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A single line in the intro text caught my attention, "a distinctly warm and subtly dark tone all its own;" how warm is this headphone's sound compared to other headphones?

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jaxtrauma
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Jan 15, 2022
My impression of a 'warm' sounding hp or IEM is one of accentuated bass and attenuation of the highs and mids, especially the high end, which some people may find fatiguing. Basically giving you the spectrum of muted timbre. Nothing too startling, nothing really stands out unless you're listening to a bassists' album. Probably good for relaxation or going to sleep. Not for me, I go for the best resolution possible and a neutral sound. I want my cymbals to crash and drums to percolate! I want to hear the guitar cry in the hands of an artist. Not to mention vocals. Just my opinion and experience. The best way is, as always, to try and hear it for yourself whenever possible. If unable to audition, buy from amazon or someplace that allows returns if you don't like the sound. I hear that Drop allows returns, though I've not had to try. I bought the HE-X4 a couple of years ago (when they cost $220). I didn't send it back even though its definitely a little bass-y, as echoed by many here. Being a planar set, it overcomes the slight attenuations and accentuations with great resolution. They do like power and scale well with a good amp. Hope this helps.
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jaxtrauma
1923
Jan 18, 2022

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Most of my collection centers on IEMs more than headphones, I didn't need any more headphones after I got the FOCAL Clear ;-) You can click on the dolphin for more detail. My best is the QDC Anole V3, along with a very warm sounding Cardas Audio ear speaker set. It looks like you have headphones covered. I never really looked for a specific warm coloration, other than that HIFIMAN HE X4. I'd be curious to see what you discover, though and how you feel 'warm' sounds compared to 'neutral'. It is definitely wooly, the high end doesn't feel as veiled as the HD-6XX, so there's that. All I can say is take a chance, at that price, you can't really go wrong. They'll always let you return it. Just don't expect it to sound nearly as good as most of those you listed ;-)
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Comparing neutral and warm, something can be both warm or euphoric in tonality yet still entirely neutral in how it delivers, much like something can be warm without being dark. If I had to describe neutral, I'd describe it as a balanced harmonic frequency response that isn't flat, whereas I think I'd describe warm as opposite to euphoric, where bass energy is accentuated and smoothed from the upper mids down to the sub bass, with warm highs defined as sweet highs. That's a nice collection, I didn't know Cardas Audio made an earspeaker, and looking at your list, I don't know very many of your IEM. I have very small ears and a lot of manufacture's nozzles are far too large for my canals, so I've got a much more modest collection of IEM: iSine 20's, TFZ Live X, Moondrop Aria, Monster Turbine Gold, Fiio FD5, Fidue Sirius A91, and a Moondrop Stardust on the way. 
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I'll take the advice and chance it, thank you.