Haha! Not far off, as I still owe my wife a doggy for the Phantom and then I will need to add another doggy for a dappy. I want to look for a slightly less laid-back DAP and expect I will then be switching back to balanced. It just seems to be something typical of the AK70 (and my personal preferences of course). Overall I would say that the Ares II 8-wire is great value not just for the Phantom. I am listening to the 8-wire right now with my Custom Art Ei.3 and the pairing rocks! Again, the intimate sounding Ei.3 just scale to greatness with the 8-wire and get a great sense of energy. Loving this pairing. So when it is not paired with my Phantom, it will be paired with my Ei.3.