I was in Japan about 5 years ago and got to try on a pair from a vendor in the tech district in Tokyo. Wow, is all I can say. They were the best sounding ear buds I've ever heard bar none! I waited years for the price to drop and it hasn't. About 2 years ago I got a sweet deal on the Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 ($179 on Amazon) and am curious if users on this board know of a place to pick up some SE530s on the cheap.