Unfortunately, many people who speak about phones just spent a few minutes in a shop with them (not always in a quiet environment), listened to a few of their favourite tracks and then come and post their impressions. They often sound as if they really know the IEMs they're discussing (this goes both ways, the raving and the trashing) and rarely speak of the gear they used, the music they tested and the amount of time auditioning the IEMs and the conditions under said audition. Add to that not being able to try different tips...
This I agree wholeheartedly with. A generalist forum in Singapore had a guy declaring passionately after auditioning the shures for all of TEN SECONDS in meet conditions that, to his golden ears, these were the joke of 2013. It is perfectly normal for people to have different preferences, but ten seconds in meet conditions... Wow. I raised my concerns about this there too but nobody else seemed to think that this was a less than ideal way to audition. Ah well.
For what it's worth I've had these now about a month, listening daily, and I continue to love them a lot. So far my Favourite combination is 801-> portaphile 627 -> silver cable -> shure se846 with balanced filter. The shures seem to be very source dependent. They really change and show the different characters of each source/ amp I own, much more than a few of my other iems.
Edited by jelt2359 - 9/1/13 at 1:14am