"Validate" ? Seriously? Who are you that you think I need to validate myself to you? This is a forum, open to all who register and whoever said that this is off track is completely right! I put up a post to tell people of the experience I had with Rob who, by the way, makes CUSTOM shells for our earbuds - do you know what "CUSTOM" means? It means that he works on your buds one at a time and they get completed when they're done...that's it. If you want off-the-shelf time frame, then buy off-the-shelf and quit your whining!
I thought I'd glean some good information from this site, but at this point, the majority of what I've seen since I joined has been pretentious asses who think, just because they own some "high end" equipment that they're better than others on here.
I've been a professional sound engineer (like, that's what I do for a living...THAT kind of professional) for over 30 years...I'm the guy who tries to make your concerts (if you lower yourself to go to a live show) sound in an arena what you like to hear in your headphones. I live in "the real world" of decay times, metal and concrete buildings and moving audiences. I work with musicians who use in-ear monitor systems on stage every night - they realize the value of quality monitors and you can trust me, we don't trust our ears to any esoteric amplifiers - we use what is available in top quality belt packs and they sound great.
That's my soapbox for now...I'm sure this will create its own new firestorm but I just got tired of the whiners. Have at it kids!