So, as a "consolation prize" for not getting into UCI, I ordered myself a pair of these: http://www.headphoneworld.com/product_details.php?item_id=318&category_id=186&category_name=VModa&group_name=headphones. I didn't want to spend a crazy amount of money, though the Shure E series is fantastic, so I settled for good and cute. It came in today, and its comparable to the lower end of the E series headphones, at least to my unrefined ears. They're shiny and cheaper too! Win!
I don't think Queensryche has ever sounded this good to me before ::happy sigh::.