Okay guys, I understand and thanks for your responses. I admit I am curious about W4 and this Sony, but not curious enough where I am trying to pull the funds together to try them out (as I was with the SM3, SE535 or even the DDM).
Yes, the 1964-Q has so far remained that satisfying to my ears where as I have found my true sound signature, and if anything I want to explore the customs world more (eventually). That's not to say I'm through with universals.
Now, I do think my next move is to get the Custom 3 (to me what the SE535 should have sounded like) reshelled and turned into a custom. If that goes well, I think I will do the same thing for the SM2. After that (and down the line and hopefully when used ones pop up), I'll try this Sony or the W4. Thanks again for your impressions fellas. Happy listening.
I think I still prefer the 'idea' of universals, and how they are more easy to sell if you're not content with the sound over time (and we both know how that can happen to even the seemingly most vaunted kings of the heap!).... I'm sure the quads you have must be amazing though! However, these EX1000s do some amazing things too, and with that impact which only dynamic drivers can provide. Isolation is another matter though... not as bad as the DDM, or FX700, but worse than the SM3 for sure. Probably somewhere right around the IE8, maybe a touch less.
Maybe they were stiffer out of the box, I don't remember. Now, if I bend a good bit further than to where I want them, they just shift halfway back and stay put.
Hi Eric, my position in this matter is pretty straightforward: the day I hear a multi driver universal or customs demo pair that manages to impress me more than an EX1000 or FI-BA-SS, I will consider going custom. Don't get me wrong, I don't doubt your personal impressions and I'm genuinely happy for you - but my own musical highlights so far have invariably been with single driver IEMs, so I believe my taste is just somewhat ... different.