Hey, in a world where high end audio companies name themselves "Esoteric" I think the main problem is that we can measure a lot but sometimes things happen that stuff sounds good even though it shouldn't, based on the measurements. That's when we realize that our interpretation of the measurements is wrong. Hearing is so subjective... I just did a comparison between my DAPs with a source switcher with same volume levels, I did a blind test connecting the cables random. I was shocked. All the difference I heard before where gone. The "much stronger bass" with this DAP - just sounded exactly the same. The "airy soundstage" compared to the more limited one on the other - sounded exactly the same when I switched form one to the other via the switcher on the same song. It was/is really an eye opener for me every time I compare sources. I wish I could do the same with headphones too. Anyhow, at least one DAP didn't disappoint and really sounded differently - so I wasn't imagining all of it... The differences were still there but so much less exaggerated than my memory tried to make them. Sound - ears - brain - weird Schiit. Happy though that my new Schiit stack is about to arrive soon, yeah.... I will let it burin in for a minute or so, then listen to it!