Actually I got my former pair of EX1000 for less than I paid for my IE80s. Still the flaws I heard on the IEM didn't make me feel it was better than the IE80 even without the tape mod. The treble spikes I got from the EX1000 was atrocious and made it sound like garbage to my ears. Still most will disagree with me but there are others other than myself who also confirm the treble spike issues. So I am not alone on this. On the other hand the MDR-7550 (next in line to the EX1000) doesn't exhibit any of the issues I had on the EX1000 and is noticeably better than them IMO :). More bass quantity, better mid-range and treble that I can listen to without pain ;).
Edited by lee730 - 12/1/12 at 3:30am