You ware going to end up with a multi-ba custom anyway... why not assemble $700 and try for a V6-Stage? - If I read you correctly, that could be the only (well, maybe you will get hot for a 1plus2 or Ref1) way to surpass the SE846....
It is as close as you can get to being hard-wired to your music.
I would get custom but I am still a growing boy. Plus I feel like its easier to sell Universals If I need to suddenly.
Well in that case you have to go all in. First off is it worth it, yes. But cough 500 more and go th900 over ear and get as close to the sun without losing your vision or burning up. Fostex will blow the shure away, but iem wise, its close to nirvana without doing anything synthetic.
I appreciate the advice - i just have an IEM obsession in particular. I also think the SE846 sub-woofer filter is pretty cool. Plus 1300 is really really stretching it for me :P