Oh, i definitely agree. Especially since the Zenith (And probably the R2 as well) easily compete with the >1000$ price range.After going through so many different IEMs this past year, I've come to a realization that the sweet spot for IEMs is around the $200-$400 price range. There are so many good IEMs in that price range that it doesn't make sense to spend 3-4x and barely get a 5%-10% improvement.
R2 is what i'm hoping to keep for a long time.
Moondrop KPE and Artvano Otato are the other 2. I spent $60 and $320 on them.
I guess with the extra $$ saved, I've spent on cables
And while cheaper IEM's, around 100$ are not bad either, the upgrade to 200-400$ is definitely worth it. For eample I have the One More Triple Driver IEM here, which is really good for its 90$ price tag. But i simply can't enjoy listening to it that much anymore, since i heard the R1 and Zenith ^^
Details in songs get lost, especially the low end starts feeling mushy, ect...
Now about cables, i really don't have a lot of extra money for that... as a student there are more important things to finance. But so far i am quite happy with my 20$ Chi-FI cables from Aliexpress, which are already a big improvement over the stock cables of the zenith (Might be different for the R2).