I've been poring over reviews for weeks on end, trying to find a top-tier earphone that fits my taste. I just bought the W3, and even though I love the way they sound and would keep them if I had the money, they lack the forward midrange and deep, textured bass that I want. I loved the impact on the W3s, it's just right and sounds perfect for my tastes in terms of impact level, it's so tactile, but the amount of upper bass is too much and when combined with the fact that the midrange is not forward like my Shures and MS400, they just can't satisfy me. If the midrange was forward, I would probably keep them and be done with it.
I have considered the SE530/535, and I think they would be perfect if they didn't suffer from bass roll-off and had a little more impact...but they don't. I like what I hear about the GR07 and I imagine I could EQ it to my preferences, but I've avoided buying it once now because I'm really afraid it will sound boring coming from Phiaton MS400, Shure SE215, and Klipsch X10, all of which are colored and definitely not as neutral as the GR07.
Should I grow up and just get the GR07? Is the real audiophile in me going to be let down and feel shallow if I go the MTPG route, and will they give me the vocals I'm looking for? I know the SE535 won't be bassy enough for my liking. I want to believe I would love the SM2 or SM3, but my experience with the Klipsch X10 and W3 has me hesitant to go the BA route again. I've received a very strong recommendation for the FX700, but I'm afraid the midrange won't be forward enough for my liking. In reality, I want the MS400 in IEM form, but with punchier bass that goes all the way down, and more prominent/extended treble. This is probably absurd but I want to come as close as possible.
Can anyone who has heard any combination of these give some input?