The SQ was pretty good, but not worth the hype or the money, IMO. The sound was very warm and a bit bassy for my tastes. It still had a great sound for some genres, but I would say they are source and genre specific. Very hard to find a good combo with the 8.A, the upgraded gold cable did help though. Still, they sounded better than all my other C/IEMs at the time. But now that I'm a bit more seasoned, I can tell you that the 8.A don't do it for me anymore. That's why they're gone, and the SE5 are coming!
Lucky I haven't bought hair 8A
The SQ is not for me is warm and bassy , I like my Fit Ear MH 335 DW , Um Miracle and Tralucent 1+2 with UBER cable
Warm and bassy is not my personal taste