OK, I've had mine for quite a while now, so I thought I would share some of my thoughts with you.
These are probably the best fitting IEMs that I've had... so top marks for that. I was a little concerned that the CF would have an impact on fit (combined with the fact that my impressions were hanging around for 6 months before my Roxannes were built) but there has been absolutely nothing to worry about on that front. No pressure pains or anything like that... a perfect fit.
So, finish, it's good. I think the finish is a lot better than than some of the earlier examples that have been seen on headfi. Yes, there are bubbles - but they are minimal and facing in to the ear so I can live with them. I would have to be really picky to have complained about them. The Roxannes do look gorgeous... the 3d effecet of the weave is quite pronounced and have caught a few people's eyes.
The case... it actually a lot better than it comes across in pictures. It's quite dinky and is alot more visually pleasing than the pictures make out. The negative impression cut outs are snug and it's a nice touch. Will I use the case? Probably not... but it's a nice addition regardless. Again, finish isn't perfect but close enough. If you were using this as an every day case, it will get beaten up a fair bit (e.g. scratched finished, nicked aluminium etc I'd guess) - but mine sits in a drawer and I use a Peli case that I don't mind if it picks up the odd scratch etc.
OK, I use my Roxannes primarily on stage as part of an IEM monitoring system. It's good. It's very good. First thing that is very noticable is the amount of headroom that the Roxannes have got. Even when running them at quite high volume, there is nothing but control. The BAs seem to handle everything that can be thrown at it. Bass is one thing that always seems to be lacking in a live situation... and the Roxanne can deliver so much with plenty in reserve. The great fit and the good isolation means that the bass is plentiful in my ears - something that I craze... especially when performing. For bass junkies, they are a dream, they keep the bass tight and clean... and for most people, even the slightest boost will be too much... but it's there on tap, in bucketloads, if you ever need it.
The top end of the Roxannes is where things get a little interesting. They haven't got the brightness of say the 13s or 16s. The top is very laid back. It's there and the detail is there but there is a definite fall off. I actually apply around a 3db boost from around the 10khz range to liven it up a bit. What I will say about this mellow top end though, is that it enables you to listen to the Roxannes for ages without fatigue setting in. Great for long train journeys and the like. As for the "thick, mellow, dark, etc" mids of the Roxanne, yeah, I would say they are a full sounding IEM... but the detail is still there. They may have a warm characteristic about them but they certainly aren't muffled. If you are into a bright, sparkly, super hifi experience, these probably aren't the IEM for you.... but if you like a warm all encompassing presentation, they are probably a great bet. As I say, unlike other IEMs, I can listen to these all day with minimal fatigue setting in. I can't say that about my other IEMs... they definitely tire the ears alot quicker than the Roxannes.
Are they an acquired taste? Maybe... but you can't deny that they are a fantastic IEM. The whole experience of waiting for them was a little horrible and I don't think I have ever had such a miserable time waiting for them to arrive and hearing a load of BS with regards to progress etc but I would be lying if I didn't say that they are a lovely set of IEMs.
I think at this level, it's not really a case of one IEM being better than the other... it's just preference of the sound signature you like. If you have the money for a Roxanne, it's defo worth an audition.