Problem is, massa' Wayne brought something to my attention: http://www.head-fi.org/t/696804/nuforce-primo-8-an-audiophile-phase-coherent-quad-balanced-armature-driver-iem-impressions
So now I'm thinking about waiting for more impressions on the Primo 8 before I pull the trigger.
You can blame massa' dsnuts for that!
As a wise man once said - it comes a time when one has to stop getting on every hype train even if it's full of happy passengers and save some money for the plane, which while costlier, can get one faster to that destination that all are trying to reach.
I other words, yeah, there are a lot of great sub-$100 iems and the Pistons are probably one of them. Yeah, there are a lot of very expensive iems that while great for some people can be awful to others and diminishing returns can hit hard. But once you get that higher-end iem that sounds like what you were looking for, it shows you that those cheapos have a long road ahead of them to get to that level even though they are advancing fast.
We will see if your wisdom rules if the Piston hype is sustained AND they get down to $10 lol!