hmmm....the vocals on mine are a bit recessed. Well, at least female vocals. And I wouldn't call them bright and fun. They're more of an analytical can imo. Nothing like a K701 or something but they're usefulness in a studio shows.
edit: Oh and did you get white box or blue box version?
I have the white box, with "teal" or "seafoam green" top. I bought it from amazon, and it supplied from austin bazaar, a registered ATH store.