I'd just pick up another pair of MITs in good working order.
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I believe you have just describe the sound of inexpensive MIT ICs. Their top-of-the line ICs are killer, but the Terminator product line has flabby bass and undefined mids.
Since you were happy with Kimber 8TC, try a Kimber cable within your budget.
If you can stretch your budget, Tara Labs makes expremely musical and even-handed ICs.