The secret sauce of the Encore is the airiness and separation. This combined with the tuning makes them sound incredibly spacious and natural to my ears. I don't need to turn them up to enjoy them. I can listen to them all day long at a moderate volume. They are a masterpiece IMHO. They really nailed it in terms of sound and ergonomics. I do wish they came with a second microphone and remote cable or bluetooth lanyard, but at the end of the these are things I can buy aftermarket.