He stated "slightly", which is a lot more believable than "OMFG I WUD THINC ITS N OHPEN HEDPHONZ IF I DIDNT NOE N E BETTR"
I assume the perception of more openness is going to be more due to the tonality change, than some magical soundstage difference. Kind of like the K702 sounding more open than it's warmer/smoother Anniversary sibling, though realistically, it's about the same size, just that the Anniversary has thicker notes, which give the user a lesser sense of space in between the notes.
The warmer the headphone, the less spacious it will sound compared to a comparable headphone that is brighter/more neutral. At least my past experiences have shown me this. There are exceptions (Sony MA-900 being warm and incredibly spacious), but that's quite rare.
Not saying the AD might not have a significant difference from the MD in soundstage, but I'm going in with realistic expectations, staying away from the hyperbole.
^That is a good way to put it.
When I said raises an eyebrow it wasn't in question of his assessment but more so of a surprise at his results in comparison to what others say. There have been some people that openly say that the AD to them wasn't way better than the MD. But this headphone thing is sooo opinionated that you almost have to hear them for yourself.
One thing that keeps popping up is that they are not super detailed.
One cliche statement you have to watch out for is "headphone x is better than headphone z in every area" thats an automatic clue of bias.
I have read your impressions on things and MattTCG's. Not to gas your heads up but I am eagerly waiting for your impressions.
Edited by grizzlybeast - 10/3/13 at 9:08pm