Calling something silly that you have not experienced first hand is well… rather silly and disingenuine if you ask me. Also genralizing all high end headphones together under the same banner is BS.
I feel like you have some kinda of weird opinion on this notion that music is supposed to make a headphone sound better, but really it’s the opposite. headphones make music sound better or different depending on who you ask . That’s why we buy them and it’s not about some arbitrary number that you can quantify or label. It’s all about preference and what it makes you feel. The experience. The moment you try to put a percentage or number on something is the point that the hobby stops becoming fun and in this case you are entitled to your opinion and views but… I’m not gonna even bother replying to the rest of this post as it is just nonsensical ranting that has no place in this thread in my opinion.
@Magic_Bullet sorry that your thread got derailed into this. I will try to get it back on track now.
Between the two the empyrean will probably be the most forgiving for what source gear you have currently. The Diana will be much more demanding and picky with what you feed it. That’s not to say that the empyrean won’t improve with a better amp/dac becasue it will.
honestly I would recommend in maybe scaling back your headphone budget and spend some of that money on a better amp and dac to compliment what headphone you will get better. Also jumping straight to high end is rarely a good idea since you really need to build up expereince and listening skills to really appreciate it, not to mention preference is something worth taking the time to figure out. This hobby is all about the journey