Hey, tl;dr Been looking at Elear, Aeon and Z1R for metal (from death metal to radio rock), rap/hip-hop and 70s prog rock (Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd, Yes) through a Modi 2 & Magni 3? For Spotify at home; isolation irrelevant. I like to listen a little on the loud side. -------- So I've sold my monitors and am committed to jumping into headphones. Sound signature I'm looking for is strong bass and mids (most of the music I listen to is mid and bass centric with predominantly male vocalists). Treble, preferably would be at least well defined without being overly recessed. I know I can't have it all so I'd error on the side of bass and mids. I'm lucky enough to have a Hi-Fi chain in my area where I was able to listen to a lot of cans (though only through an old Macbook Air with a Focusrite 2i2). The ones that grabbed me and really stuck in my mind were the Elear. Almost bought them on the spot over the weekend but prudence prevailed. Grabbed a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro from Guitar Center that I really liked the sound of (now returned). But this was basically the first pair of decent cans I'd owned. Despite what I read on the net I found them to be fairly bassy and dark (but again I don't have much experience). Much more so than the AKG K7XX I've been using the last 2 days. To my ears the AKGs just sound a little thin. They seem to have burned in some with pink noise and music but they just don't have "impact" or "slam" to my ear. The Elear seems to be aiming for (and achieving) a very visceral listening experience. I really enjoyed how "impactful" they were. They struck me as very solid all-arounders as I got a chance to sample many different genres on them. Don't remember them falling on their face anywhere. The demo model at the store did have the clicking issue in the left driver though. Found it pushing the volume on XXX. FEAT. U2. by Kendrick Lamar (around 45 seconds in). I'm willing to forgive this as my understanding is it's a QC issue and I could exchange for a pair without that issue. I was pretty pumped for the Aeon Closed but Currawong stated in his review video that he thought MrSpeakers (in general) sounded similar to the Massdrop K7XX, which I've been listening to for 2 days. In fact from several reviewers I've heard that MrSpeakers is shooting for technical excellence more so than a "natural sound" or "fun experience". If I want a very engaging headphone then the Aeons may not be right for me? Or at least not the best in their category. The Sony Z1R just came onto my radar a few days ago. It's a significant jump in price, but I'm willing to make an investment for the right set of cans. From what I understand the depth and clarity of their bass is unmatched. But nothing is perfect and they may have some issues in the mids? My understanding is that the Z1Rs can "slam" and stay clean. The mids are clear; not drowned out by the abundant bass. And I believe it has sparkly highs that are very clear and rarely cross into sibilant territory. So as far as I can tell I could 1) pick between the Elear and Aeon and make some compromises around the $1k price point or 2) go with the Z1Rs and have an excellent all-arounder but will have to spend significantly more. If you actually read all this thank you Probably me sorting my own thoughts out more than anything else. Thoughts?