Simply put: for me, the Triple .fi 10 is as good as it gets. Highs: clear and present, but not harsh. No distortion, no sibilance. Not so much airy as accurate. Mids: slightly recessed, but not fatally so. Without EQ, they can sound a little boxy. Lows: Deep, rich, and true. For those of us who seethe when phones saw the nuts off of bass drums, string basses, and tubas, these are welcome relief. Proof positive that BA bass drivers are feasible. Clarity: Very revealing. Not as revealing as the RE0s, but close. A few points of comparison: IE8: Bigger and warmer sound than the TF10, but lacks that BA treble detail. SE530: Good clarity with lots of attack, but weak in the lower register. Atrios M5: The closest contender. Just as deep, not quite as clear, not quite as bright. not quite as revealing. My question, then: is this all there is, or are there others out there? The music mix is utterly eclectic, the budget is up to $500. From what I read, the W3 might be a close cousin. Am I far off?