Don't expect the Liric to sound like an Elite or Empyrean. It has its owns unique tuning which I thoroughly enjoy, especially in mobile use with my Astell&Kern KANN Alpha. I recommend using a copper headphone cable to tame the treble a bit. I find the Liric to have exceptional transparency, detail and imaging. It is my favorite closed-back headphone that I have heard. I prefer it over these headphones that I own or have used in the past: Dan Clark Stealth, DCA Aeon 2/Noire, Focal Radiance, Focal Stellia, Sony Z1R.