I think the Nova is good, but it doesn't quite strike the right balance for me between forward mids and clarity. Good IEM and it's definitely the right one for many out there, but of course with hindsight, would I have bought it? Probably not. I love how it looks and it fits fairly well (how well is just down to me having small ears), but somehow it feels a little muffled. Could just be because I've been darting back and forth between it and the Supra. Kinda like how I feel about the HD600/650 where I feel the HD650 is just a tiny bit muffled compared to the HD600. And even though a lot of people say that it's the most fun of the CA IEM line, it feels far more balanced and polite than one would think (keeping in mind that I haven't actually heard the rest of the lineup though). For my ears and music tastes, it feels very realistic balanced. Not reference balanced like frequency-wise since I'm sure the bass levels are higher than flat and that on the whole it's not reference neutral, but it's like a walk-around-everyday sorta neutral if that makes sense to anyone.