It is a very nice review but my personal impression is that the reviewer isn't quite calling it "bright" per se. Not directly. All he's done is reason that matching the D-Zero with known bright headphones would not yield the best sounds. However this is NOT the D-Zero's fault! Who on earth would knowingly listen to bright headphones as opposed to a well balanced, natural sounding pair anyway? Like Duh! I would say headphones should get chosen first and not the other way around - this way one's not forced to shop around for a dark, soft-sounding amp to tame a bright or aggressive IEM. Makes sense?
Getting back to the review...
The reviewer goes on to say "the tonality was much more neutral and resolving with a much greater degree of articulation compared to the [FIIO] E7"
These are all excellent traits to possess at *any price* my friends. Never mind from a product that only retails for $109 dollars!
And in closing he states: "The D Zero amp came across as the cleaner and more detailed amp with above average attack and decay in the uppers and a clean punchy bass that was tight and very well focused."
But at the end even this guy knows that it basically comes down to system matching. Period.
Except I contend that this *system matching* needs to be extended to ALL ancillary apparel such as LOD cables as they impart undeniable sonic signatures that will impact the end result.
So you can go ahead and tag it as bright all you want because I know the opposite to be the case. You should always judge with your own ears anyway, and I hope you get a chance to.
I am still looking for ClieOS thoughts on the lil' guy he has logged countless more burn-in hours and swapped the silver LOD cable. I think he might be in for a shocker.