Well, I ordered my pair and sent my impressions off yesterday. Now the waiting game begins.
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I plan to try the cable it comes with first :-D
I'd say copper is better. Silver makes it more mid forward, which is something the Merlin is already, so you'll probably face some sibilance over there. And yes, there's burn in time for cables (mine had, for instance - couldn't handle it in the beginning, but after 100+ hours, mids got much more smooth). Using a Silver Ray, from headphone lounge with my Merlin
Never have heard the Audeo, but comparing to W4r, I'd say they are in different worlds. Sound signature, Merlin can be a lot more agressive than westone, and yet sound a lot balanced. As poind by rmappita, the basses are not all that explosive, but you'll be able to feel it more than in the w4r. I'd say their impact is more like the um3x, in which I had more bass impact than in the w4r. But the biggest thing about that dynamic driver is how extended the basses can go. You'll hear real deep bass now, which you probably couldn't hear before. Midrange, more precisely the mid highs, are a bit forwarded, what gaves the merlin such a power that it makes you feel you want to turn volume up until you have your head exploded. Highs are extremely correct, so you will understand what it means to be correct :D
Forgive me for my not so good english.
Thank you guys - and I think actually reading your responses made me rethink what I'm looking for.
Even in my apple ear buds, if I listen to The Warriors - Transistor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm6_bj5EIoM) the intro bass has much more of a presence than in either the audeo or the 4R. I love bass that's low like that - Maybe called "sub-bass"?
I've been looking into the future sonics as well. So tough and scary because I'm a student and you can't return these bad boys. Been saving up for so long and terrified of being disappointed :/
In other news, waiting on these CIEMs is much more difficult than I had expected...
Edited by Bazirker - 4/14/13 at 2:12pm
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I was never a decent critical listener, so I won't be doing in-depth analysis or comparison. However definitly will post some photos and brief impressions.