seems the case man, i agree its for me to decide but its nice to enjoy stuff with friends but it even when listening to my buddys skull candy ink'd yes there was bass a lot of midbass punch but the mids were so recessed and the treble roll off was very quick after the mid range
and then listening to the gr07be immediately (well i guess for me only) the sound was day and night. guess it wasnt for him...
there is a diff for sure.its not like we like spending money for nothing.
i would say even sony has been concentrating on bass for a long time.
i would give u a clue.put ur friend on gr07 for a vocal centric song or predominantly instrumental song.stay away from pop and rap and then take his opinion.