You underestimate the gear parring, and also personal tastes as viable segments of the equation. Most entry level phones are "thump-a-lumps". Young Head-fiers like the artificial bottom heft and muted highs (necessary for hiding source and amp deficiencies). The ATH-M50 is popular for just such reasons! That AT is one horrid Headphone....(IMO).
Edited by achristilaw - 12/10/11 at 11:47am