The Utopia is definitely not syrupy! Quite the opposite, very quick and detailed. If you like the highs of the ZoomFred you would probably like the Utopia. The Utopia may not have enough bass for you though...... On the other hand, on tracks like Lorde's "Royals" the bass really comes through, and it is punch and clear rather than thumpy. To Sean's point, I think there is a time and place for all. I listen to earbuds at work because although I am often in a noisy environment with pumps and equipment running, I have to be able to hear people in case they have a question or need something. It is also a safety issue if one cannot hear what is going on. I have a sort of a system for what buds are used when: If I'm doing something that allows sitting at a computer or whatever, I'll use a 'nicer' bud but one that can still be replaced (like a K's Samsara). If I'm doing something with chemicals or changing pump oil or anything where there is a reasonable probability of the buds getting damaged, then it is Vidos or Monk+ (though not a limited edition color!). The more expensive and small batch buds are limited to home use. On the weekends, I really enjoy listening to the Utopias with their accompanying DAC and amp on a stand by my reclining sofa......... unfortunately it is only for a few hours a week, but to me it is really, really relaxing, and allows me to forget about work, etc. during that time. I can't stop buying the budget stuff though because I love exploring the different sound signatures, and also really love getting stuff in the mail.......... if every time I got a package it was a TOTL headphone, I'd be divorced and have to sell everything to buy dog food.