EDIT: it is intimate and engaging to me. Alot. If you amp them, add bass boost and Clear Bass if you got a SONY DAP. I couldn't be more happier with this purchase after years of searching for the perfect sound. They're not perfect, but are close to that to these ears after some adjustements (EQ). You guys without a SONY A86x DAC will never feel it the way I feel because it's SONY's Clear Bass that does a big part of the job. Also the JDSLabs C421 since the E11/E17 highs are too unnatural and muddy.
1) Isn't Sony A86x a portable mp3 player? I'm listening music from my computer only.
2) It's irrelevant how it sounds with all those things added as you can also add those things ontop of 1R as well and 1R will be still similarly ahead in those aspects (intimate etc) as the K167 (same settings vs same settings). It can vary a bit depending on headphone how well they adapt to sound tweaks but never more so than the natural difference in the headphone to begin with.
About the EQing, I have following problem. I need to use WASAPI due to my dolby headphone foobar2000 config, Realtek's EQ doesn't work with WASAPI (and well isn't any good to begin with, affects sound quality too much), only directsound. I want a system wide EQ option so the only other option software wise is using Virtual Audio Cable as output device + VSThost app + VST EQ but that's too much of a hazzle IMO. I've tried both an ASUS Xonar D2 and Titanium HD soundcard but really didn't like both that much. The remaining option is then to buy a hardware EQ which are kinda expensive, the "useful" ones starts there roughly at 125 EUR+ and "good" ones roughly 250+ EUR. I used to love kX Audio driver's 10-band EQ as it worked so beautifully but it's too bad that the Creative Audigy 2 ZS cards just aren't up to todays standards any longer and I'd say nowadays Realtek onboard chips sounds at least as good (of course as long as absolutely no DSP processings are applied).
Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 12/19/12 at 10:47am