haha thats why I bought the IE80's - Lee's enthusiasm sort of swung it for me too - plus the fact that I had Senns HD650's and HD800's and I thought if they make cans this good there IEM's should be serious quality too.
I enjoy my IE80's so much that I listen to them mostly now especially at home as no one else can hear my music - I can even go to bed listening to them and the wife cant hear a thing and even better I cant hear her LOL
Also to note - i have dropped them countless times, never used a case, accidentally snagged them - basically giving them a tough time but they just keep on going
Oh and one more thing - i stopped using the silver cable as I just couldnt get the connectors to stay on tightly - buds kept falling off and once I got home and there was a bud missing - luckily I found it in my car - but scared me enough to go back to the original cable even though the SQ was better with the silver - but you get used to it and dont notice if your not swapping out a lot
Yeah I agree with you on this (loosing the IEM) so I sent my cable back for repair and will pay a hefty premium to get a more sturdy cable and definitely much better fit regarding the connector so i won't have to worry. So far that is between Toxic or Tralucent. I almost lost my IEMs 3 times lol so won't test my luck again... Won't be upgrading the cable for some time but definitely will in the future. Always had them drop near my car as well :P.