About how many hours, would you say, were on the MLs when you auditioned them?
A few comments:
(a) IMHE, the Mikros 90 take a LONG time to settle down, with midrange "bloom" and "integration" being two of the very last things to ripen. Many regular ML users report appreciable changes over time across the frequency spectra, whether ascribable to actual driver "burn in" or to listener psycho-acoustic adaptation.
(b) Might be driver imbalance. The earcup chamber volumes differ [less volume in the left earcup], but I am not sure whether that would translate to discernible differences in SPL. Could be manufactring defect. Personally, I have never perceived such an imbalance, nor have the decided majority of subscribers to the Mikros 90 thread.
(c) Granted, I am passionate about the Mikros 90, and I understand that they may not be everyone's fated favorites. Maybe they have a polarizing effect on listeners, or at least it appears to be so.
(d) Almost everyone who has bought a pair of the MLs and checked in on our [lively, convivial and steadily growing] thread has been favorably impressed, at least to a degree, with the headphones--particularly those who were former skeptics, or who were previously biased from having read some thirdhand negative commentary. That speaks volumes for the impact these fine headphones have had on the HF forums in general.
(e) I suppose I should be happy to be part of a really successful thread here on Head-Fi [i.e. the Mikros 90 thread]. And I am. We can be both honest and friendly with each other on that thread, and have a lot of FUN with this hobby of ours! Aside from their technical merit and likabiliy, which are obviously debatable, the Mikros 90 have at least been catalytic in getting a bunch of guys together under the ML banner and providing a prime example, socially, of what Head-Fi can be all about.
Edited by pataburd - 4/2/14 at 8:14am