I think for the price/performance and also what you get accessory wise its really impressive. I accept it for what it is because of all those things (not saying you don't btw). Sadly what your describing is probably the Empyrean that they created. I say sadly because due to the technology and the R&D they had to put into makes the headphone $3K. They stepped it up BIG TIME from the 99 Classic and Neo but it isn't priced to the masses. I think the 99 Classic and especially the Neo are well priced for a larger demographic. Hopefully we can get some trickle down effect of the new tech of the Empyrean that will be the headphone you describe, at a much lower price in the future. Heres hoping I looked up both headphones impedances and also sensitivities. They don't seem to far off of each other. I thought there might have been an impedance mismatch with your amps or something. Possibly poor synergy with the gear you have? have you listened to the Meze's off other amps, or even your phone? I would compare a bunch to see if its synergy related with gear. If thats not the case then maybe you just prefer the presentation of your M50 more. I honestly don't find the Meze to be a strong V shape.