They have certainly improved with time.
The unboxing photos were done last Friday and I gave them a brief listen.
With the iBasso DX200/amp 1.
Friday afternoon: A little rough around the edges soundwise. A bit rusty and crusty. Like they were trying to perform but were restricted.
Saturday morning: still a few rough edges but not as prevalent.
Saturday afternoon/24 hours: Got that Vega feeling.
Sunday/ 48 hours or so: Still got that Vega sense about them.
Monday, midday/ approaching 75 hours: Symphonic.
Tuesday morning: combination of Vega and Andromeda.
Tuesday afternoon/ 100 hours: Depth and width. Vocals and music more balanced.
Great layering and sound stage.
With Opus#1S - because I thought I should break/burn both in.
(Combo breaker- shoulda stuck to DX200 for consistancy in my findings- apologies)
Wednesday evening/124 hours: Smoother, deeper, exquisite.
Earpads need breaking in also for a decent seal.
Lovely vocal representation.
Bass at times still a bit slow and lingering.
Hits deep (whatever that means - I had a cold and fever that evening and today).
Back to iBasso DX200/amp1
Thursday/today/in bed with a cold/150 hours: Overall the Cascade has tightened up considerably. Bass is faster and tamed.
Track reproduction is accurate and leans towards a reference sound.
Sound stage is more noticably expansive and instruments well placed.
Vocals centered well within ones skull.
Even though the pads havent been properly broken in the fit is better.