I think the initial incisiveness is causing me discomfort but from what it sounds like the Pi2AES smooths out after leaving it on for a few days. If I still find it too much I have a few ways to mitigate it. I can change out the tubes to a warmer set, eq, or fully switch over to the HD650 . I got comfortable with the HD650 yesterday in the bedroom and it was nice. That last sentence doesn’t sound right.