Its not that the DBA-02 has awful bass, but it will have less than you expect. Most people automatically assume that because headphones are more expensive, they will perform like the best damn thing on earth. I have let my friends use several of my IEM's and they always tend to go for the monster Miles Davis or Coppers. I dont know if its because they know I paid more for them than my TF10's, but I'm going to assume it's because they have prominent bass quantity and a very likable sound signature. The triple.fi's have less bass quantity(dub-bass, like the bone-shaking kind), but they are still my personal favorite because out of all my IEM's, they deliver unsurpassed detail while still being fun. Although, it may not be quite so obvious unless you sit down and try them side by side(you can really tell the difference with critical listening).
Its important to understand that when you get to higher end equipment, you begin to break from the culturally accepted sound of all the cookie-cut headsets and begin to dabble in sonic specialty.
As I have mentioned before, I think the IE8's are difficult to like because the midbass hump makes them sound quite incapable, but as you become acclimated to its sound signature, you may find it more difficult to accept something else. I personally find them a close second from my TF10's. Although for the sake of enjoyment, you may like the Monster Turbine Gold as an introduction to high end audio
Edited by aleki - 3/25/11 at 11:55am