I'm positive that if they don't already know about your issue from your post that you could email them with the shipping details and ask them to let you know when they receive the package with your impressions. FWIW, I also had the opportunity to demo almost all of the IEMs on my shortlist (and then some!) at RMAF, and while the noise of the environment may have played a factor I still came away thinking Encore was the best for me. Aside from great conversations with John, I had good opportunities to demo Empire Ears (super cool people!), JH Audio, 64 Audio, etc. I did enjoy what I heard, but didn't come away with the goosebumps. The were a couple of OEMs I wasn't able to demo, i.e. Ultimate Ears and Spiral Ears. One of the things that really hit home at RMAF was the impact I heard from different cables on the same IEM. I have a few sets of stock cables and a balanced pure silver cable from Lavricables from which I did notice a change, but because I'm pretty new to this I really haven't demo'd many before. I had read a lot about the controversy of the impact of cable upgrades previously, but wasn't sure if what I had heard before was biased by my reading. I'm a believer now. I recently discovered that Whiplash is in my hometown, so looking forward to checking them out over the holidays when visiting family.