Hopefully one day you'll be able to hear the im-02. In my opinion, they are actually a better version of the eq-5's, having great transparency, better extension in the high and low end, and somewhat warm, though not as warm as the eq-5.
Though to be honest, the eq-5 doesn't lose to it that bad, except the lack of removable cables..
Huh, really? The IM series is the new line of IEMs for Audio Technica right? They look quite intriguing and I think a good step forward for Audio Technica. There was an excellent and comprehensive review of the IM series I read here on Head-Fi and was highly praised so now that you mention it has really got my attention. :)
So I have made up my mind, sort of. Unless customs outshine universals in every respect, I will try to stick to universals because I'm not sure if I am ready to take that leap of faith. :P
IEM's I am considering:
In Ear Stagediver SD-2
Noble 4 (considered to be superior to the Heir Audio 4.ai)
The only custom I have been seriously considering is the Noble 3C but if you have knowledge of any other excellent CIEMs, I am open to other suggestions.