Yes to the first
No to the second
i just share my impressions and not asking anyone to love anything.
i find it weird when people pick comparisons like this and make others believe in what might be untrue.
let me explain, i saw many people doubting 1+2 and putting them against some cheaper IEMs claiming the premia was not worth. it led me to purchase some IEMs which otherwise i would not. later when i got audition of 1+2 i realized how stupid i was believing all those opinions.
see my point better now?
NB: there is no invitation to like what i have but there is no sense putting bold statements that might happen to be just incorrect. Reference Monitors from UE (quickly auditioned by me thanks to James444) sounded dead clean, neutral BUT soooooooo boring and lifeless that i would not take them. HOWEVER some other people would marvel at them and most likely these people would never look at ASG2 or SD3.
I'm looking at UERMs for reference monitors, but the problem is I am not sure they are worth the price. I'm also considering getting the F111 and a Flat-4 of some kind. I know I don't like the sound or rather the presentation of the Etymotic. Maybe it is time for me to give them another go, but I just recall not liking them...