lol Staal was one of those I PM'd.
He described the 8.A as " a warm, thick sound that's incredibly musical. It doesn't have the same agressiveness as the JH16 though and the sound is much more relaxed."
I'm not sure I like the sound of "warm and thick" - does this mean that fine detail is lost in a sort of warm, syrupy'ness?
The thing I like about the JH16 is being able to really hear instruments, down to the the gentle stroking of cymbals where you can here the brush on brass, to the pluck of individual strings on guitars. With the sound being "more relaxed" does that mean that you lose the attack, detail and transparency with mids set further back?
No details lost AT ALL. Yes, warm sounding but all the details are there... gobs and gobs of detail. But they won't throw every single tiny bit at your eardrums like the Tzar 350 will do. By using what I can only assume are magic powers, The Wizard makes these hit a perfect balance between musical and analytical. You can enjoy the music and just let yourself be carried away, or you can spend hours analyzing the breathing pattern of the bass player. With the 4.Ai, the details are served on a silver platter for you. With the Tzar 350, they're thrown at you.