I bolded the part that did it.
Or my own personal subjective bias towards self-gratification.
But that totally doesn't exist in the audio world.
(I'm running through a FiiO E11. Maybe I didn't volume match everything as well as I thought I did...or maybe it's a pad difference. I have the COBY pads.)
I've got a Sansa Fuze Rockboxed with a FIIE E11 that I listen to while I wait for car repairs. I don't get near the clarity, soundstage, vocals,etc, etc compared to my home gears listed in my sig. Not close by a long long shot! There are so many little tweeks that I have done, hardware and software....I am way beyond what I once dreamed of, and I am still finding little things that make a diff!