Though I don't think the Etys can be beaten on their own game, comparison with the gr07 mk2 will be interesting. The vsonics have some tricks up their sleeves too.
I was getting a good seal with the Etys and was an er4p fanboy for years, but I always find them a bit light tactile feel, but it really depends on each one's threshold.
Great to hear that you're getting a good seal at last, olives works nicely with the hf2. The triflange is also really good.
I've owned the HF3s for a couple years now and have had the GR07 Mk2s for a few months. Years ago (circa 2005) owned the ER4Ps for a couple years as well and they were my sole portable phone until I tried the Shure S500s.
Maybe after thousands of hours of listening to Etys (generally because they're so well regarded on Head-fi) I would hope I'd 'get it', but I just don't. I prefer everything else I own to them... relative low end stuff at this point, including EPH-100s, FXD80s, S500s. To my ears they come off dull, anemic in the bass, and shrill. And I've tried driving them out of things like my old desktop setup (Metrum Octave -> WA6SE), O2/ODAC combo, and the Dragonfly.
So something about me must be defective to not hear how special these guys are. I still use them regularly - for conference calls with clients because of their mic. Music listening, no way. OTOH, the GR07 Mk2 are my favorite IEMs right now, so it's not as if I'm against a neutral presentation.
Edited by bobeau - 10/14/12 at 9:50am