I just got the R1 Zenith and they sound great. Make sure your amp, source, and song are not dog shit and you will enjoy these headphones. Straight up, if you aren't hearing something great out of these you have problems in your signal chain before the headphones... These are very revealing, you can't buy them and plug them into an iPod, or your computer headphone jack LMAO. Sure some other headphones may sound great with your source/song, fact is they're probably not as revealing. BTW, to the OP, I also have the original phonitor and it is junk. And most recorded music sounds like cheap compressed crap because that is what it is. It has been digitally processed and had the life sucked out of it by lazy idiots. There are probably a thousand people on earth who actually know how things should sound and what speakers, amps, and mics to use. Keep that in mind when listening to your music, it's probably "engineered" by the band or a friend of the band who bought a mic at best buy and decided he knew what to do since he knows where to plug it in. I wish I was kidding in saying that! The audio industry does NOT care about sound quality as a general rule, that is for the musicians and producers to figure out if they care enough to do so. Most have no clue and simply don't understand everything that can go wrong in recording and mixing music. Back to the R1 Zenith, I tried them with a $50 SMSL amp running from the LINE OUT of my motherboard and they sound very different and substantially better than from the headphone out of the same computer. Does that mean all my music sounds great? No. Here is the dirty secret of high end audio: the music quality is shit and the better your gear the worse your music will sound. The audio industry doesn't even give you the high quality recording, they give you at best CD quality. Back in the day they used to do master tapes which were analog of the highest fidelity and they were digitized to lower resolution CD quality audio. All recorded sound starts as analog, that is the master sound. The reason I'm telling you this is that digital sound is by definition worse sounding. In other words, you will never hear the true capability of your high end system unless you have access to master recordings and their sources. The lesson in all this? Be careful about your assumptions about the audio industry in general and of what should and shouldn't sound good.