I think a large part of that are the tips... I messed around with the tips a bit and they definitely affect the sound quite a bit. But maybe I'm just too used to the kef m500 and q701 so the upper treble on the gratitudes seem a bit more emphasized than I'm used to... actually the highs don't particularly bother me, and the presentation as a whole is wonderful so I think the highs fit right in- it was just a side note I found.
Edit: Oh yeah, the presentation of the cymbals isn't bad just different than I'm used to (almost a tad splashy to me, but everyone hears differently). But it could be burn in and tips fitting differently, I'll continue to mess around with the eartips and see how they change as I use them more.
Edited by Darknet - 10/28/13 at 9:37pm