I agree with the other guy, Hifiman is definitely having every retailer that stocks their product discount it for Black Friday weekend, and I'm willing to bet they'll go back up to 400 after Cyber Monday.
Edited by seniorfuzzy - 12/1/13 at 1:05am
Pretty good deal on the r3 if you're also in the market for a dac/amp, I would probably go for that if I was looking for new iems since I want a portable dac/amp to compliment my portable gear.
i don't think they'll be what you're looking for. i bought ie80 and sony xba-3 at the same time, and even thought i'm a basshead, i have used the xba-3 (with bass boosting amp) a lot more. the clarity on a triple/quad BA is far superior to the ie80. and while the bass can't compare to a dynamic like ie80, with a bass boost it's almost enough. almost.
my ultimate iem would be somewhere between ie80 and xba-3...so i'll be looking into the sony H3 (hybrid BA/dynamic) when the price comes down. (or AX-60, but they are a bit too much for me).
anyway, if it's clarity you're after, i reckon you should look into triple/quad BA iems.
you mean me, or DJ George T?
yes, i think w3 or w4 would be a good option for george. or even xba-3/4/30/40 or ue900.
for me though, i think they won't have enough bass. maybe xba-40 (if i was to get a quad BA, i would get those). but i think i need to go hybrid. while it's not the greatest IEM, i've always enjoyed my hybrid super.fi 5EB...so i think hybrid is what i'm after.