I should reiterate and clarify, too.
The Mikros 90 are not the "perfect" headphones that do everything better, in every department, across-the-board, than every other headphones out there that I have tried. But their particular synergy--in tandem with their exhaustive list of exceptional capabilities--is very, very special indeed. Dang near "perfect" to my ears! : )
For example, in terms of absolute resolution of low level detail or absolute size of the soundstage, the Mikros 90 (although remarkably adept in these respects) are not the HE-6's equal. But it is all the other listening elements--some of which I definitely think the Mikros 90 DO do better and/or at least as well as the HE-6--in addition to low level resolution and soundstage (which, by the way, the Mikros 90 produce better than most other headphones I've heard except for the HE-6) and the way the MLs bring things together into a wonderful array/balance--both technically and musically--that make them extremely rare, singular and delightful to me.
I have been seriously in this game for about 12-15 years (nearly 20, if you count my "Berwin" and Sennheiser days), and I will say unequivocally at this point: if you were to put every set of headphones that I have ever owned or auditioned in front of me right now, paired with the sources/upstream gear that make them sound their best, I would reach for the Mikros 90.
I am convinced that, if the Head-Fi community and other ear/headphone users give this product a fair and honest listen under suitable conditions, the Mikros 90 will inevitably become, or at least have the potential to eventually emerge as, a true headphone "classic"--like the time-tested and user-attested HD6x0, DT880, K70x, PROx900, SR325i, SA5000, LCD x.x, HE-5LE/500/6, etc., but in the very top tier.
And when you account for the fact that the Mikros 90 are portables, it makes ML's feat all-the-more remarkable.
These headphones should be "destined" for greatness. And Martin Logan should get the recognition (and capture the market share) that their design talents, R&D aspirations and production efforts rightfully deserve.
Edited by pataburd - 1/31/14 at 8:53pm