How do I want to describe it? For most albums I listen to, the highs, like the crash of a cymbal, have been close to nonexistent. Now, I'm not saying it's because of anything Zach does to the tuning of the cans. Because I've never had the chance to try the unfettered Fostex. This is coming out of both my Valhalla 2, and my Aune stack. Last night listening to them through the ifi was a revelation. Especially a track like Grandchester Meadow from Pink Floyd. If you don't know the song, it's pretty much acoustic guitar, vocals & ambient sounds of the outdoors. It was like sitting there listening to them play it just for me. I think part of my problem was I went into the Ori's with expectations that were unrealistic. I've come down to earth quite a bit as far as expectations go with audio equipment in general since I started this hobby. I know what I like and don't now. If I knew that ZMF were going to be making their own headphones I may have held out for one of those. But it's all cool. In the near future I'm going to pare down my collection and see where I go from there.