Could be, but I'm not sure it's quite as simple as that. I think there's more voodoo nonsense at play here and with headphone measurements. Nonetheless, point is if you're the sort of person that likes the HD650 or LCD-2 w/ vegan pads, the Verum might sound a bit too bright to you. Certainly does to me and when compared to moderately balanced sounding speakers, but that will vary from person to person. And that's ignoring measurements. Still, it's easy to swap the pads and get the sound you want on these. Makes it a bit of a moot point.