O.K. everyone. I have the IE8 and I got it at an extremely good price when they were first released. Do I feel they are too expensive at $449? Yes. Do I feel they are a steal at $285? Yes. For all of those people complaining that they can't afford the IE8, well, now here is your chance. (By the way, I do not know the original poster of this thread at all.)
Thanks for the bump. Anyone can search by my username and find all of my glowing reviews of the IE8s. They are the best universal IEMs that money can buy. If I didn't already have a pair, I'd be keeping these. I could return them for credit but I don't have use for the credit because I already have a set of earphones that I love (my trusty IE8s).