I had to adjust my upstream components. I'm happy now. I can now listen to those and other songs with piercing instruments without it being harsh. I was introducing problems by having my source volume at 100% (accidentally). I backed if off to 75% and everything got way better.
I think that could be the one drawbacks of the Utopia. They are so revealing that if you have any weakness in your system, they’ll find it. On the flip side, they’ll let a great system shine.
The other thing is they are a very energetic headphone, so maybe not the best headphone to relax to. I was always a fan of Grado’s upfront sound and the Utopia remind me of that in some ways but everything else at a much higher level. I haven’t heard any of Grado’s latest. This was the original RS-1 and the very rare PS-1I really liked.