I guess the problem lays in different reference points. I mostly use Stax and IE8, both are extremely smooth, liquid, non aggressive, silky, etc. People who listen mostly to armatures, got used to aggressive sound.
Also (it is different discussion) but i think armature phones don't reproduce treble correctly (all of them). They tend to be either not very resolving on top, or sibilant, and metallic. I'm very allergic to this. e-Q7 is definitely not worst of armatures, but it just not the step up, as I expected it to be. [...]