I received both the Zen2 and E1008, and have been listening to the Zen on a Jotunheim. I agree with your assessment of the sound. The Zen2 adds a certain bloom and richness to the sound that may enhance some types of music, but I find unnatural. I listen mostly to classical, and something I listen for is how well can it create an illusion of listening to live acoustic instruments in person. The Zen2 is too colored for that, and makes me appreciate my current primary earbuds (Yuin PK2) more. My reference is Sennheiser HD650 (actually Massdrop HD6XX) with balanced cables on Jotunheim, which I find to reproduce acoustic instruments incredibly well. Which earbuds can you recommend with extended, flat neutral response? Something I noticed is that if you put the Zen in the ear and tap on it with a fingernail, the plastic body produces a ringing, resonating sound. No doubt this is something that adds coloration to the sound, and it might be intentional. For neutral sound, tapping should only produce a dead, inert sound. I haven't listened to the 1More E1008 yet, but its packaging is amazing. I've purchased many earbuds over the years, and they always came in a basic container that is only large enough to fit the earbud and its coiled cable. The E1008 came in a box the size and weight of a hardback book. Very elegant design and presentation. I can see why people think of Xiaomi (the parent company) as the "Apple of China".