cool, I like the wood housing look too! How "wood" you say these compare to other in ears in a similar price range?
After a few weeks of burn in/usage, I really like them for the price. I like them MUCH better than my UE 5EB's. I got tired of the UE's muddy bass. The Rains' bass is much more solid and controlled. The mids/highs are quite good as well. There's an internet IEM called the RE0 from Head Direct that's popular around $79. My friend loved them when he had to replace his old Shure 4EC's. I tried them and really liked the mids/highs but the bass was almost invisible. The Rains were better.