It's possible that only one review unit was passed around. I bought mine during the second drop.Yeah, I've seen your review and impressions videos on them, and I'm hoping agree with them, having just dropped the money for them.
I'm wondering if DIY Audio Heaven had the same early review unit that @metal571 had and panned pretty solidly, and perhaps that distortion at 6 KHz and the treble peaks were what offended @metal571's ears.
It just seems that not enough of these have sold and it's not HiFIMAN / Drop have promoted these all that aggressively to get them into more reviewer's hands -- or perhaps they did and some didn't want to crap on them so they declined to actually review them. I'm just speculating of course -- and hoping I'm wrong about that -- unless it was a case of that one (possibly very flawed) unit being passed around.
Not sure why so many limited reviews but it does seem a little odd.
I know that gear used can make a huge difference in sound interpretation and everyone hears differently and has different preferences.
Oh boy, (sweating) I hope I got that review right . I am sure you will enjoy them and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.