Just gald i can contribute to the demise of Masa' WAYNE.
Here are my initial impressions of the X1's even though my 6th gen iPod Classic/ 4th gen Nano were not able to fully drive them properly. Straight from the players with zero amp don't cut it for these X1's. These need dat POWA"!!!
"Listened to these X1s for couple of hours last night despite it was somewhat under driven, but i got a good grasp of how they sound. So will see how those S2s will compare. The X1s are not dark AT ALL, it's barely warm. Pretty damn transparent to me, with pretty deep sub bass/ slight mid bass impact that is playfully punchy yet not fatiguing. Stage is between large to X-L, with pretty damn great mids, though slightly less forward than the gr07 BEs, highs are well extended but lack a bit of sparkle unlike the CKS1K. Overall an fantastic sounding open back set of cans that does justice to the entire spectrum. I can only imagine how much more amazing these will sound when properly amped/ burned in. "