2) try a different amp/dac combo before drawing conclusions.
* note on burn in, I have an W3000anv that I've been using regularly for the past year and a half, and I also have another one stashed away that I've used less than 2 mins.
You too ?! What does this audio gadget do to some of us... it is some kind of witchcraft trick or enchantment. I have not seen, on these head-fi fora, admissions of buying, for instance, a second Sennheiser HD800 but there are many who bought a second W3000ANV and there is a guy who bought three of them...and I am thinking of doing the same. The sound signature of these headphones is utterly addictive; we might not see another headphones with this kind of magical tuning for decades to come.
P.S. - Here is a song turned by W3000ANV to an audio honey cake, with a beautiful tonality of the mid frequencies and with a very nice growl on the bass end. [And playing it from a CD the quality of sound is even much better] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB9aAxrX8NA
Edited by zorin - 1/2/14 at 3:35pm