Well... the sig works for me.
Having had the W4 in my ears (exclusively) since I bought them a couple months ago, I put the DBA-02 in my ears today. Once again the clarity and brilliance that is missing in the W4 came back to where I really like it. Sharp, crisp, and crystal clear.
Don't get me wrong... I think the W4 is a more 'natural' sounding IEM. I think the bass extension and warmth (slight as it may be) have a bit more 'acoustic' quality to them. But they are not without their issues. The W4 have a severe dip in the upper mids, and a roll off of the highs. If these two issues were not present, I'd crown them king of the IEM's I've ever owned. Sure they can be less fatiguing than the DBA-02/ B2 (to some folks), but I've never had an issue with their highs.
My point is that some IEM's that cost 3x as much don't have the overall clarity and neutrality that the DBA-02 / B2 have. As fine and smooth and mellow and 'acoustic' as the W4 is, I can't really say they are 'better' than the DBA-02.
The DBA-02 is still my go to IEM. They should be... I own 3 of them.
I had a similar feeling about the W4 since I bought it. What attracted me to it was the "natural" feeling that I had when I listened to them, and I like them a lot, but for sometime now I have been wanting something clearer/brighter I think, if possible with the same level of detail as the W4.
After reading some reviews, I was considering either the DBA-02 or the B2, the later would be simpler to find but I'm not entirely sure if they are equivalent.
Do you think they would be good for me?
Right now most of my collection is in flac with a bit in MP3, so I shouldn't have too many problems with bad recordings and the like. Also I listen to a variety of music, ranging from classical, barroque, jazz(both instrumental and vocal), rock, metal (progressive, power), j-music ....