You are in a way, answering your own question. People hear differently, they have different frames of references so how will asking for another viewpoint clarify anything? The only impression that matters is yours in the end. Are you at all able to find the ERA-1 from a vendor with a return policy? The other thing that I try to keep in mind is how the same person can have different hearing acuity throughout a day. Sometimes at night I find a headphone sounds differently than I remember it sounding, but the next day it may sound like I remember it. I'm not trying to be difficult, and I hope that you do get to hear the Quad for yourself, I personally thought it sounding very well voiced.