Ethan's sale price.
2. Panasonic HJE900, which have been described as very similar to DBA-02 with more bass (with foam in the nozzle and/or Comply tips to calm the treble). Basically the same cost as Option 1, but with a slightly different sound sig and robust build quality.
3. Hippo Shroom EB. Have any DBA-02 users also heard these? Is there any likelihood of a Shroom-i EB (smart phone compatible) version?
4. Any info about the ETA for the Maximo iM-790/795?
My other current IEMs are in my sig, but none get any listening time any more since their sound sigs are much too colored and less satisfying after the DBA's.
Too bad that Fischer doesn't do a mic/remote version of the DBA-02 - that would be my "perfect" IEM. Yes, I've tried the Shure Phone Adapter, but that's pretty awkward compared to something integrated like the NE-7M or M9P.