Isn't it weird how something as niche as headphones can descend into matters of perceived rank and class?
Still - I like the TDS202 and I'm not quite deaf. Go figure. Objectivists will doubtlessly point to this as evidence of my lack of audiophile character and an invalidation of my dislike of the O2.
We may have to form a secret society for our non-audiophile approved adventures. Maybe the website could be called Head-Lo-Fi.org.
And yes, the TDS202 can sometimes make things a little sibilant or bright, but of course there is a bypass switch for any song where it is too much. Otherwise, it is a nice way to hear more details in the music. It does work well with the 3D on the iCAN, although they can both have that same effect, so again, sometimes you need to turn one off. However, as I have gotten used to them, I have tended to use them both most of the time, and I find I miss them now when I turn them off. I also have switched to a warmer set of interconnects as the Anti-Cable IC's seem to also add to the brightness. I am now using two Zu Audio Mission 1/8 to RCA IC's which I got for a good price on Ebay, and these seem to match up better, although they are still breaking in.