Are my ears broken? After reading so many reviews, I got the A161p in the recent 35% sale, hoping to find an IEM with analytical qualities while still sounding musical and fun... Well let's just say these really let me down. Subpar build quality aside (which is worse than my 20$ Meelec M9s), I found them to be somewhat tinny and congested-sounding, veiled. Listening to a classic tango piece was a real joy, but each time I go back to more "modern" music they sound like they have no detail at all. Maybe it's because the mids are so emphasized. This is my first BA headphone ever but after hearing these I'm not at all convinced that the single balanced armature design is actually that great for headphones. Maybe 2 or 3-way is better but I see no advantage of this single-BA design over dynamics (other than the fact that it is completely closed). I didn't listen to any headphone for a few days and then gave them another listen, and I was right back to my initial impression that they are really veiled. Maybe they're broken. Did anyone make similar observations?
Here's a list of the headphones I usually listen to so you can see where I'm coming from:
DT 990 (amazing bass and great soundstage but harsh treble and lacking in the mids)
Philips Fidelio x1 (simply amazing, though slightly smaller soundstage than the beyers)
KSC 75 (aggressive, but fun, not super detailed but still satisfying)
Meelec M9 (Bloated Bass and treble emphasis, but great with EQ and very musical, good build and very durable)
Brainwavz M5 (Build quality is only decent but for the sale price they are good, with a warm signature and slightly tinny mids)
A161p, compared to all of the above: Mid-centric with barely any detail, warm but in a bad, veiled way, zero foot-tapping qualities, I thought this was going to be an upgrade...