That sounds a bit disconcerting! Too much detail seems to have a negative impact on resolution. Anyway, that's my experience with the JVC FX850 which I got rid of for that very reason. It's like a picture with exaggerated contrast. You can see everything very clearly (very sexy for a minute or two) but it hurts your eyes. Anyway, for a number of reasons I do look forward to hear this phone for myself. I've had a few TOTL IEMs (see my profile) but the only one I've kept so far is the Carbo Tenore. The IEMs remaining as well as my only over ear headphone are on sale. The Carbo Tenore is far from perfect, but its tonality is very close to perfect, and if I can get anything near the Carbo Tenore with more impact/note weight then The Duke is more than welcome. I feel pretty excited about hearing them!