Definitely, I never found a bright sound to be natural though, but phones with brighter sound tend to be more detailed, or at least appears to be. I especially like the treble on the SA43s, I used to be a bit of a treble head and lived for hot treble sparkles, but after listening to the 43s, the sparkles and decay are just superb. Sparkles and brightness are all very realistic.
These are definitely very revealing of poorer recordings and sources.
Apart from the 801, what other portable sources do you recommend joe?
Edited by rangerid - 11/22/11 at 8:18am