Honestly its a great headphone but Ive been listening to my Audio Technica AD2K (w/NFB10 or PicoPower/ODAC) all day and I still really like them and I think this Stax system is not too far ahead of my current system. It certainly is way more detailed and beats it in a few other areas but for some reason I feel like the AD2K is a more "complete" headphone. I will try to put it another way; I felt like I was more impressed by the technical ability, surprised by how good the Stax sounded and how I was hearing stuff in a way Id never heard before but then after my listening session today its seems I find the music more enjoyable/fun with the AD2K. That being said Id still love to own this Stax someday but I have a feeling the next step up in amp or headphone in the Stax line would be my end game someday. + Stax Mafia is hard to resist. Justin do you have a 10 year layaway program available?