i can hardly call myself a basshead if i'm listening through my two way 6.5inch bass driver 'stand mount' speakers in a largish room with NO subwoofer....all driven by 30kgs and 40watts of smoooooth EL34 tubes!
my x-can v3 drives the headphones very well...the 770s responding far more dramatically to the amps grip. they are not easy to drive.
it has been fascinating, and one of the easiest a-b comparisons, and you dont need golden ears to hear whats going on.
i just think that some headfiers have gone off on a distorted tangent of what they perceive as realistic or quality bass.