All good points people, keep them coming.
Mentally I was hoping the KS7’s would do. That way I purchase them out of pocket & could use them as a backup set waiting for the advances in bluetooth. (Or spend more $$ and become an Apple fanboy) One of my HA’s died and that sucks.
As for the initial heavy cash outlay, I’m thinking that my cost to trial more than one will be interest on a credit card or line of credit for a few months. I’m also thinking that I can afford the KS7 retaining insurance for a later purchase of something more expensive. If the other ones are that much better, then I’ll simply drop the KS7 from my option list and use the insurance to offset the price for them.
I understand the audi’s experience + experience with a brand makes a difference. Problem is, only Costco has the KS7 and they don’t have the “latest” in other brands. I will have to see what they offer after my hearing test with them.
I was sort of hoping that might be the case. As an ex wannabe musician and a prior audiophile it was not all that difficult to tell if you liked the sound of a certain guitar or set of speakers. One would tweak both afterwards.
Having worn HA’s for a few years, I do have an idea of what situations are important for me to hear, that should give me a little advantage on what I am looking for.