As ClieOS says, the Living are quite analytical and can be sibilant. I like them, but sometimes the highs are too sharp. The Live are better overall since they are more balanced
Well, I might give it a try down the line. Especially I can share my impressions of the vintage earbuds that I own.
I can try to give my impressions when I get the time.
In the meantime, you can check out some old threads that I looked up while researching the Aiwa and Sony earbuds. After that, it was just a waiting (and bidding) game on Ebay...
Somewhat difficult thread to follow since much is written in Chinese: http://uc.jd-blog.com/thread-239378-2-1.html
Review of Aiwa HP-D9 and Sony MDR-E262 from 2011: http://www.headphiles.org/index.php?topic=1954.0
Here you can check out old Aiwa headphones and earbuds: http://20cheaddatebase.web.fc2.com/AIWA/aiwaindex.html
And some old Sony stuff: http://20cheaddatebase.web.fc2.com/SONY/sonyindex.html
You have to be prepared to pay a lot for the more well known Aiwa and Sony earbuds. But you can find older and lesser known Aiwa earbuds cheap. I got my HP-D2 for around 10 euro in total and I'd rank them on the same level as Yuin PK2 and Blox M2C. They are quite lean on bass, but have a very detailed and tranparent sound. I got the HP-V541 cheap as well and they are much more bassy but less detailed than the D2.
Back to topic, since this is a Blox TM7 thread. I have ordered a pair and hopefully they will arrive by next week. I've sold my M2C, so I cannot compare the TM7 to those, but I'll try to post my impressions.
Edited by Danneq - 9/6/12 at 4:38am