This is why free trial periods are critically important. I value everybody's inputs to point me in the right direction toward what I want to audition, but in the end I trust no opinion but my own when it comes to my own head-fi system choices... We're buying personal audio, not a concert hall system intended to appeal to hundreds or thousands of people. We don't have to worry about pleasing the "average" listener, whoever that might be. No two people hear/process things exactly the same (except maybe identical twins who have had the same exact life experiences). We all need to try particular head-gear ourselves, not just read others' opinions.