I think I made it very clear that everything I said was entirely based on my preferences and that it wouldn't necessarily apply to everyone. However, I did use the two measurements floating around on the net to help narrow down what areas in particular were bothering me. I did not find the measurements to be an exact match to what I heard, but they were close enough to help. I'd say I was about as thorough as you can get in that process for someone limited on time (have them for 3 days on top of working a night shift job).
That said, there is no harm in trying out someone's suggestions before knocking it just because we don't all have exactly the same ears. You also can't leave out the many similarities our ears share among us all. We all are humans after all...I assume.
Great review, and a good example of a balanced look at the AD's.
I am a huge fan of judicious EQ-ing. I would rather spend time and pennies learning how to do it correctly than thousands of dollars experiment with different HP's/amps/dacs. I find the AD's to be nicely responsive to subtle EQ.
But what's with all this talk about ears? Ears are only the receiver: The processing takes place in the audio cortex of the brain, NOT in the ears. But that's another topic.