The Ethers don't increase the 1-5k area, they are depressed through that area as are most cans, just not as much as the Ori's. Also, I think it's not just extra bass on the Ori, I think it's underdamped extra bass, something I go out of my way to avoid. Ori's more coherent than the Ethers? Not for me. cskippy said the balance of the bass/mids/highs are most ideal with the Ethers. Bottom line - if you are happy, that's fine.