So ardilla, you just listen to HE-500 in STD mode, have you tried balanced or know of any who has ? Maybe I shall go for a Taurus mk. I instead of MK. II. If mk I is so good with He-500, the new tuning in mk.II could be a bad thing . The problem is also that there are not so many Taurus around, so we´ll maybe never hear from a guy who has tested both mk. I and II. Ardilla please take one for the team .
I have tried several phones in balanced mode. I usually prefer it in STD mode - it is more smooth - BAL is foten a bit more "edgy" - but then I like it somewhat smooth - and others definetly would prefer otherwise.
Yup - for the HE-500 i'lI bet the new tuning isn't necessarily postitive, but I feel the Taurus could be tuned even better for the Audezes. But then I would have it MORE warmish and not less, as they said from Auralic... Maybe they meant less dark/brighter. To me "warm" is about forward mids and mid-bass. But how the mkII sounds I can only guess, of course.
Of course I'll check out the mkII for the team, pm me for my address and I'll listen to it with my magic ears and give you the truth about it ,)