I also ask that you at least consider giving a scarce amount of units to a select few since the price point makes it hard to swallow.
I own the ath-ckr9s, which basically acts like the Ikiz, with a different housing. If you want, I can review it and compare it to the ath-ckr9s. I have a feeling the tuning will be similar but most likely refined compared to the ath-ckr9s.
If not, that is fine with me, since I originally was interested in these products, but the lower price point of the ath-ckr9s lured me.