I have been doing a lot of listening of two “earfield monitor” headphone systems from Roon: Tidal Masters and Qobuz Hi-Rez
Roon Nucleus > via CAT6 > dCS Bartok/amp > LB Mysphere 3.2
Roon Nucleus > via CAT6 > dCS Bartok > Raal HSA1b > SR728 cable > SR1a
I include the complete chain because I have found that it can make a significant difference.
These are two amazing units, each with its own strengths.
The Raal stack offers the best reproduction, soundstage, slam, detail, perfect instrument placement, and is probably the most accurate in producing that 3D “lifelike presentation” as if you were in the room with the performers
The MySphere 3.2 has everything the Raal stack offers, but with somewhat less impactful presentation, particularly in the bass and sub-bass ranges.
I judge a lot about a system by ear-time; which one do I reach for in a particular situation?
I often listen to music at my desk, for hours on end. For those times, I choose the milder presentation of the MySphere 3.2 which delivers incredible enjoyment for the duration.
But there are times where I want to really drop into a space of deep musical appreciation. That’s where the Raal SR1a/HSA1b combination shines. To me, it is like drinking a really fine wine; I can fully appreciate it in moderation. This effort takes a lot of brain cycles to appreciate every nuance in the musical presentation, and can get tiring after a long session.
So the answer is: I love each of them, but for different listening situations.