I get where you are coming from and I typically feel the same way wanting to use an iem across all sources. However, we're only talking a $10 investment and, IMO, the effect is significantly better than most iems I've heard. The Somic driver, after EQ, sounds incredibly clear, nimble and dynamic. I will be picking one up when it's released and having spent a good deal of time to recreate the EQ on my iPhone, in Equalizer, will be using it quite often. Switching from the AK240/UERM (balanced) to the iPhone/Somic was pretty seamless with zero adjustment time. Didn't mean to derail the Tenore thread, I just figured a bunch of you guys would appreciate the Somic with EQ, knowing you love the Tenore for the same reasons I do. Edit: seems retail price on the Somic may be $30, not $10.