SO, I've taken gradual steps to upgrade from an ipod with a Wadia and Sony MD50 cans to Mr Speaker's Ether C Flows, a Questyle 400i and soon to be an Auerender N100H. The biggest switch has been the balanced out on the Questyle, with which I'm hearing things I've never heard before on discs and vinyl I've listened to all my life. It's often plain amazing and I haven't listened this intently since I was a kid. And badly recorded discs sound even worse on this stellar platform. But the question I have is whether the sound I'm hearing with this broad soundstage is the way the music was meant to be heard? For example, things that were in the deep background on a regular headphone out come to the foreground with the balanced phones. The vocals or lead things on a recording are mixed in with background, where before they were more powerful in the front. I think of John Fogerty in the early days going out to his car and plugging tunes into his radio to hear the Creedence recordings so he could hear it the way most people would listen. Am I just used to hearing things on bad equipment and this is how it should sound, or is the balanced system making its own architecture? You all know more than me. I'm just wondering if you notice and think about the same thing. Thanks.