Conversely, a sound signature as dry, lean, and analytical sounding as the AX-60 is seldom admired. Whether good or bad, that's for the listener to decide.
And no, having been an early adapter of the IE800 ever since it was initially introduced, the IE800 is far more proficient, with significantly greater (sub)bass impact and less metallic highs. The AX-60 is best contrasted with earphones mentioned earlier (all personally still on hand). When the mood is right, I too reach for a bright and airy sound signature. But for those intents and purposes, the K3003i and FI-BA-SS, to this day, remain unprecedented.