I only compared them to my buds, but in comparison to my other IEM's or full-sized cans, they are in the modded Porta-Pro category. They do not compete with my custom IEM's. They are bested by my Sony EX800ST and Phonak PFE232 universals. They do share a similarity to the Klipsch X10 SQ. I don't mean these comments to be negative, as they deliver a fun, non-fatiguing sound and can certainly compete favorably with buds or universals that are above their price phone.
I do prefer the very inexpensive AKG K311 over the TM7. I keep listening to the K311 over and over, thinking I am making a mistake in my preference, but the imaging and midrange clarity (where most of the music lives) is really quite impressive. The Anv3 has more bass, but like the AKG K1000, one doesn't really miss this bottom octave in the K311. Twenty bucks well-spent!
Edited by HiFlight - 2/12/13 at 9:39am