Have you seen the measurements? Maybe you're confusing "bright" with neutral and neutral may not be your thing? If that's the case, seems that the HE1000V2 might be up your alley. They are warmer and still manage to compete very well with the Utopias in many ways. FWIW, I find the Utopia's frequency response to be among the most neutral headphones I've heard. The HE1000V2s offer a different sound, but still quite excellent overall to my ears.