So I've been streaming folk music by Shakey Graves… some indie stuff that can't even be found on wikipedia… (found through headphone.guru). With my current rig of Micro iDSD (DAC) -> Cypher Labs Duet (amp) -> Fidelio L2, I feel like I want to retract any statement I ever made on veiled male vocals but I know my rig plays a large role in the overall sound. The music is acoustic but has that kind of haziness of a home recording instead of those clear but extremely processed recordings. It sounds like true analog playback… vinyl with vacuum tubes. I've been streaming this album the entire day and I don't normally enjoy folk music. Clear, warm, and smooth sounds.
With most other music, it's close but not yet perfect. I'm thinking of something like an Analog Squared Paper TUR-06 or a Fostex HP-V1 to replace the Duet. Most of the other flagships don't do it for me. The HD800, HD700 are out. The Audeze LCD-2 wasn't much of an upgrade when I demoed it. I haven't demoed the LCD-3, XC, and X but they're out of budget anyway. The Beyers don't do it for me. My hopes lie on the Alpha Prime or the HiFiMan HE-560.