Yeah I remember disagreeing with you before about this one - all I can say is we must have very different ears, cos I'd almost go as far as to use the epithet 'punishing' myself! Maybe I'm just particularly sensitive to brightness; I've really struggled with the T1's peaky treble ever since I bought them - as much as I like them in most other departments, it's the one real drawback of the phones IMO.
Disagreeing constructively is healthy! :-) But in my Opinion the T1 s you have, sound like they're duff! Sessions with friends here , who are seasoned headphone users and who
Own everything from Abyss. Audeze, Sennheiser, etc , have, without exception, garnered comments on how smooth they are through the Hugo! So it's not just me!