I personally think that MLE's guide is misleading, and sometimes contradictory, He says for instance that the Q701 is 98% as good as the K701 in the competitive category, yet he gives it a 9.5 score. Also, There is no way in hell you can measure these things like soundstage and recession of mids. it is barely noticable, it isn't like a mathematical computation where things are exact and you can assign definite values to certain variables. Heck, even the Headphone makers themselves can't do that. Moreover, he doesn't say what the source/DAC/AMp he used to test each headphone.
Just my Two cents
How is it misleading? Because he wrote 9.5 instead of 9.8, or because he even writes a numbered score at all when you can't really quantify a headphone's sound with numbers?
MLE is obviously aware of how hard-to-drive headphones are affected by underamping, so I could care less about him mentioning source/DAC/AMP used as that's not going to color the review.
Edited by chicolom - 2/18/14 at 7:47pm