Should I just throw caution and budget to the wind and splurge for the CK10? I'm a little bit afraid the DBA-02 will be a little too analytical and dry to be really enjoyable. The CK10 seems to have the right amount of balance of everything... what would be a full-size equivalent?
IMO, its the CK10 that's drier and more analytical than the DBA. I think the DBA is more natural and fluid sounding while the CK10 then the ER4S are the analytical ones. Though they are still musical while other analytical phones aren't. I think you should look at Fisher 003, Sennheiser HD598 and Beyer 880s for headphones.