Think we are actually agreeing and then it's down to personal preference. The Oppo does soften the edge a bit, and nothing wrong liking that. When cd first came out, I changed my whole hifi to try and achieve that! Now, I'm leaning towards excitement, ears probably losing those highest frequencies, and I like Gradi 325s. It's all good, so many choices in headphones, and now DAPs too. On the mojo thoughts above, I would venture it has little sound signature of its own, a very natural sound. Whether everyone likes that is due to what they are used to and coming from, and what equipment accompanies it. I don't think it's sound can be beaten at sensible money, but still interested in an additional stand alone DAP. I heard the QP1R at London Canjam and it was best DAP I'd heard, above A&Ks. But aim to hear this Onkyo before making a move.