Agreed there are times I can not tell difference between headphones back to back on the same song. A lot of times it seems equipment makes the difference. To me a lot of the headphones I own tend to take on the sound of the equipment I use. My ears are not trained to the level to distinguish probably much above a midi range for sure. I have tried super high end models and can't tell any or hardly any difference. That does not mean there is not a measurable difference of quality with high end gear. What it does mean is I can't detect it. I too have schiit gear and am happy with it. The made in the USA thing means a lot to me. Not just from a manufacturing department but the parts and boards are sourced here too. That holds value with me. That dark voice has been so tempting but I ignore it. There are probably petty of better equipment options than schiit and I am fine with that. I am building schiit stacks for office and home for me personally.